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Taking the World by Storm! Wizkid to Perform at the 2016 Essence Festival alongside Jidenna, Ciara, Kendrick Lamar & More



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The Essence Festival 2016 is still a couple months away (June 30 to July 3) but things are already heating up as the performers for the 3 day event have been revealed – and Nigeria’s very own Wizkid will be taking the world music stage.

This is an amazing achievement for the Starboy CEO.


Artists that will also take to the stage include Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell, Ciara, Charlie Wilson, Tyrese Gibson, Faith Evans, Babyface, Kelly Price, Lionbabe, Tweet, Mali Music, New Edition, Estelle, Lalah Hathaway, Andra Day, Jeremih, Judith Hill, Jidenna, BJ the Country Kid, Dej Loaf, Digable Planets, V. Bozeman, Cyril Neville, Daley, Eric Bellinger, Lady Leshurr, Leon Bridges, Little Simz, Tink, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Zakes Batwini, MC Lyte, The Internet, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper Experiment, The Brand New Heavies, St. Beauty and Skye Wanda.

Click through to see a full list of performers, and be sure to check back on BN Events for updates and all the photos from the event.


  1. Donald Trump

    April 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Hermes Madam be like ‘I will bring u down’

    • hezekina pollutina

      April 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

      yes, – his SHAME is her fault. if he has nothing to feel ashamed out he would be rather laughing and not throwing a childish tantrum. does not take away from his natural giftedness or talent but he has his issues and they are jumping out the closet. no ones fault but his.

    • bee

      April 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Why is Linda now throwing tantrums if she wasn’t a hoe?

    • Ej

      April 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

      @donald trump loool I had to laugh at ur humor mehn, but seriously u can’t hate on wicked success too forget baby mama n immaturity the guy has opened doors for this industry congrats to him

    • Ezie

      April 8, 2016 at 11:48 am

      With a name like Donald Trump I’m sure no one is surprised you support those things he said smh.

    • BackByPopularDemand

      April 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Calm down abeg! While i am excited that he got invited to perform, still doesnt excuse his actions towards linda.

      Remember that when folks google wizkid, Linda Ikeji blog is one of the first places they read articles on him. So its really bad for his PR if americans read about his immature gist first. He berra apologize to linda, she is a social media queen and can dent his image if she wants to.

      And btw, BN – he is not performing on the main stage. Sorry but mainstage crowd is a mature black audience, he is performing on “world music” stage, so yall relax ejor. Accomplisment nonethelesd tho

    • bisola

      April 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Will you people stop being sentimental, wherever did you get it that if you Google his name you read about him on LIB? Try it and see if you can see anything about him there except for baby mama and ish like that. Why should he apologize? When Linda posted the news about him defrauding a university and the uni now addressed the issue with an official statement which confirm it is false , did she apologize. From your write up I know you don’t like him , be it front stage or back stage he is going places a boy from the streets of ojuelegba never imagined himself. I Google him and this article about him on BN came up nothing about him on madam ‘I have no beef with him’

  2. GistYinka

    April 8, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Am happy for him, but I don’t want that Drake’s ” One Dance ” stunt collaboration again..

  3. Hmm

    April 8, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Linda’s Traducers are having a field day over a collective shaming of women. Africa hmm

    • bee

      April 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      When Linda was shaming him where were you?

  4. bluebell

    April 8, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Might be an arrogant little twat, but I got to hand it to you, you got talent.

  5. Big Tee

    April 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    His recent collabo made history (first naija on billboard top 100), Linda will not carry the news, if na baby mama drama, she will be forming LIB exclusive, let’s just say she thrives on people’s mystery and sadness, I remember how she wrote epistle about Toke, now she is forming “women supporting women”. Kontinue!

