An Average Nigerian Can’t Afford Tickets To See Their Favorite Celebrities Perform:
Here are some of the examples of my out cry:
1. AY Show: Join AY Live this Easter Sunday the 31st of March 2013 at Eko Hotel and Suites for another spectacular comedy event titled ‘The Old and New Testaments’.
Gate Fee: Regular Tickets N5,000 ($31.75 or £); VIP Tickets N20,000($127.02); Tables are N500,000($3,175.50) and N1m ($6,351.00)
Can you freaking beat that? Tickets from #5000 to 1million naira?
2. BOVI: Man On Fire MARCH 10TH, 2013 EKO CONVENTION CENTRE
Tickets: N5,000.00 and N25,000.00
Tables: N500k and N1million
3. IYANYA Vs DESIRE Album Launch Concert
Tickets: N5k Regular and N25k VIP
Tables: N500k and N1million
4. Kim Kardashian was reportedly paid a whooping sum of $500,000 -N75m all for saying ‘Hey Naija’ on stage of which attendees paid tickets cost N100,000, or $640.. Now can you beat that? Am not surprised people are asked to pay this much, especially the fact the Kim Kardashian was there!!! Who will pay $100 to watch Kim K present in America? even the fabulous Beyonce’s current show in the UK is just between £61 – £94
Imagine the hype of this event and how an average Nigerian who could’ve gone to experience such remarkable event, couldn’t do that because they can’t afford it!
The shows I’ve just listed are just grain of rice in the middle of the ocean, as there are hundreds of such shows, which I couldn’t be bothered listing.
I think part of the cause of these rip offs is the pressure that is heaped on the host Artist, as he or she would pay millions of naira to co-artists who should’ve been there to support their co-stars and vice versa and not make money the motivational factor. Yes they should get paid but not ripping off interested fans to put money in the pockets of some greedy comedians, actors, actresses and musicians.
The funniest thing is when they host similar shows here in the UK and US, they charge affordable prices for instance:
Below is the same Nigerian Kings Of comedy hosted in the UK but with affordable prices:
Date: Sunday 12th Febuary 2012
Time: 6 PM
Venue: Indigo2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, UK
- Regular tickets- £25- (6,250 naira)| £30-(7,500) | £35 (8,750 naira)(Ticket does not include after party fee)
- Downstairs – £50 | £60 ( Free entry to after party)
- Kingsrow VIP – £75 (18,750 naira) ( Free entry to after party) Source:
Look at the above prices, the standard tickets starts from roughly 6,250 while the VIP is roughly 18,750 naira. So where is the 25,000 and 1 million naira for tables? Ridiculous isn’t it?
Now take a look at 2013 Beyonce’s “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the ticket prices are affordable with the standard standing price starting from roughly £61 to seating for roughly £94 which is about 15,250 naira and VIP 23,500 naira. Tell me did you see £4,000 (1million naira) anywhere on her price list?
See prices below:
23 Feb 2013
23 Feb 2013
£61.50 – 94.50 Source:
Because our country Nigeria is so lawless and full of corruption, rich people oppressing the poor, while some comedians and musicians quickly forget their roots that they were once average Nigerians. Not ever considering where they started from, they rip off their fans that can afford their bills, and for a poor fan perhaps might never get a glimpse of the voice they hear over the radio or watch on TV in real life. I hear you say, she’s beefing and probably can’t afford the bill, my answer to that will be, “you have your mouth and can say whatever you like”. I have to speak out on behalf of vulnerable Nigerians and poor fans who would wish to see their favorite celebrities perform in real life scenarios, but can’t cos of ticket prices.
I don’t mind paying 25,000 to watch these great talents and support their careers. However, if you have 500,000 to 1 million naira to waste for some few hours show, have you thought of children dying of hunger? Have you thought of students that can’t afford school fees? What of a poor street beggar with no shelter? That you are privileged does not mean you should be wasteful. And as for you concert hosts/organizers in Nigeria, stop the rip offs!!! I call it greed. We shall all die one day and this money we all pursue with our lives will be left behind.
Some Nigerians have become so comfortable with inhumanity and cash manhandling, that’s why people don’t push or speak out on important issues like this.
It is only in Nigeria that a poor or average church member contribute money for the building of their church schools and their children cannot attend the school because of high schools fees. Instead people who are not their church members and well to do, send their children to these schools built with a poor man’s sweat *which God do you serve*???
Why should you be a fan of 2face, Psquare, Ay comedian, Basket Mouth, Seyi Law, Bovi and a host of others without ever having the opportunity in your life to attend their shows? Because they are too expensive isn’t it?
The politics of our nation is the way it is today because people don’t put enough pressure to stop the fraudulent acts and money laundering. Thank God for social networking sites and the invention of the internet ……Nigerians this is 2013, not 1820…..use this powerful tool to be heard. I am not going to solicit for this message to be shared and heard, if you catch my drift then circulate it round till it gets to the hands of the right individulas who should look into it and also your favorite musicians, comedians, actors and actresses.
SPEAK OUT TO REACH OUT FELLOW NIGERIANS!!!