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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.

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