For the past week, Cardi B has been the talk all over West Africa. In the grand countries of Nigeria and Ghana that is. Last weekend, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper made her first trip to the African continent to perform at the 1st annual LiveSpot X Music Festival. Her visit became the talk of the region the moment she boarded the plane to Nigeria and landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport located in the country’s largest city, Lagos on Friday, (Dec. 6).
Cardi did her due diligence and used social media as a tool to document her visit. The first stop was Nigeria. She stopped by one of Nigeria’s top-rated hit music stations, Cool FM and sat down with radio personalities N6 and Taymi B for a rather relaxing conversation about her life as an international superstar. It was at Cool FM where hosts Taymi B and N6 gave Cardi’s daughter Kulture, an honorary Nigerian name of Yoruba tribal descent, Ayomide which, according to Taymi B, means “my joy has come.”
Before her arrival, she adopted her own Nigerian name, another Yoruba name, Chioma B. She found inspiration of the name from Chioma Avril Rowland, the girlfriend of Afrobeats star Davido whom she has already collaborated with on his song “Fall.” It is safe to say, Cardi B has officially become an honorary Nigerian.
Following her interview with Cool FM, Cardi B attended her scheduled meet and greet at Eko Hotel, where she met with several Nigerian celebrities and fans, including Ghanaian Nollywood and Ghallywood actress, Juliet Ibrahim, who happened to be in Nigeria at the time. The actress shared the moment on Instagram mentioning how Cardi B joked about how they looked alike.
“She said we look alike oo. Make una judge the matter…lol,” Ibrahim captioned.
On Friday night, Cardi B got the chance to experience the exclusive and lavish nightlife of Lagos. Cardi was spotted at a popular Lagos strip club making it rain on the lively strippers with Naira notes (Nigerian currency). The once exotic dancer described the experience as being “lit” and mentioned how the Nigerian strippers were “smelling good” in an Instagram story that evening. Davido managed to gift her with bottles of champagne to welcome her to Nigeria from aboard, as he was not in Nigeria during Cardi’s visit but Cardi received the love.
“My brother @davidoofficial thanks for the champagne even tho I drink beer”
She shared videos of the quirky lap dances she received that night on her Instagram stories and later admitted she even wanted to go back.
After painting the town of Lagos, the following day (Dec.7), Cardi B made way to see a true piece of rural Nigeria. According to Legit NG, she made a stop at the Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki and purchased millions of dollars worth of children based items of need. After the spree, she visited The Lion’s Village, an orphanage in the city of Lekki for motherless babies, and showered the children with worthy gifts. This was the highlight of Cardi B’s trip to Africa, as it reflects her charitable side and profound love for the country. She shared the moment on Instagram with a heartfelt caption.
“Gotta thank the ladies and the gentlemen that nurtured these kids that need just a little bit of more love and protection and gear them up for a better place, destiny and future.People like YALL MATTER !”
Cardi B finally made history that night as she embarked on her first performance in the African continent at the Eko Atlantic. Dressed in a signature green and white ensemble with the hair to match emulating the Nigerian flag, Cardi performed a slew of her hits severing the Nigerian audience with a lingering electrifying appeal. She was joined by Nigerian superstars Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, and Zlatan as the headliner and ultimately made her mark in the beloved country.
In the company of Executive Director of Nigerian hospitality group, Cubana Group, and Naija influencer, Cubana ChiefPriest, Cardi B spent her last night in Nigeria partying with her fellow LiveSpot X headliners and other Naija celebrities.
Later, slated as the “Queen of Rap” by several Nigerian media outlets, including, African Glitz own Noellin, Cardi B made a tremendous mark in the respective country and has achieved a profound level of regard by Nigerian fans.
Cardi made her way to Ghana on Sunday (Dec. 8) for the Ghanaian portion of her headliner gig and was only in the cocoa-rich country for less than 24 hours. While it appears Cardi enjoyed the beauty of Ghana, her experience did not live up to her time in Nigeria.
Hours after her arrival, several Ghanaian celebrities including comedian Afia Schwarzenegger and Mona Montrage started to express their dissatisfaction with Cardi B on social media. According to the concerned Ghanaian celebs, Cardi B was scheduled to attend a meet and greet with Ghanaian celebrities moments after her arrival and ended up being a no-show. Afia “turned up” the most and took to Instagram to blast the Grammy Award winner for making her wait 7 hours to met her.
“I will NOT wait 4 hrs for Jesus….I wont do that for @iamcardib The cheap so called Celebrities are still waiting for their fellow human being till 8:40pm Whiles madam is on some coke n khebab”
After finding out about the backlash, Cardi clarified that she was not even aware of the meet and greet and saw some Ghanaian celebrities as she sat poolside eating a kebab at her hotel but no one approached her.
Cardi humbly apologized to Afia, and the two eventually hugged it out, virtually. The Ghanaian meet and greet eventually happened right before her performance taking place at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra. Ghanaian celebrities in the likes of actress Akuapem Poloo and singer Becca were the few celebrities in attendance.
Moments after the meet and greet it was time for Cardi’s second performance in Africa at the Accra Sports Stadium. According to African Glitz TV, several of the booked Ghanaian acts that were scheduled to perform before Cardi either were heavily late or did not show up. Ghanaian music stars Sarkodie and Shatta Wale were among the no shows. The eager crowd eventually became impatient and some audience members reacted by booing and throwing a league of plastic bottles towards the stage. Out of urgency to calm down the raging crowd, the organizers of LiveSpot decided to bring out Cardi B for an earlier than anticipated performance.
Cardi B immediately switched the arena to a legitimate hip-hop frenzy as she took the stage rocking the colors of Ghana, red, yellow, and green. This performance was nothing more of Cardi B at her purest without even trying, not to be. The mishaps that lead up to her performance did not hold the once angry crowd back from grooving along.
Cardi B’s trip to Africa is one for the books. It even caused some friendly tension between Nigerians and Ghanaians, which is a character result of the essentially seasoned friendly competition between the two countries. Using social media to share her experience, in ties with her infectious personality, Cardi potentially unearthed Nigeria’s steady-to-boom tourist scene, especially as she shocked a few viewers with Lagos’ lavish nightlife. For hip-hop culture, this is a win.
Watch Cardi B’s full LiveSpot X Festival performance in Nigeria captured by Legit TV:
Watch Cardi B’s full LiveSpot X Festival performance in Ghana captured by Entamoty Live: