June 29, 2007 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment

As the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade – Nigeria will truly have cause for celebration as top acts join local artists for the second annual THISDAY Festival.  The two-day concert series taking place in Lagos, Nigeria at the new THISDAY Events Center, will be held July 14 and 15.  Confirmed performers include Shakira, John Legend and UB-40 (7/14), Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, and Ne-Yo (7/15), as well as Nigerian acts D’Banj, Sasha and Mode – 9.

The inaugural THISDAY festival last year featured sets by iconic artists such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Ciara, En Vogue and Busta Rhymes.

Ola Joshua, Head of Entertainment at THISDAY Newspapers said “Again this is set to be the one of the most explosive line up of artists on the same stage in Africa and the world and we are very honored at THISDAY and in Nigeria to be hosting all of these talented artists.”

“I’ve heard nothing but good things, and can’t wait to get over there and give back some of the love that I’ve been given from over there,” Ne-Yo stated. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to even get the opportunity to visit, let alone perform.”  Ne-Yo is currently headlining a tour throughout the US with a final stop July 5th in San Antonio, TX.


THISDAY Festival is an outgrowth of THISDAY, the flagship newspaper of Leaders & Company Ltd., which quickly established itself as Nigeria’s premier newspaper of record after launching in 1995.  The first newspaper in Nigeria to introduce full-color printing, THISDAY has a daily readership of four million people.  With some 700 staff members in 38 offices across Nigeria, it also maintains a bureau in Washington, DC from which it provides news on Africa to a variety of global news organizations and agencies across all platforms, including radio, cable to satellite television, and the World Wide Web.


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