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Afrobeats Festival Makes Its Homecoming as Afro Nation Nigeria Gears Up

Afrobeats Festival Makes Its Homecoming as Afro Nation Nigeria Gears Up

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Afro Nation Nigeria will take place in Lagos, the heart of Nigeria’s vibrant music industry.

By Helena Olori

Afro Nation, the world’s largest Afrobeats festival, has announced its plans to hold an edition in Lagos, Nigeria this year.

“Afro Nation is coming home. Naija No dey carry last. Afro Nation Nigeria is anticipated to be the biggest Afro Nation globally…” the festival organisers stated on their official sign up page.

The news has since generated a buzz of anticipation among Afrobeats fans worldwide, as well as many international artistes who have contributed immensely to the genre’s global influence.

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Sharing his excitement about the upcoming festival, Co-Founder of Afro Nation and CEO of SMADE, Adesegun Adeosun Jnr, said, “Nigeria is the home to so many international superstars who have made Afrobeats a globally loved genre. As someone who grew up in Lagos, and then spent years promoting African music in London and beyond, this will truly be a full circle moment, bringing the Afro Nation show back home to Lagos. We can’t wait for the biggest celebration of African music the world has ever seen!”

Afro Nation, founded by Adesegun Adeosun Jnr, also known as Smade, and Obi Asika, made its debut in Portugal four years ago, and has since expanded its reach to several vibrant cities across Africa and America including Ghana, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. It recently concluded its first outing in Miami, United States, this past May, and currently warming up for another anticipated edition on the beaches of Portimao, The Algarve in Portugal from 28th-30th June, before returning to America for a two-day show in Detroit from August 19th to 20th.

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Afro Nation Nigeria will be held on December 19th and 20th, 2023, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. The event, like other editions, is expected to present a rich lineup of the best artistes in Afrobeats, Amapiano, Hip Hop, RnB, Dancehall, and iconic live performances in a vibrant atmosphere.

Music lovers and showgoers can sign up for priority access to tickets here.

(This piece was updated on September 6th, 2023, to reflect Afro Nation Nigeria’s date and venue announcement)

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