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American rap star, 50 Cent to play in Nigeria

Posted by By Ernest Omoarelojie on 2004/10/27 | Views: 3431 |

American rap star, 50 Cent to play in Nigeria


Nigeria Breweries, brewer of one of the country's premier lager, Star, has concluded plans to bring 50 Cent, one of America's most prolific rap musicians, to the country.

Nigeria Breweries, brewer of one of the country's premier lager, Star, has concluded plans to bring 50 Cent, one of America's most prolific rap musicians, to the country.

Born Curtis Jackson, he will be the main act in this year's Star Mega Jam promotion, slated to feature in some cities across Nigeria While in Nigeria, 50 Cent, who was shot nine times in year 2000, with a 9mm bullets to the face, is expected to be in Nigeria for a five-day musical tour. He is billed to appear in four shows across the country from 1-5 December.

His first appearance will be at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

Two days later he will be in Lagos, the nation's commercial and social hot spot for a show scheduled to hold at the Tafawa Balewa Square. The next day, the rap train will move on to Port Harcourt, the Garden City for another show.

Benin City will host the artist on his final musical tour of Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen at a press conference Monday, Larry Agose, image adviser of Nigeria Breweries Plc, announced that this year's Star Mega Jam is unique. Its uniqueness, he opined, is borne out of the fact that Nigerian music fans did the selection of the artist by themselves.

"You will recall that earlier this year, we invited Star consumers and indeed all music lovers all over Nigeria to choose the international star for this year's jam. We received thousands of responses through e-mails, sms and by post. When the tallies were done, Nigerian music lovers chose an artist whose music is intensely popular in Nigeria and all over the world," he said.

Agose also noted that unlike previous editions, this year's, the fifth in the series, will be a most pocket-friendly event. According to him, consumers and music lovers will have 2-way option to obtain ticket to the show. The first is to drink their way to the show. This the fans will do by buying their favorite Star lager beer. The other option is a yet to be announced fee at the various venues.

"Consumers and in deed all music lovers have a choice of two ways to attend the show. The first is to do what they have always done - drink and enjoy their favorite Star beer. The only additional job is for them to look under the crown cork from November 1 and collect crown corks that spell 50 Cent. They will get a free ticket for the show. In the alternative, they will be charged a concessionary fee at the gate," he said.

2004 P.M. News (Lagos)

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