UK Govt in Partnership Talks with Burna Boy Lagos Show Organisers

By our Reporter

As Burna Boy continues to grow in fame, and
impressed with the success of the Burna Boy ‘Lagos Loves Damini’ Jan. 1 show, the UK government has begun talks with its organisers toward exploring a partnership that would shore up the entertainment sector in Nigeria.

The first steps toward the partnership kicked off in a meeting held at the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos on Friday.

Present at the meeting were Mr. Kaycee Kennedy of Creative Economy Catalyst Ltd, the main promoter of the show, and Chim Chalemera, Country Director, UK Department for International Trade.

Cheerfully, in a remark, Kennedy listed the positives including the fact that the show was the first African Show listed on Burna Boy’s official website + ticketing.

Kennedy pointed out that the show was the biggest outdoor music concert with over 30,000 audience.

The venue also had the biggest car parking in an event – over 11,000 cars – and was also the pioneer single source online ticketing via wallet, Kennedy added.

Again, other major positives included the fact that there were no reported casualties, theft, sexual assault or sexual harassment.

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He however, observed that in spite of the positives, there were some challenges and learning points.

It is his view that the desire to address the main challenges and negatives encountered at the Lagos show necessitated the visit to the British Deputy High Commission to meet with the UK Department for International Trade and discuss possible collaboration for future events.

Media reports have it that the issue of inadequate power supply and the power surge that led to an outage that took off a good number of equipment was discussed extensively.

Discussed additionally, was the need for logistics support in areas such as infrastructure which includes equipment hire and the standardisation of such equipment in a bid to meet minimum international standards.

Also, the meeting looked at vendor sourcing and management.

Further discussed was possible support for waste management after the concerts and other such large events.


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