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Yemi Alade Steals the Show at 2023 AFCON Opening Ceremony


Yemi Alade stole the spotlight with her dazzling performance at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations held at Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Nigerian Afrobeats sensation shared her excitement on social media, expressing gratitude for the realization of a long-held dream.

“Since 2016, I’ve envisioned gracing the stadium stage during football ceremonies, surrounded by hundreds of dancers and spectators. Now, seven years later, I find myself performing at AFCON. It’s an incredible honor and a dream come true. This is just the beginning,” she exclaimed on her official X handle.


Alade, along with fellow artists from across Africa, contributed to the electrifying rendition of the 2023 AFCON anthem, ‘Akwaba,’ meaning ‘welcome’ in the Baoule language of Ivory Coast. The performance featured the legendary Ivorian group Magic System and Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan.

Yemi Alade’s shining moment at the AFCON opening ceremony marked a significant milestone in her career, underscoring the power of persistence, prayer, and the fulfillment of long-cherished aspirations.

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