The Afro Nation concert in Accra ended abruptly in the early hours of Saturday, December 31, with organizers blaming the situation on overwhelming safety and security concerns
The massively attended concert was in its final day following a buzzing Day One that saw a dozen local and international artists perform to a teeming audience.
Day Two started with a similar buzz and expectation until just after midnight, when performances were halted due to reports of crowd control issues at the main entrance.
The show began well, with artist such as Dadju being told by the Emcees to stop performing after only 15 minutes due to poor sound quality on stage break down due to commotion.
Despite the fact that Asake was also announced to perform, the emcees later said that there was commotion at the back/entrance and that people should remain calm and stop pushing the barricades due to the chaotic moment that happened at the event.
According to reports from VIP attendees, gunshots were reportedly fired outside the event by other concertgoers without tickets who were forcing their way through to the event.
The crowd and patrons at the ongoing event were forced to remain still, with no performances from artistes due to the commotion caused at the main entrance by other concertgoers.
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Another report also say, due to the gunshot that was fired during the concert, made Ambulance to arrive and blocked the narrow path which some part was wet and muddy.
The organizers of Afro Nation explaining the reason why the show had to end abruptly due to security and safety issues said below
“It was clear that the place was filled out but we had a lot of selfish people who decided to turn up at the door… for whatever reason they wanted to rush the door.
“At this point, it’s gotten too much for security and the police that we’ve got back there. As I mentioned earlier, it doesn’t matter what is going on there. If any of you leave this place in a body bag, that would be on us,” one of the organizers mounted the stage to announce.
“And that is one thing we don’t want to happen. At this point, I want you to understand that the reason why we ending this show is for your own safety… right now I is crazy outside and we want to make sure you guys leave in the safest way possible,” he continued.
Afro Nation Ghana festival returned for the first time in two years after going a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The festival season held on 29-30th December in Accra to celebrate African music and talent.