Jermaine broke out new tracks off his most recent LP, including the record-breaking title track and the fan-top choice “Photograph.” In the video, the setting is stuffed, with the fans rapping along to each word. Cole was certainly feeling the adoration. “Nigeria. Smhhhh. 7days later it don’t make sense can’t wait to hit the road. ?? ? KOD,” he captioned one video of his performance.
He might want to get back in tour shape before he officially hits the road. “Somebody send me the spongebob outta breath meme. KOD Nigeria ??,” he jokingly captioned another performance video.
The show which was hosted by the duo of Nigeria’s D.O.T.U.N and South Africa’s Pearl Thusi opened with performances from several Nigerian deejays and artistes taking turns to thrill the audience.
Themed in a 10 minute ‘versus’ mode, it brought out top performances from the likes of M.I and Ycee, Falz and Tiwa Savage.
For Wizkid, it was a night to forget as coupled with technical issues, his low energy and lack of cohesion made his performance look unplanned and disjointed.
Davido was however impressive with his set, from the selection of songs, bringing members of his crew on stage and his grand entrance, will leave a lasting memory in the mind of the fans.
At exactly 2.05am, Saturday morning, the man of the hour took to the stage in a Nigerian jersey and delivered a standout act.
Performing from his large catalog of songs from past albums like ‘Cole World’, ‘4YourEyezOnly’ and even tracks off the new album ‘KOD’, like the title track, ‘Photograph‘ and ‘Motiv8‘, J Cole did not disappoint as his energy and crowd engagement was a delight to watch.
The performance will go down as one of the most memorable showings by an international artist on Nigerian soil, and it once again confirmed how much Nigerian youths embrace and have been influenced by sounds from the other side.
The night also witnessed top artists like Simi, Banky W, who were there as fans of J Cole.
In related news, Cole recently announced an upcoming festival scheduled to go down in his home state of North Carolina. Named the Dreamville Festival, the occasion will fly off on September 15 in Raleigh, N.C. This has been a while in the making.
“We’ve been trying to put this festival together for a few years now,” said Dreamville president Ibrahaim “Ib” Hamad. “It’s just hard to come into a city and get the whole city to approve it and (get) behind you. So it was great that we took our time … and really connected with the city (and) connected with the mayor.” with the city (and) associated with the chairman.”
Check out footage from J. Cole’s show in Africa below.