Last weekend (Friday, April 27), revered American rapper J. Cole headlined his first Nigerian concert alongside an array of Nigerian music heavyweights; Wizkid, Davido, M.I Abaga, Tiwa Savage and more, at the famous Eko Convention Centre on Lagos Island.
The 6,000 capacity Eko Convention Centre was almost full to capacity as thousands of fans including an array of Nigerian celebrities were present at the event. It was also gathered that a number of people who attended the event were not resident in Lagos. Fans came in from Benin, Ibadan, Port Harcourt etc to witness Cole’s performance.
This isn’t the first time a Lagos crowd has brought incredible energy to a performance from a North American rap performance. In 2017, Migos performed “Bad and Boujee” to an audience in the city and received the same love as they watched fans recite the track word for word, stepping back from their mics.
The rapper shared a clip from his appearance in Lagos, which shows him performing his new song “Photograph” to a crowd that seems to know every word and is actually overpowering the rapper himself. Cole was taken aback by the fact that fans were this familiar with his material within a week of release. “Nigeria. Smhhhh. 7days later it don’t make sense…” he wrote, adding, “can’t wait to hit the road.”