    • smh

      April 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Hi, I am a huge toke fan actually and I read lindas blog once in a while. Whilst i love toke, I just wanted to say that she is not exactly the innocent damsel that linda just happened to prey on like you guys are insinuating. Toke tried to use her slot on radio to discredit linda and linda replied her by using her blog. They both tried to use their platform to bring down another and were childish at the time and whilst I am happy that Toke has grown so much as a brand (thanks a bit to that issue) she is not entirely innocent. So you guys should let these issue rest biko

    • Ruby

      April 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      SMh you seem new to the world of Socia media/blogging. Linda started the Toke Makinwa shade throwing and Toke responded. If you have followed Toke’s career you will realise she doesn’t ever start any issue. She might always be in your face and all but you will never hear her call someone out or try dissing somebody. She simply stood up for herself when Linda tried bullying her!!! We all know the pen is powerful but Linda is all shades of wrong saying with the things she knows she can finish his career! Is she God?

    • Tinko

      April 8, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      @ruby that’s not correct Toke shaded Linda first and Linda used her blog but then went overboard with it, Toke even backed down and said she was misunderstood and all that jazz.

  6. african girl

    April 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Nice! Good for him!!!!

  7. Wale

    April 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Let this be known that I have never left a comment on Linda but when I read the riff between Wizkid and her, I felt Wizkid need to really grow-up. This act of his and fans-cheering-him over his rant will always make women feel less ordinary! May my daughter never come across a man who insults a woman to feel good…….

    • shola

      April 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      You guys be forming gender equality, when a woman takes jab at a man its OK but when a man does the same it shaming women. Linda be posting like this kid need to make use of condoms cos he is a serial daddy. Is that not another way of calling him a hoe. Now wizkid said she sell with his producer you are all like he is shaming her. Don’t go fight with a street boy cos he will bring the street along to fight you.

    • ifeanyi

      April 9, 2016 at 7:59 am

      For Christ Sake…This Guy is 25!

      Compare him to the average 25-Years Old Dude in your area and see how much he has done for Himself…probably they are still waiting for ‘Allawee’

      So…I can excuse His ranting for an age so young! Talk to me after 15 Years…and if he still speaks in such a way…Its a no-no for me!

  8. cindy

    April 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    wow aunty linda ntorrrrrrrr. lol

  9. Strit Kredibility

    April 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    If Joro’s rant made Gbemi better, Linda’s/wizkid spat inadvertently is making wizzy better. Morale of the story, criticism is a potent incentive to make one grow. Be careful who you criticize o… u might be lifting them up. Success is the best clapback

  10. boboj

    April 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Only Bad news sells for Linda…

  11. tunmi

    April 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I hope he gives a great performance.

  12. onetallgirl

    April 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    This wizkid is really going places o! but please Wizkid don’t go there and disgrace us, go there and sing good songs

  13. Frank

    April 8, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong in what wizzy has done, 4 d pple criticizing imagine being accused falsely, and see how painful and provoking it is, wizkid did what A thousand and one! Of us would do, so FUCK the CRITICS!! #TeamStarboy!

  14. MarieScarlett

    April 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve been a huge fan since he started, and I must say I’m impressed with how far he has come, might be arrogant and immature but I love his music still. Wizzy baby loke loke! Continue to rise,

  15. Koras

    April 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I dont get it. Linda fought Wizkid and second day all manner of great doors are opening for him – Drake, Essence – great international opportunities – why now; why not before the fight, why not many months after the fight – could it be God is supporting the young man?

    • hezekina pollutina

      April 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      So you think these doors were not open before Linda spat? You think this is just popping up days afterwards? Do you know how long it takes to lock down/negotiate a performance booking? And even if the song was recorded on the next day of the Linda spat it still needs to be mixed and mastered hehe….I just laugh at how people will make any kind of excuse to defend bad behavior as long as the person in question is “successful.” too bad. i guess some people get the role models and idols they deserve. carry on…

    • dee

      April 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      So you are one of those people that think an entertainer is your role model. Someone you don’t know personally, what excuses Linda’s vengeance to bring him down . please stop it liinda is no innocent

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