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Why Anita Baker refused to rock Lagos

By Nonye Iwuagwu

She may be 50 but the international act, Anita Baker, is a crowd-puller. Baker has a great fan base in Nigeria and many had looked forward to watching her perform live after it was announced last week that the US singer was going to perform in Nigeria.

Anita Baker

The event, which was organised by events firm, Kilimanjaro, had a N50,000 ticket. But not even that was enough to deter Baker’s Nigerian fans. Lots of people still stormed the Expo Hall, Lagos venue of the concert to catch some fun with Baker’s melodies.

But they were in for a shock: the singer simply refused to perform!

Many thought it was a huge joke. How could people have paid such an exorbitant fee to watch Anita Baker and yet the lady refused to perform?

EVen when Basket Mouth, the comedian, took to the stage and cracked some ribs with his jokes, many guest still sat, waiting for Anita baker.

Nikky, the new kid of soul music, also came on stage and sang her heart out; still they waited for Anita baker.

And they waited and waited until it finally dawned on the guests that the American singer was not ready to play.

Efforts to find out from the organisers, the reasons for Baker’s act proved abortive.

But some sources alleged that Baker insisted that she would only perform in a hall that had a theatre setting. Since the Expo Hall, Lagos had a banquet setting the singer allegedly refused to perform.

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tell them say our eye don open oh,

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Let's assume you consider $500 as a chicken change. How many rural Nigerians living in penury have you helped with that chicken change? how many African kids have you spent $500 on their books, sandals, school clothes, medicine etc. I guess none. The likes of kanu Nwanko spends millions on Nigerian kids yearly and even though i may tolerate it if he calls $500 a chicken change, but i doubt if he'll do that because he doesn't spend his fortune on himself alone buying coach bags while calling $500 a chicken change.

I may have $500 in multiple places, but i'll surely feel bad if i lose any of them because it's not chicken change to me.

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It does not mean that if a person spends even up to 1 million naira in a day , they earn that much per day.

Some people have money, some people dont, i agree , and what you spend your money is is entirely up to you,

different people had different reasons for giving themselves the luxury of going there, i agree

what i am arguing about is the fact that we consider the amount "chicken change" and i am saying, it is not chicken change in anybody's currency

just because people were willing to afford it to go for the concert

For example, if Koffi goes to Paris, and i happen to find myself there at the time,

and he says his concert is 100Euros, i will sacrifice the 100 euros for the pleasure of watching my favorite artist

But that does not make the 100Euros chicken change,

neither does it mean i EARN 100 euros a day.

so please let us get this right, there is no harm spending what ever amount of money you want on something of your choice

but the fact that you are willing to make the sacrifice for it does not make that amount MINIMAL to any and everybody.

Peace

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I read through this whole thread and some people seem to be arguing from another hole.

The issue is not so much what they paid but what they received.

The flyers must have promoted Anita Baker as the main attraction so people paid and came and there was no Anita Baker and no recourse to individuals who have parted with their hard earned money.

That is the main issue here.

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[Quote]Because one spends money on things that may seem trivial to others doesnt justify the "Nigeria is a third world nation and hence you should direct your money towards other goals" speech that is always and endlessly thrown in their faces.[/quote]

Nobody said it's trivial but in this case, I absolutely believe that the "nigeria is a 3rd-world country" speech is in order. When poverty in Nigeria is mentioned, the first blame goes to the government, right? Go read my first post well and understand my point. If it was a Nigerian artist performing, most of 'em would probably never have bought the tickets to see the concert because it's a "local artist" but when they hear anything foreign, they jump out their butts. And yet, these foreign people continue to treat them like crap in their own country. What a shame!

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Nigerians are rich afterall, fukk what you heard.

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Anyone that is financial stable, or does him/her has to be a celebrity before he/she is considered rich or well doing.

Speaking from experience, if people spend over N100,000 on just enjoyment in one week then those people should be able to afford the ticket.

I personally will never spend that type of money on a concert, not becos it expensive, but I will rather get me some coach shoes and bags e.t.c

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50k is a lot of money but certainly, it is up to the owner to spend it however they please.

Someone said earlier that they would never spend that kind of money to watch Anita Baker but they would rather watch Eminem (for the same amount) in concert. I think that is silly because I hate Eminem but who am I to say how or where they should spend their hard earned (or otherwise) money?

Because one spends money on things that may seem trivial to others doesnt justify the "Nigeria is a third world nation and hence you should direct your money towards other goals" speech that is always and endlessly thrown in their faces.

