Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade performed at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.
Total Energies AFCON shared the video on its official X handle with the caption, “Amazing opening ceremony performance from #yemialadee.”
The singer had described it as a “dream come true” in a tweet on her X account on Thursday when she revealed that she had been desiring to perform at football ceremonies since 2016.
Yemi Alade wrote, “I cannot buttress the importance of prayer and speaking into existence your heart desires.
“Since 2016, I have desired to perform at the stadium for football ceremonies surrounded by 100’s of dancers and millions of people.
“A lot of calls came in almost every year when football championship preparations were made, but none was favourable.
“I never said this, but at some point, I started feeling like my team was chasing them away but something told me to let them do their job.
“7 YEARS AFTER, I’M PERFORMING AT AFCON. IT’S INDEED AN HONOUR, A DREAM COME TRUE ❤️ and it’s just the beginning!! God bless my team and most especially Jehovah; the captain of my ship that never fails.”
Cote d’Ivoire is hosting the tournament for the first time since 1984.
Reports have it that there has been heavy traffic in the city of Abidjan, as supporters of various participating teams have begun to troop into the venue of the Group A opening match between host country, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea Bissau.