On Thursday, December 5th 2019, American rapper, Cardi B announced her first ever trip to Africa with a video of her twerking on a plane to a never before heard remix of Davido’s “Fall” song featuring her.
The Grammy award-winning star was set to make her first stop in Lagos, Nigeria as part of her two city tour performance which included Ghana.
Even though the publicity surrounding her arrival was pretty on the down-low, her arrival caused a rise in the interest of the show.
Cardi’s arrival in Lagos, Nigeria was a smooth process. She partied hard with strippers, met with some celebrities and visited and donated to an orphanage. In fact, Cardi’s insta stories were so lit that a lot of social media users had to get in on the action.
Cardi was scheduled to arrive in Accra on the 8th of December for her second performance in Africa. Her escapades in Nigeria made Ghanaians super anxious to also feel the “Bardi experience”.
She finally landed in the country at around 1:00pm on Sunday and was met at the airport and driven to her hotel suite at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel.
Organizers of her trip had informed Ghanaian celebrities of a possible “meet and greet” when she arrives. Celebrities including Afia Schwarzenegger, Moesha Boduong, Efia Odo, Becca, Akuapem Poloo, Hajia 4 Real, Salma Mumin and many others halted their business for the day and rushed to the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel to have lunch and mingle with Cardi B before her performance later in the night.
These celebrities will however become the laughingstock of Ghanaians when she apparently failed to appear for the “meet and greet” session. She was reported to have rather opted to chill by the pool and enjoy some tasty khebab.
It turns out, Cardi B was not even aware of anything of the sort because organizers failed to inform her.
Several of the celebrities who made an appearance to come meet Cardi were hurt and took to social media to express their disappointment.
Cardi however cleared the air in an instagram live video stating that she was not aware and would meet the celebrities later on, which she did.
Her interaction with the celebrities kicked off with a twerk session from Akuapem Poloo and Cardi herself. She also apologized and made peace with them.
Meanwhile, I got to the Accra Sports stadium, the venue for the show at around 8:30 pm. Upon entering, I realized there was no proper sectioning of the venue according to the ticket prices. Everyone was on the grounds and there was no clear indication of where VIP and VVIP ticket holders were to sit. For a VIP ticket worth 500 cedis, I had to go look for a chair somewhere and bring it down to the area to sit.The show was poorly organized. There were no artistes to perform and the DJs could not keep the crowd charged and ready. We stood there for almost 3 hours of no activity before Cardi B mounted the stage.
The crowd got angry at a point during the long wait and started throwing bottles of water on the stage. This prompted the organizers to act quickly and bring Cardi up on stage.
Cardi B’s performance was electric, as expected. She turned all the way up with the crowd and delivered with no hitches.
Before ending her performance, she threw her Ghana flag inspired wig into the crowd and invited them to the after party at Club Onyx where she was hoping to meet ladies with “banging bodies like Becca” at the club.
One might say Nigerians beat us to the better hosts of the rapper, and I couldn’t agree more. I just wish that event organizers take a cue from this and plan better next time.
In the end, however, she delivered and her time in Ghana will forever be remembered anytime we purchase “chichinga.”