Mo Abudu’s Ebony Life TV to hold Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert in Lagos | D’banj, 2Face Idibia, Tiwa Savage + More Music Stars

Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 8:26 PM


Mo Abudu & D'banj - Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert in Lagos - December 2013 - BellaNaija

Our Nigerian superstars will pay homage to the great Nelson Mandela. can confirm that Mo Abudu‘s network Ebony Life TV in collaboration with top Nigerian stars, will hold a tribute concert tagged – “The Legacy Lives: A Tribute Concert” in Lagos.

The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 18th December 2013 at The Oceanview Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos.

It is being put together to celebrate the extraordinary life and times of the legendary freedom fighter, nation builder, liberator, humanitarian, democrat, philanthropist and Nobel Prize winner for Peace.

The Legacy Lives Tribute Concert - December 2013 - BellaNaija

The headlining acts who have been scheduled to attend include D’banj, 2Face Idibia, Darey Art-Alade, Burna Boy, Ikechukwu “Killz”, eLDee, Tiwa Savage, J Martins, Timi Dakolo, Niyola, Zaina, Mo Eazy, Waje, Omawumi, Mike Aremu, Engager, Chioma, DJ Babus, Julius Agwu and Rocksteady.

Funmi Victor-Okigbo of No Surprises Events will plan the concert.

Speaking about the concert, Mo Abudu says “It’s one of the least of things we can do as Nigerians, Africans and Global Black citizens of the world to honour a unique, caring and very humble global character.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela lives on as a beacon of hope and a true icon of inspiration; a man of extraordinary vision who has left such a great legacy of humanity that Africans and the rest of the world must strive to aspire to. So we are indeed very proud to put this together.

It’s a free concert for the expensive price of liberty paid for by the selfless Madiba. We made a call to the industry and we got really tremendous response. For all our music stars and partners, we cannot thank you all enough for your sacrifice, kindness and generosity, which themselves typify the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’, which is South African for humanity. God bless you all.”

We can’t wait!

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  • 71 Comments on “Mo Abudu’s Ebony Life TV to hold Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert in Lagos | D’banj, 2Face Idibia, Tiwa Savage + More Music Stars”

    • December 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Sounds like a brilliant idea.

    • Madman December 10, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Shouldn’t we be concerned about producing the next generation of leaders instead of concert, concert, concert for every little thing.

      • OlaOluwapo December 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        Hmmmmmmm! The ones ranting on Linda Ikeji’s blog? Ode nie mehn!

      • Bamzi December 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        I love you for this

      • Bamzi December 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        I love you for this!

      • Tetley December 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        @ Madam…thank you for saying the truth…we just keep deceiving ourselves with all these music concerts….

    • Chigbo December 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Why are we paying homage to him??? Is that our highest priority now as a country. Our president attended his funeral on our behalf , what else do you want?

      If na concert you wan organize you for talk am hoha. Instead donate the money to Phillipines disaster relief or help flood victims in our own backyard here in Naija.

    • Chei December 10, 2013 at 9:06 PM


      • hayzey December 10, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        It’s a free concert.

      • kilipot December 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        Is it that you are blind or just can’t read????

      • hawtspot December 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Maybe to her pocket. We need to get certain things right, Mo I hope you truly understand Mandela’s values and I believe the greatest tribute you can pay to this great legend is standing up to these values.

    • Melissa December 10, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      I don’t know why nigerians just do things the way they do, even when people die its a trend. When Chinua Achebe died why didn’t the industry hold a free concert in his honour or that of our past heroic leaders. God save us from all this mediocrity

      • hayzey December 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Hoe, what did YOU do when Chinua Achebe died? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Now sit, hoe.

        • Shandi December 11, 2013 at 2:35 AM

          You don’t have to call her a hoe for giving an opinion, that’s so uncalled for. Anyways, you need to be one to know one. A lot of people are so disrespectful for meaningless issues these days.

        • bNigerian December 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

          BN, please censor comments like this in the future. It’s quite distasteful. Thank you.

      • Star December 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        My thoughts exactly

      • Madman December 10, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        well said. well said. Very pathetic.

      • me December 10, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        This! He was a great man and belongs in the history books quite rightly but surely his legacy would be to try to bring about justice and peace in our country too. All this feferity is for nothing. Are we donating the money to HIV patients or any of the other causes close to his heart? Na so so party all the time. Misplaced priorities

      • trufactoid December 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Mo Abudu smh

      • Omo1 December 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        @hayzey..what did you achieve by referring to someone who simply made a comment a hoe? your idiotic and out of point response in that manner displays the highest stupidity of all. Some people will never seem to amaze.

        will never stop to amaze!

    • Miss_Flygerian December 10, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      I don’t get the point of this, I just don’t get it.

    • Pat December 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Misplaced Prorities

    • Brandt Hardin December 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Mandela’s life was the embodiment of the human spirit. His energy will uplift every corner of the globe which battles for equal rights for its citizens. Hopefully we may do his legacy justice by starting at home and empowering our citizens once again. I was compelled to pay homage to Nelson Mandela with my art by creating a portrait of the world leader In Memoriam at Drop by and let us know how his strength has inspired you!

