A Naira Marley concert scheduled to hold on Valentine’s Day was canceled due to opposition by Cameroonian artists. The indigenous musicians invited their country’s special forces soldiers to cancel the event.
Before the cancellation of the show, the venue for the concert was already changed twice.
A press statement by the organizer of the show, Prince Mykel Enobi, read in part, “Until last night, The Naira Marley Valentine experience was scheduled for Sunday 14th February at the Chariot Hotel, Buea, but the venue was moved to the Limbe Amusement Park, Mile 4.
“This eleventh-hour change is as a result of popular demand from Marlians, space constraints, and the increasing demand for tickets from fervent Naira Marley fans and 237 music lovers across the national triangle, who have expressed their desire to see their superstars in a bigger space!
However, a journalist, Joey Akan, via his Twitter account @JoeyAkan explained why the venue of the concert was changed and what really happened on the day of the event.
Akan alleged local Cameroonian artists were not happy that a Nigerian singer was the major headliner of a huge concert in their country.
Yesterday, a Naira Marley concert scheduled to hold in Cameroon, didn't happen. Special Forces Soldiers flooded the venue, scattered it, and chased everyone away, despite Marley being in the country, and ready to hit the stage. Why?
Hate and beef from Cameroonian artists.
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) February 15, 2021
He further alleged that Cameroon Special Forces stormed the venue and chased everyone away.
Akan wrote, “Yesterday, a Naira Marley concert scheduled to hold in Cameroon did not happen. Special Forces flooded the venue, scattered it, and chased everyone away, in spite of Marley being in the country and ready to hit the stage.
“Why? Hate and beef from Cameroonian artists. He moved the show from Buea to Limbe. These entertainers still went to call the special forces arm of the military. They showed up and scattered the stage and venue. Promoter still moved the show to Douala, the entertainers still showed up there and scattered the venue.”
Reacting to the day’s events, Naira Marley urged bloggers not to paint Cameroonians bad, saying they love Nigerians.
He tweeted, “Blogs, please calm down, don’t paint Cameroon bad. They are actually very good and caring people. They actually love Nigerians, it’s a few of them hating but no love lost, we’re still family. One love.
Blogs please calm down, don’t paint Cameroon bad. They are actually very good and caring people. They actually love Nigerians, it’s just a few of them hating but no love lost, we’re still family. 1 love. ❤️🇨🇲🇳🇬
— nairamarley (@officialnairam1) February 15, 2021