Nigerian Music maestro, Burna Boy, did a very human thing last night: He honoured the dead.
The singer who was performing at the famed New York Apollo theatre asked the revelers to observe a minute of silence for fallen rapper Nipsey Hussle.
What was more remarkable was that he asked the audience to do the same for Kolade Johnson, a husband and father, whose life was cut short by the reckless actions of the Nigerian Police Force.
Many Nigerian artistes have been accused of paying way too much lip service to foreign celebrities and failing to honour their own people, but Burna Boy was not about to do that.
The incident was confirmed by a twitter user, @ivieani who tweeted: “Burna Boy just called for a moment of silence at the Apollo in honor of Nipsey Hussle and Kolade Johnson who was killed by SARS in Nigeria.”
Burna Boy just called for a moment of silence at the Apollo in honor of Nipsey Hussle and Kolade Johnson who was killed by SARS in Nigeria.
— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) April 6, 2019
Burna Boy basically confirmed this by quoting the tweet with one of his own and stating: “Sad times. It’s been a sad week. May God be with the families of Kolade Johnson & Nipsey Hussle!”
Burna Boy @ The Apollo pic.twitter.com/3Xc0A4JQH1
— Trenton Hassles Carmelo (@TrentonHassles) April 6, 2019
As for the concert itself, fans have been over on Twitter raving about it and praising Burna Boy for his electric stage presence.
Performing at the Apollo is a big deal, which is why the ‘Ye’ singer’s great performance is something to be proud of.
Highlighting the importance of getting the Apollo, the organizers of the show, Duke Concept, revealed that it took them two years to secure the venue and over 80 percent of the tickets already sold.
In a report by the Nation, Duke said: “This is a very big deal for us and we’re very hopeful we’ll sell each of the 1500 seats available before the show,”
It’s fair to say those tickets were indeed sold and that the show was a certified success.