On June 29, all roads will lead to the Accra International Conference Centre for the third edition of what has arguably become West Africa’s biggest musical event.
Since its inception some three years, the Ghana Meets Naija showdown has cemented its footprints on the musical shores of two of Africa’s giants – Ghana and Nigeria.
Interestingly, it is a platform where one’s country size and population do not matter!
With a population size of more than 162 million and a reputation as Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria would have crushed Ghana, whose population stands at about 24 million.
On the night, however, it is a country’s musical talents that come to play. Ghana Meets Naija is simply about MUSIC and the show has never failed to deliver on that front.
Nathaniel Kwabena Anokye Adisi popularly known as Bola Ray, CEO of Empire Entertainment in touting the credentials of the concert, said during the launch, that the concert was built on the solid foundation of harnessing the talents of both countries for unity.
“The concept of Ghana Meets Nigeria was built on celebrating, uniting and exploring the different, yet similar musical taste, cultures and artistes of both Nigeria and Ghana and this year I can assure you, I can tell you confidently that we bringing to you the most exciting and outstanding show that you will ever see in terms of shows right here in Ghana,” he said.
And from what Bola Ray has been telling Myjoyonline.com, Empire Entertainment, organizers of the event are taking things a notch higher.
Attempts to let the radio personality drop hints of what to expect this year proved futile but judging from his impeccable track record and the ideas embedded in his ‘big head’ this year’s show will sure be big, if not gargantuan.
June 29 has one thing for sure and that is, the renewal of the fierce musical rivalry between two nations that have etched their names in African music history.
L-R: Edem, Bola Ray, Wizkid, Okyeame Kwame, NY of Dobble and Xo Senavoe
On the night, an impressive list of West Africa and Africa’s biggest names in music have vowed to hoist the flags of their countries high up.
Without weapons, these acts have sworn an affidavit to use only their microphones in a bloodless battle for musical supremacy.
Defending the Ghana flag will be Samini, Edem, R2Bees, Okyeame Kwame, Double & Dr. Slim, Raquel, E.L. and D-Black while the Star BoyWizkid, Timaya, and Burna Boy will do their best to redeem Nigeria’s image on the night.
Wizkid promised patrons at the launch of the show that, “I was actually supposed to do this show last year but we couldn’t make it possible because I was nominated for the BET Awards …this year I’m definitely going to be there giving one of the best performances of my life in Ghana.”
With the first edition of the show going Ghana’s way, the second edition going to Nigeria, many have said the third edition is that decisive show never to be missed by anyone.
It will be a night worth noting down and judging from history, the excitement is already building up as tickets – going for GH¢100 and GH¢200 – are expected to be sold out!