Azeez Adeshina Fashola, known professionally as Naira Marley, was booked to perform at Chariot Hotel, Buea, Cameroon, on Valentine’s Day but the show was cancelled due to opposition by Cameroonian artistes, despite postponing the concert twice.
In a statement by the organiser of the show, Prince Mykel Enobi, stated: “Until last night, the Naira Marley Valentine experience was scheduled for Sunday, 14th February at the Chariot Hotel, Buea, but the venue was moved to the Limbe Amusement Park, Mile 4.
“This eleventh-hour change is as a result of popular demand from Marlians, space constraints and the increasing demand for tickets from fervent Naira Marley fans and 237 music lovers across the national triangle, who have expressed their desire to see their superstars in a bigger space!
“Like the expression goes, the bigger the better! Network Lounge & Cliq Empire apologises for any inconveniences this might have caused to those who had already purchased the tickets. We will like to restate and reaffirm our desire to give you an indelible Valentine Experience with Naira Marley and other 237 music prodigies – Fhish, Askia, Mic Monsta, Show Yoh, Taron X and a host of others. The after-party will be communicated within the hours ahead.”
Naira Marley made a video to apologize to his Cameroonian fans, stating that the show had been postponed for obvious reasons.
Marley stated: “I am live and direct in Cameroon but I am going to apologise firstly that the show is not happening today, it has been postponed for obvious reasons.
“I am here, it is lit and I am having fun; the food is nice and I like the view. We are going to do this bigger and better very soon. The promoters tried their best but for obvious reasons, it cannot happen.”
However, a journalist, Joey Akan, via his Twitter account claimed that the show was stopped by Cameroonian artistes who were not happy that a Nigerian singer was the major headliner of a huge concert in their country.
He tweeted: “For months, there has been a growing anti-Nigerian movement, with many disgruntled entertainers calling for a ban on Nigerian music. This movement is led by a struggling comedian named CY International. A promoter named Prince Enobi, organized a special Valentine’s Day concert.
“Naira Marley was booked, to perform in Buea, the capital of the Southwest region. The heart of Anglophone Cameroon. Expensive tickets were sold out, and event was set. But the show did not hold. Cameroon entertainers kicked. They went to Yaounde to ask government to ban it.
“They banded, went to the minister of Arts and Culture to ban the concert. Their excuse; Naira Marley is a bad influence on Cameroonian youth, who smokes Igbeaux, and has a sex tape. The minister cancelled the show in Buea. But the Promoter was adamant. He’s invested heavily.”
Akan in more tweets claimed that Special Forces Soldiers stormed the venue and chased away everybody.
He posted: “Yesterday, a Naira Marley concert scheduled to hold in Cameroon didn’t happen. Special Forces Soldiers flooded the venue, scattered it, and chased everyone away, despite Marley being in the country and ready to hit the stage. Why? Hate and beef from Cameroonian artists.
“He moved the show from Buea to Limbe. These entertainers still went to call the special forces arm of the military. They showed up and scattered the stage and venue. Promoter still moved the show to Douala, the entertainers still showed up there and scattered the venue.
“Naira Marley didn’t perform, but he’s been paid. He lands in Nigeria today. What this means is that the Cameroonians have declared war on the Nigerian music industry and have acted on it due to hate and inferiority complex. They blame us for everything.
“In the past 5 years, Anglophone Cameroon has not seen a major concert due to the crisis. And the first show they were meant to have, they called the same oppressive military to help chase their fellow Africans away and frustrate their local businesses looking to benefit.”
It’s being long that Cameroonians have been calling for the ban on Nigerian music.
Last year, the Cameroonian comedian and actor, Pancho C.Y International, called for a ban on Nigerian music in Cameroon, and in his previous video, he claimed that continuous traction for Nigerian music was robbing Cameroonian artistes of genuine traction in their own country. .
Also, another Cameroonian artist, Tzy Panchak, had boasted that he was bigger than Naira Marley and all Nigerian artistes in a viral video.
Meanwhile, Naira Marley has told his fans to calm down, and the Cameroonians should not be painted as bad people because they are very good and caring.
He stated: “Blogs please calm down, don’t paint Cameroon bad. They are actually very good and caring people. They actually love Nigerians, it’s just a few of them hating but no love lost, we’re still family. 1 love.”