hit the Nigerian music scene in 2010, it was with the force of
dynamite. His rise to stardom was meteoric and every song he released
was an instant hit.
At 19, he had become a household name, boasting of a
multimillion naira endorsement deal with telecoms giant, MTN.
But then, with success in the music industry, came a world of
scandals and controversies. Not long ago, Davido embarked on a $30
billion tour that took him to 30 cities across the globe. However, the
singer ran into troubled waters with his show promoters when he failed
to turn up for a sold out show on September 1 in Colorado, USA.
Fans had indeed been angry and expressed their disgust at the failure
of Davido to show up for the show. Obviously aware that there could be a
backlash, the singer went online on September 2 to apologise to his
In a snap chat message, he declared that he would have been arrested
for credit card fraud like fellow musician, Dammy Krane, had he come for
the show. He stated that it was in a bid to avoid being “Dammy Krane”
that made him not to appear in Colorado.
“Damn they almost Dammy Kraned me smh! Can’t make the show in
Colorado tonight! We were at the airport for five hours. I’m so sorry!
It was out of our hands and there was nothing we could do. I will do all
I can to make it up to you guys… God bless,”
However, Davido’s apology did little to assuage frayed nerves. In a
swift reaction, the organiser, BME, had carpeted the musician, stating
that he deliberately missed the show, while dubbing him a liar, SUN
to BME, three flights had been booked for Davido consecutively but he
bluntly failed to honour any of them, under the guise that he was doing a
photo shoot, while he was actually partying.
“We attempted to book a fourth flight for Davido but Davido
failed to accept the fourth flight arrangement, stating that he wanted a
direct flight into Denver. We could not get him a direct flight to
Denver, as there were none; all that was available was connecting
Davido, who bluntly refused to make his flight three times, then
posted on his snapchat that he was not going to make it to Colorado! We
don’t owe Davido. He breached his contract!”
Disappointed and fuming, Ayodele Akindele, a staunch fan of Davido based in Colorado, had stated:
“It is obvious that Davido is not telling the truth. That he was
arrested is probably an excuse just to get off the hook. We all came out
and bought tickets for his show only for him to abandon us; it is so
Another fan of Davido, Balkissa Saidou, said: “(Davido) stole my
money, wasted my time and didn’t even have the decency to be honest to
the guests. So disappointed.”
And for Dan Asima, Davido simply took his fans for granted.
“It is sad that Davido chose to go parting while his fans here in Colorado were waiting for him. It is so sad.”
Meanwhile, in order to assuage fans, BME had organised another
concert for October 16 featuring P-Square. It was a free show. But lots
of music fans were not assuaged by BME’s option.
An angry Ashley Reynolds fumed:
“This means nothing to me! You guys still haven’t resolved
anything. And to sum it up, you guys try and bring another artiste out
here when the first one never came. You guys trying to butter people up
with a free concert. (This) isn’t going to make people forget how you’ve
wronged us. Nor will it bring our money back to our wallets.”
When Sunday Sun called Davido’s manager, Asa Asika for his reaction,
mum was the word. He neither picked his call nor replied text messages