It’s one thing to see a Nigerian musician in a photo with an American one at some fancy “eat the rich” people event. But when you start seeing international celebrities drinking Limca behind high tables in Nigeria, you know it’s time to ask serious questions. That’s precisely what I did.
Beyoncé and Jay Z on a high table in Ilorin
I know what you’re thinking: Is this image photoshopped? The answer is no, and there’s more.
This image of Jay Z and Beyoncé sitting on a high table with Fanta and Coca-Cola has become a popular meme. But if you were ever wondering how it happened. The gist is that the couple were invited to Ilorin by Bukola Saraki, the governor of Kwara State at the time, to look at efforts made by the government to provide clean water for its people. I shit you not. Fun fact: Jay Z got turbaned the Serikin Waka of Ilorin and had a street named after him.
BTS and Tony Elumelu
Nothing prepared the internet for this image of K-pop icons BTS and UBA Board Chairman Tony Elumelu. I get it, K-pop is huge, but I didn’t think Mr Elumelu was a fan of Dynamite or Boy With Luv. Even though the picture was taken at the 2018 United Nations General Assembly, where they were all guests, Mr Elumelu has come out to say he’s part of the Nigerian BTS ARMY.
Osita Iheme and Eddie Murphy
Two comedy legends, one picture. Although it would’ve been fun to learn that Eddie Murphy and Osita Iheme are shooting a secret film or TV show together, this just happens to be a fan picture Osita took when he ran into Eddie Murphy. But with Nollywood and Hollywood collaborating more often, we might still see these two in a comedy as co-workers who can’t stand each other.
Davido and Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy)
As a Davido fan who’s also seen approximately 13 and a half seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, my whole life turned upside down when I saw Ellen Pompeo with my Nigerian Shakespeare. Even though I would’ve loved seeing Davido guest star on Grey’s as a neurosurgeon from Nigeria, these two are just basketball fans. That’s all.
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Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Akon
You just had to be there in 2013 when this picture of Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Akon dropped on the interwebs. Everyone had something to say about the image, from dating to new music rumours (have you forgotten “Naija lo wa. Kilonsele?“). But alas, it was all promo for their cameo on the US TV show, Hit the Floor. Would’ve loved to get some music, though.
CKay, Luka Sabbat (Grown-ish) and Manu Rios (Elite)
We all know CKay is one of Nigeria’s biggest musical acts of the moment, but does that mean we’ll be seeing him on the grounds of Grownish‘s Cal U with Luka Sabbat or in the classes of Elite‘s Las Encinas with Manu Rios? Sorry to disappoint you, but these three were just guests at a Ralph Lauren fragrance launch in London. Don’t give up, though. He might still cameo on one of our fave shows.
Peter Obi and Akon
Is Akon obidient? While I don’t have the answer to this question (and he doesn’t have a PVC), this random link-up with Nigerian presidential candidate, Peter Obi, happened at an event celebrating the launch of the Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation in London.
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