Yemi Alade thrilled fans at the Afcon 2024 Opening ceremony.

Yemi Alade thrilled fans at the Afcon 2024 Opening ceremony.

Yemi Alade had a spectacular opening ceremony.

At the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations opening ceremony on Saturday at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Yemi Alade wowed the crowd.

Initially, the singer used her official X handle on social media to celebrate realizing her dream.

“Since 2016, I have dreamed of playing in front of hundreds of dancers and spectators during football festivities at the stadium.

“Here I am, performing at AFCON, seven years later. It truly is a dream come true and an honor. It’s only the start, the woman remarked.

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Akwaba, which translates to “welcome” in the Baoule language of Ivory Coast, is the theme song for the 2023 AFCON. The Nigerian singer sang among other African artists.

The rendition of the 2023 AFCON anthem also includes famed Ivorian ensemble, Magic System and Egyptian singer, Mohamed Ramadan.

60,000 spectators watched Alade perform on the stadium’s stage in the center of the football field, where she wowed them with exciting notes.

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At the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opening ceremony in Abidjan on Saturday, Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Yemi Alade is scheduled to sing.

I have imagined myself dancing in front of hundreds of dancers and spectators during football festivities at the stadium ever since 2016.

“I’m doing a show at AFCON seven years later.” Undoubtedly, it’s a dream come true and an honour. The beginning is still to come,” she remarked.

In order to play “Akwaba,” which translates to “welcome” in the Baoule language of Cote d’Ivoire, the Nigerian musician will be collaborating with other African artists for the 2023 AFCON theme song.

Alongside the iconic Ivorian ensemble Magic System and Egyptian artist Mohamed Ramadan, the 2023 AFCON anthem will be performed.

At the 60,000-seat Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan, there will be an inaugural ceremony.

The competition will end on February 11 after 24 nations compete in six venues spread over five locations on Saturday. (NAN)

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