    • bisy December 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      we have time for rubbish in nigeria.jobless pple

    • girly December 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      all of you above(except from african sweetheart) are very ignorant. Yes chinua Achebe was a great man, but you can’t compare the two. What mandella did wasn’t only for south Africa but for all blacks, you need to experience racism to understand. Can any of you sacrifice 27 years for another person? and @chei didn’t you read that it is a free concert? Nigerians are always too bitter.

      • Idak December 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        So on your mind, Mandela died for all this bump and grind?
        27 years in jail,only to be celebrated with chants of booklets and ukwu!

        • Idak December 11, 2013 at 8:46 AM

          Kokolets and ukwu

        • Ewi December 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

          @idak…Thank you o!,pls help me ask her.

      • Tetley December 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        @ girly…the legacies of Madiba is very impactful to humanity…Can you help answer this simple question ,” how will this concert be helpful to an average Nigerian on the streets ?”..

    • Laila December 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Nigerians need to focus on Nigeria. A concert, for what?????

    • FJD December 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM


    • Muse December 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Mandela was a great man I so admired but this is unnecessary. It screams dying hard to belong and be noticed. Is this all we know party party, concert concert and if we must, there are lots of other tangible causes within to hold concerts for the living. This is bad abeg, even the announcement sounds ridiculous. we are too fake.

    • Sad December 11, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      what rubbish. how does a concert honor this great man. And even if you were to hold an event, why not invite social, economic or evironmental activists? This is sooo sad. why not develop a documentary on the man and how his leadership affected Nigeria and other African countries.

    • Sad December 11, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      will the music played at the concert honor this man, or will it be winding and grinding. I don’t know. This reminds me how some southern states celebrate Martin Luther King day – they serve fried chick and collard greens. MLK memory in *some* southern states is reduced to food. And now the memory of this great man is reduced to winding and grindging. Will there be the songs of freedom? Do you remember Fire in Soweto? sigh***

    • Cancel Reply December 11, 2013 at 2:52 AM


    • SOLO ACT December 11, 2013 at 3:09 AM

      nigeria is a disgrace!

    • Grace December 11, 2013 at 5:01 AM

      Fantastic idea, but how can she say “ubuntu’ is humanity in ‘South African’?
      SOUTH AFRICAN is not a language… That’s just like saying biko is Nigerian for please.
      This is absolute ignorance, please correct that.

    • En0 December 11, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      Ebony Life Tv is building a strong African brand and this concerts will help…We need to celebrate ‘our own’ as well. A agree on for Chinua Achebe too…

    • Nonnie December 11, 2013 at 6:23 AM

      nigerians, goosh

    • Gezani December 11, 2013 at 6:50 AM

      I am so disappointed by some of your responses. Mandela opened doors for most of African brothers in our country and you contribute so much to crime and making the place ungovernable by making most cities look like dumps but we still accommodate you.

      • Idak December 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        Your xenophobic stupidity is legendary. South Africa has one of the most porous borfees in this continent. Instead of laying your ignorant frustration on your corrupt home affairs officials and ‘visa for sale’ embassy officials,you have the guts to come here and spew crap.
        How dare you claim other Africans are the ones making south Africa ungovernable? You government is as inept as most of the others across the continent. If you accommodate an influx of illegal migrants whose nothing but service your booming drug and prostitution market then you ha’ve no one else to blame.
        I am sure you are oblivious to the many Nigerians who are contributing massively to your health sector from the rural parts of GAusten tithe corners of the eastern cape.
        Xenophobia is ruining your country,better focus on your shower head of a president and lay off migrants.

        • nwanyi na aga aga December 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

          Choi! Idak! Supu! hehehehehehehe

        • Idak December 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

          @nwanyi na aga aga, nwa na akpasu m iwe. The fact that enlightened persons let them spew xenophobic jingoistic tirades all over the place does not mean that they are right.They need to be told off,every now and then. They even coined a derogatory term for foreigners – makwerekwere and think there is something funny about it.

        • Idak December 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

          borfees = borders

        • yostic December 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

          Na wa oh…see grammarsss

        • Mz Socially Awkward... December 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

          I much prefer “borfees”, thought you were using local slang there to break things down better to l’il Miss Gezani :-) Thanks for helping us in providing the clarity which she so evidently needs to see past her ignorance…

        • nene December 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

          don’t mind them. SA is where it is today whites built that country, and they refused to leave their businesses in SA to the natives. if not they would have been worse than nigeria.

