Nigerian Afrobeats star Yemi Alade is set to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Saturday in Abidjan.
Alade confirmed this in a post on her official X handle, stating that the opportunity is a dream come true for her.
She wrote, “Since 2016, I have envisioned performing at the stadium for football ceremonies surrounded by hundreds of dancers and people.
“Seven years later, I’m performing at AFCON. It is indeed an honour and a dream come true. It’s just the beginning,” she added.
The Afrobeat star will be collaborating with other artistes from Africa to perform the theme song of the 2023 AFCON, ‘Akwaba,’ which means welcome in the Baoule language in Cote d’Ivoire.
The rendition of the 2023 AFCON anthem will also feature legendary Ivorian group Magic System and Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan.
The opening ceremony will take place at the 60,000-capacity Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan.
The tournament, which kicks off on Saturday with 24 nations in six stadiums across five cities, will draw to a close on Feb. 11.