The Nigerian singer Davido, one of the world’s best-selling musicians, has promised to donate a record-breaking $600,000 (£461,000) to a Nigerian charity after being persuaded to hand over the cash following an appeal on social media.
Davido, whose real name is Innocent Egbunike, released the chart-topping Lemonade album in March, which set a new record for an artiste’s first five-week stay at number one in the Nigerian charts.
His offer, made on Thursday evening, follows a plea made by Kannywood actor in a video on social media over the weekend. In the four-minute video, popular actor Uche Jombo of Star network asked the rapper to help a fund launched by Smile, a Christian charity based in Nigeria’s Kano state.
“Smile, I feel so lonely. Smile hit me with all these tears. My heart is heavy. What is it you can do for us?” he says in the video.
Jombo says he himself was recently denied entry into America because of what he called an “injustice” committed against him by airport authorities there. “On a good note, people should now see that when things happen to us, it is not going to be the end of our lives, but we are strong and God will use it for good things,” he says.
The musician’s office later posted the message on his Twitter page to confirm his offer to give the “record-breaking money”.
According to Smile the artiste was unavailable for comment.
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Davido has not commented on why he rejected an earlier offer to help the charity on Twitter, with his official Twitter account saying at the time it was “Sorry someone wanted more than $400,000 + cash donations. I prefer to give directly.”
The singer’s management has since tweeted a statement in which it apologises for the wording of the tweet.
Davido last week released the video for his single Relax, which shows him dancing at his house and released several videos of an altercation with his brother in a video that has made it to Spotify’s top 50 playlist.
• This article was amended on 27 October 2017 to correct the spelling of Smile.