Africa’s Covid-19 Palliatives: Davido, Burna Boy, Idris Elba, Others Set For Online Concert


By Oyinlola Awonuga (The New Diplomat’s Entertainment Fashion and Sports Desk)

Davido and Burna Boy, two renowned Nigerian singers, alongside Sauti Sol, Kenyan afro-pop band, have been included on the lineup for the ‘Africa Day Benefit Concert’ to be hosted by Idris Elba, an English actor.

As countries around the world continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, earnings from showbiz have plummeted, prompting artistes to explore alternatives to in-person concerts and shows.

Elba had announced the online concert and enlisted a league of acclaimed artistes in a bid to raise funds towards providing COVID-19 assistance to needy children and families in Africa.

The two-hour special will be streamed on the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel on May 25 at 18:00 CAT and broadcast on the network’s TV channels in Africa at 21:00 CAT.

It will also feature messages from renowned personalities like Trevor Noah, Zozibini Tunzi, Omari Hardwick, Ludacris, Sean Paul, Anthony Hamilton, Nomzamo Mbatha, Fat Joe, and Winston Duke.

Among the African singers who are also on the concert’s lineup are Bebe Cool, Busiswa, Adekunle Gold, C4 Pedro, Reekado Banks, M.anifest, Niniola, Salif Keita, DJ Maphorisa & KABZA De Small.

Others are Toofan, Angelique Kidjo, AKA, Diamond Platnumz, Fally Ipupa, Nasty C, Sho Madjozi, StoneBwoy, Teni, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade.

On the goal of the concert, Lola Castro, the World Food Programme (WFP) director for Southern Africa, said: “We are concerned about the prospect of COVID-19 causing a hunger catastrophe.”

It was said that the United Nation’s WFP initiative would work with UNICEF while “all funds raised from the concert will be donated to their work to support COVID-affected communities in Africa.”

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Oyinlola Awonuga
Oyinlola Awonuga is a trained journalist with skill-set and experience in content curation, content creation, and management across various digital channels . Awonuga is passionate about Entertainment, Style, Fashion and Sports as niche specialties, and she is involved in consistent engagements on various social media platforms, with steady followers online. Her works have also received appreciable recognition from Media Career Development Network, and at her spare time, she monitors developments and reports on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria. She loves reading, tracking updates on Entertainment, Style and Sports, and staying abreast of global digital developments.


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