News

Sorry Guys, Wizkid Is Not the First African Artist to Sell Out London's Royal Albert Hall After All

News spread over the weekend, that Wizkid was the first African solo act to sell out London's Royal Albert Hall, but it appears that may not be the case.

Last Friday, Wizkid, performed a sold-out show at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall. The afrobeat heavyweight headlined an electrifying night with thousands of fans and fellow Nigerian artists Skepta and Tinie Tempah in attendance.


Following his buzzed about performance, news broke that the 27-year-old singer had become the first African artist to sell out the famed hall—his tickets sold out two days before the show—and congratulations were in order for Wiz. Fans and celebrities alike took to social media to congratulate the young star. Even the Royal Albert Hall sent out a tweet, sharing the historic news. Folks even began drawing comparisons between Wizkid and the late Fela Kuti.

It appears, however, that this information, may not have been completely true. On Sunday, one knowledgable Twitter user, Mr. Aye Dee, pointed out that Wizkid is not actually the first African, or Nigerian artist for that matter, to sell out the famous hall—perhaps just the first since many of his younger fans can remember. According to Dee, Sade sold-out the auditorium back in 1993.

For some reason, for some of Wizkid's admirers, this realization was not sufficient enough to take the title away from him. Some on Twitter argued that Sade is considered a band, therefore, Wizkid still remained the first solo act to accomplish the feat. Others questioned whether Sade identified as a Nigerian, to which he set the record straight by pointing out that she, in fact, does and listed several other African headliners who've sold out the hall as well.

This afternoon,The Royal Albert Hall, sent out a tweet, stating that they "may have got that wrong," and named Miriam Makeba as another sold-out solo African headliner.

Of course, it's not as if this news takes anything away from Wizkid's success. Sure, he's not Fela Kuti—let's collectively chill with the comparisons—but his accomplishment remains rare and impressive, and only helps solidify Starboy's status as a global ambassador for afrobeats and the contemporary African music scene as a whole. We're congratulating him nonetheless.

News
Image via TONL.

Uganda Has Lost Millions of Internet Users as a Result of Its Controversial Social Media Tax

The infamous tax is effectually driving Ugandans off the internet.

The number of internet users in Uganda has declined significantly since the implementation of the highly-criticized tax on social media, which went into effect in July of last year.

While the government claimed that the tax would assist in raising government revenue and help "maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently," said Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaija at the time. President Museveni also suggested that the tax would help "curb gossip" online.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Cover art for Riky Rick's "You and I"

The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Riky Rick, Mr Eazi, Moonchild Sanelly, Burna Boy, Blinky Bill, Niniola and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Keep reading... Show less
Literature
Image courtesy of Doubleday.

Oyinkan Braithwaite's 'My Sister the Serial Killer' Is the Lagos-Set Novel Rocking the Crime Thriller Genre

We speak with the Nigerian author about the success of her debut novel, and breaking the boundaries of "African Lit."

"I have always been drawn to dark topics," says Oyinkan Braithwaite, the 30-year-old Nigerian author behind the critical darling of a novel My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Her declaration helps explain the subject and title of her debut novel, which tells the story of Ayoola, a young woman who has developed a not-so-healthy habit of murdering her boyfriends, leaving her older sister, the book's protagonist, Korede to clean up her mess. You may have noticed it's ubiquitous cover—which features a young black woman wearing a headwrap, casually looking on as a knife-wielding hands is reflected in her sunglasses—on your timeline or at your local store. The internationally-released, Nigerian-made novel sits confidently on retail shelves previously reserved for mass-market thrillers.

The dark and humorous, Lagos-set novel is extreme—but not just because of all the murdering that happens. It also examines the extreme nature of the many things that can push people to the edge. For the sisters, it's: intergenerational trauma, abuse, the prevalence of a culture that rewards beauty above all else, as well as having to battle with their own personal shortcomings—just to name a few.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.