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Even a Nigerian musician will not smile to the bank with 2M from one show because he/she will have to pay his staff, manager, taxes, bureaucracy, running expenditure etc and may end up with 500K after taking care of these things and how many times a year will he/she hold those concerts?

50 thousand naira is not a small money whether it's in Nigeria, UK, US, japan , Australia or even in heaven.

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Anyone like who??

in just a day? after doing what kind of job? protitution? ( how many men pay girls 50K per session ? ) armed robbery ( yes probably )

but with a dignified job it will be very difficult unless you are a Singer who makes a concert in one night for 2million Naira

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50k is a lot of money both in Nigeria and USA just to go and watch a washed up artiste. It's almost $500 which can pay a month's house rent in most cities in America. I, for sure do not see it as a chicken change.

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The money is theirs. okay. But the fact is that they are silly. I'm sure 90% of them will feel used,Molested and silly afterwards. 50 grand is not cheap for anybody,however rich or poor u may be.

Personally,i'm not really pissd about d cash that as been wasted. Anita Baker must be a pompous old hag for giving such reasons. So she thinks she can come here droppings on our heads .

If a local artiste had done the same,he or she might have been beaten up. The nigerian is sufferin from complex problems.

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Deepzone i have to agree with you

these artists can do that here because they know TIA ( this is Africa ) everything goes,

if she does that in teh states she will be find her Bottom in court

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@ OP,

You could have used another topic headliner rather than the otiose and annoying topic starter you have up here.

@ Topic,

It is their money, and they are at liberty to spend it how they want. The issue should not be addressed to Nigerians, but rather the organizers who were deficient in making proper arrangements before bringing her down.

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tsk tsk tsk, make I never start to pick issues with anybody's opinion.

I also wanna know: Will they get refunds? That's where kasala kan burst o

N50,000 and no show! Part of the money must be refunded.

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You have no right calling anyone silly, it their money and they can do whateva they like with it.

Will I pay that much more for a ticket? Well yea only someone else was paying. Funny enough that was the same price they charged last xmas when i was in Naija and yes my guy was paying for the ticket without any problem, hmmmmm forgot what artists where coming then

50 thousands Naira might sound like a lot of money but just a chicken change, anyone can get that type of money in just a day in Naija.

To people converting Naira to foreign money, 50 K might sound a lot which it isn’t

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dats sick

but why is it onli dat kinda settin she can perform in ?, psh* rubbish

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What people do with their money is their business not yours. . .

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Paying 50k to watch a woman sing on stage is outrageous for a country that boasts of over 70M of it's citizen making less than $5 per day.

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may be but i doubt if any of them will do that, after all they'll call 50K a chicken feed.

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Because the citizens are not paying enough taxes according to how much they earn. So, the rich can afford to be irresponsible with his wealth.

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The only artist i can pay ANY AMOUNT ON EARTH 2 watch is EMIN3M .other r WACK!! :p

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But why? I don't understand Nigeria o

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Which refund? Even if EFCC gets involved, you are not getting nada.

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I don't know what is wrong with my people. I bet you, Kilimanjaro will still organize another show and sell tickets.

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First of all the organisers were silly for not clarifying all the terms in the agreement before signing on.

Secondly, Nigerians have an unhealthy craze for foreign artistes - its the 'in thing' to pay through the nose to watch these performances, even if they are washed up.

You get what you pay for - unfortunately Kilimanjaro's reputation would have been soiled by this nonsense.

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Her Reason: Baker insisted that she would only perform in a hall that had a theatre setting. Since the Expo Hall, Lagos had a banquet setting the singer allegedly refused to perform.

My reason: She thinks we are bunch of monkeys that could be treated anyhow but our money is tasty, she can grab it and bail without any questions asked. You remember 3 years ago when the Donald Duke used state's money to invite R Kelly and his publicists told the Cross river govt that they should be paid $50K and expenses AND if he happens to go to jail because of his pending case that time, the money will not be refunded and those morons almost agreed to such a deal. Why are we so gullible for these people?

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Will they refund them their money? Who pays that much to watch them in America? Why do we appropriate our money into something that is not resourceful? I heard Nigerians paid N100K to watch Beyonce perform, what nonsense? Will her American people pay $1000 per ticket to watch her perform? Didn't Anita Baker know about the whole before she collected her pay? Nigerians are treated the way they want to be treated because if it were in America, the organizers will vomit all the money they collected for the tickets. If you ask them to pay that much to watch superb musicians like Femi Kuti or lagbaja, they'll start squealing like pigs but they'll pay that to watch an outdated musician like Anita Baker.

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Nawa o.

How embarrassing!

lady got some ugly toes sha

But why did she refuse to perform?

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