One of Nigeria’s most successful artists Wizkid will perform at the UB stadium on December 2 alongside Burna Boy, Ringo and Freshly Grounds. Nigerian High Commission official Sunday Aibor confirmed that Wizkid and his fellow country man Burna Boy will be in Gaborone to perform at this festival. Batswana have to select local artists that will perform through the voting system. Gaborone mayor Kagiso Thutlwe welcomed the move to have the much loved Nigerian superstars Burna Boy and Wizkid in Botswana. “We need to shake things up and as such there is need to resurrect the city of Gaborone and make it one of the go to cities in the SADC region just for entertainment,” he said. Considering the fact securing VISAS can sometimes be a problem Thutlwe said they have long engaged with the immigration and the Nigerian High Commission to assist in the attainment of VISAS for the artists. He said as far as it stands now all the international artists have been paid their full charge. “We do not foresee any trouble because we have been doing everything perfectly well,” he said. Aibor said Burna Boy and Wizkid’s VISAs have been secured and they will definitely be in Gaborone.
He applauded the Mayor for his efforts of making Gaborone lively. “That is a welcome development from our side. We are glad to be part of this because in the process this will stimulate urban tourism and even solidify the relationship between the two countries,” he said. Bruce Nkgakile of Diamond City Concerts painted this as a prestigious event that has the potential to empower the citizens and also Gaborone City Council’s vision of bringing life to the city. He said the road that passes in front of UB circle to Avani will be closed on the day of the festival to create checkpoints before someone can get to the performance area. “GSS ground will also be used for parking and there will be shuttles there to take people to the performance venue and the security on the day will be very tight. We do not want to take any chances since we have also written to the police seeking their partnerships in this,” he said. He encouraged revelers buy their tickets early because they will not be selling any at UB stadium on the day.