Tiwa Savage ‘stranded’ in Nairobi after being duped by promoter

Nigerian artiste Tiwa Savage who was left stranded at a City hotel after being duped by a city promoter PHOTO COURTESY


Nigerian pop queen Tiwa Savage was on Monday duped by a rogue promoter in Nairobi leaving her stranded at a city hotel.

Tiwa Savage was in Kenya for Redsun’s album launch which was held on Saturday at the Carnivore grounds to which Tiwa gave an electrifying performance.

However, Tiwa’s woes began on Monday when she was leaving after she found that the promoter had not yet cleared her hotel bill nor provided a chauffeur to drive her to the airport.

Tiwa tried to reach the promoter to no avail as the promoters phone was switched off prompting her to take to Twitter to complain.

“Funny how everyone is asleep and phones are off after the show but they blow up your phone when they need you for radio and press runs before the show,” she wrote on Twitter.

However, a disappointed Tiwa said that the incident would not dampen her spirit.

Tiwa had performed alongside Jamaican artiste Demarco during the event and it is not yet clear if he too was left stranded.

Tiwa’s incident if indeed true could erode the hard work put in by genuine Kenyan promoters to shake off the tag of rogue promoters in the country that saw various international artistes decline from performing in the country.

In 2011, Rhumba prince Fally Ipupa blamed his poor performance in Nairobi on a disagreement he had with a promoter over payment issues before the concert.

Fally had revealed that promoter had failed to honor part of a deal they had signed before he left Kinshasa with his entourage.

While in 2012  American gospel artiste Antony Faulkner accused Nairobi based promoter, Peter Mulei of extorting money from him claiming the money was to cater for light, sound, printouts, promotion and artwork, allegations that  Mulei distanced himself from claiming Antony was looking for cheap publicity.

None of the concert organizers have commented over the incident and by the time of going to press it was not yet clear if Tiwa’s promoter had sorted out the issue.