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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.
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.