      • Yaw December 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Lol. Look at this myopic idiot! South Africans that behave like lunatics! I still find it hard to believe the great one Mandela was born and breed there. I visited SA earlier this year and their citizens are just daft. Don’t come here and say nonsense about 9ja cuz if not for Nigerians in your country, you guys wouldn’t have known anything. You need to visit SA to know how stupid these pple re. Was it not your president that raped a HIV positive girl? The ode said he washed his D**k after the incident so there is no way he can be infected. *ignore any typo*

    • Robin Hood December 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Trust Nigerians to jack someone else’s fame, goodwill, et all for money.

    • tish December 11, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Yeah, yeah, yeah!!! After all’s been said I done, Madiba WAS a great man, he WAS inspiring, he WAS awesome in all sorts of ways but I think this concert is HIGHLY UNNECESSARY!! Now shoot me for my opinion.

    • J Baby December 11, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Boom! I was so waiting 4 this silly act from Naija. Who send them message na??? Leave South Africa to worry about that…. See them, notice me, rather than do things that will impact Nigerian youths and inspire them to take on the Mandela spirit, they are doing concert. mstchwwwwwww!!! Is it not the same Tiwa that will come and shake her bom bom and show her bobby and for tickets they will say Regular-50k, VIP-200k and VVIP-1m? abegi!

      • nene December 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM


    • Jummai December 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Concert, not neccessary.

    • Da_99th December 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Nigerians!!! damned if the concert wasnt free damned if it is,some you bashing this concert here will go and wine and shake your bum bums there o.

    • Omo1 December 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Typically Naija! (eyes rolling)

    • Bella December 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Mandela is /was GREAT man for all Africans. How many Nigerians are living in south Africa at the moment, would that have been possible if the apartheid era was still running, abeg, leave Mo abudu to do as her heart wishes, none of you will ever ever take 27 years for your own mothers less alone for fellow Africans. Mscheewwwwww

    • davii December 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Mo abudu i respect you a lot,but am so damn disappointed in this idea of us.MADIBA was a great icon we all know dat,this concert is uncalled for please.shouldn’t it have bin better organizing a forum for our youth,both young and old Nigerians on how his leadership affected Nigeria and other African countries,and so as to emulate his positive and wonderful characters…there are lots of Nigerians that need to b motivated ,inspired and tutored so as to pave away the bad ideas our so called politicians that doesn’t think about how the masses fare,are setting as a platform for our youth that will be our leaders tomorrow to stand.YOU ARE THERE DOING CONCERT.WAT A PITY.

    • Dave December 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM


    • SOOSAD December 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM


    • Modella December 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Naija and criticism shor!!!!

    • Autoprincess December 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Naija we hail thee, is all I can say!

    • Monique December 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Sometimes I get so pissed at Nigerians and how shallow minded we are. Mandela was and is not just an African hero but a global hero. How many great men have died in the past and pulled a crowd of over 90 presidents in attendance at their memorial service. How many? If he wasn’t an icon worth celebrating, would anyone attend?

      There’s nothing wrong in holding a concert in his name. It’s December for Pete’s sake! A month of celebrations. All the youth empowerment seminars et al that has held this year. How many of the youths has made something out of it? Stop being hypocritical and judgmental.! It’s we all complaining here that would still go pay huge amount for rhythm unplug and other shows.

      Dem no beg una, didn’t even ask you to pay for it. Una dey hear dey bad mouth. SMH for you’all making negative comments

      • KSU December 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Well Said. Let those block heads run their mouths over nothing. Shebi its to type comments, that all they can do. Rather than celebrate another man(or woman’s idea), they are busy talking about how useless it is.

    • Nonnie December 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      i love nigerians but what comes out from their mouth about other countries is very dirty and its funny you wont find us complaining about the corruption you guys are doing ALL over the world the 419 scams and drugs. if you mention to anybody that you are dating or married to a nigerian immediately they associate you with something dirty even if the guy is clean. if you say nigerian in any country its like you have killed somebody that is how terrible it is.

    • Sola December 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      @Omo1 what did you gain form implying that she was an idiot and a stupid person. You criticise people here but inside you all are the same. If she want to hold a concert let her.

    • madman December 11, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Dear BN commenters, my name is MADMAN and not MADAM.

      • Eve82 December 12, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        Lol! I love you boo!

    • Isaidso December 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Chinua Achebe is a BIGGOT, and he hates Nigeria and every non-igbo Nigerian, so therefore someone like him cannot be celebrated!

    • Babes December 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      I really wanna comment but hey I’ll pass. All I know is that we are myopic and do not have our priorities right as a nation. I mean look at the top…It tells you a lot.

    • Bide December 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Some of the people commenting here will still attend the concert..Mtchew

    • OGWO DAVID December 16, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Nawaoo Chineke.. It’s a very shameful thing that we Nigeria are Carrying Mandela Death for Head..we are Happy Bragging about another country Leader Death..are we not concern about our country? If you are not i am very much Concern about the change of my Country Nigeria..Who is Our Mandela..Together We can Build a greater Mandela in Nigeria here..for our next Generation to Brag about with..D’Banj,2face,Tiawa Savage,Burna Boy and others can Never Bring Change to our country because they are All after Money..Good Bless Nigeria..