Davido has said that fans have sent him approximately £300,000 after he asked for money.
The Afrobeats singer had asked listeners who believe “I’ve given you a hit song” to “send me money”. He then shared his real name, David Adelenke, and a bank account number.
The Nigerian-American artist has now posted screenshots that purport to show that he’s raised more than 170 million Nigerian Naira (about £300,000) [via BBC Newsbeat].
Davido tweeted that his aim was for fans to send him N100 million to clear his Rolls Royce from a seaport in Nigeria so that he could pay outstanding bills in order to release an item shipped in from abroad.
He is recognised as one of the world’s biggest African singers, with more than 21 million followers on his Instagram alone. In the past he’s sold out The O2 Arena in London and has collaborated with pop stars including Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.
Some of his fans have happily supported the singer’s request money, while others have called him out. “The world is really going crazy, how can Davido ask fans [for] money?” one user tweeted.
Another fan wrote that “the bitterness is disgusting” in reference to any backlash.
Elsewhere, a fan said: “He deserves more… he has been a blessing to many and it’s time to give back to him. Happy birthday in advance @davido.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “I am not interested in where these funds are coming from. And I don’t have issues on whether Davido deserves this. He more than does. My eyes are on the motive. It’s not bad if he keeps it but I would vote for charity(orphanage/NGO). That for me, would be the icing on the cake.”
Davido has released three studio albums to date: 2012’s ‘Omo Baba Olowo’, 2019’s ‘A Good Time’ and 2020’s ‘A Better Time’.