The famous Nigerian artist Fireboy, also known as Adedamola Adefolahan, recently voiced his opinions on the present condition of the music industry.
According to him, the Nigerian music landscape lacks organization, which poses difficulties for artists to produce coherent and significant albums and for international fans to attend large-scale concerts in the country.
While Fireboy acknowledged the perfection of Nigerian music, he stated that touring within Nigeria itself presents challenges due to the absence of proper infrastructure.
“Everyone is saying ‘Afrobeats to the world.’ The music is perfect. But there is no structure.
The [foreign] fans are listening [to our music] but when are they going to come to Lagos and watch us perform? When are we going to have arenas in Lagos where we can bring people from all around the world? You know, it [structure] will make everything just easier.”
When asked whether he believed Nigerian fans will be able to afford arena performances, he said:
“Yeah, they will. We already are.
We just need to give people the incentive to pay. If you build a proper arena in Lagos, people would want to pay [gatefees] because they know that they are safe.”