NIGERIAN Afrobeat singer, Ahmed Ololade, better known by his stage name Asake, is set to hold a concert at the 02 Arena five months after a stampede ended his last event.
The concert is slated for Sunday, August 29, at the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena in London.
“My London family see you this Summer at The O2 Arena @TheO2 Sun 20th August 2023. Pre Sale Sign 🆙 Pre-Sale Tickets 10am 10.05.23 General Sale 10am 12.05.23 See you all then ❤️🇬🇧”, he disclosed via his social media platforms.
Asake has had a tremendous run in the Nigerian music industry since his breakthrough success with ‘Mr Money’ in 2020.
He rose to prominence in 2022 after Nigerian artist Olamide signed him to his YBNL Records imprints. Ololade, his debut extended play, featured his breakthrough single, Omo Ope with Olamide.
Later that year, in September, he released his debut album, ‘Mr Money with the Vibes”, which was supported by hit singles including Terminator, Peace Be Unto You, and the Sungba remix with Burna Boy.
The album was enthusiastically appreciated by his admirers in Nigeria and around the world, breaking multiple records.
Following the success of the album, he embarked on a world tour, selling out three dates at the London’s 02 Brixton Academy.
On the final day of his Brixton Academy show, a stampede broke out, killing two people and causing the show to be halted.
The stampede was as a result of people who showed up at the concert without tickets and was blamed on the security team for allowing people in without tickets before the show began.
The singer mourned a fan, Rebecca Ikumeleo, who died after the stampede in a statement he posted on his various social media pages.
“I am devastated by the news that Rebecca Ikumelo, who was in critical condition since Thursday, has sadly passed away.
“My sincerest condolences to her loved ones at this time. Let us please keep her family in our prayers. I have spoken to them, and will continue to do so.
“I am overwhelmed with grief and could never have imagined anything like this happening.” He wrote.
Similarly, Divine Ikubor, better known as Rema, a Nigerian singer, is scheduled to perform at the 02 Arena in November.
Nigerian artists are becoming renowned globally and Asake and Rema are ready to push their stardom to new heights by performing at the 02 Arena alongside other A-list Nigerian artists including Davido, Wizkid, and Burna Boy.