|Davido performing at a concert. Source: CNN|
The musicians decision was prompted after initiating an impromptu online appeal back in November that both amused and confused fans. He stated in a tweet “If u know I’ve given you a hit song… send me money.”
He stated the purpose of the request was to raise 100 million naira ($243,000) to get his Rolls-Royce out of customs where it was being kept in port. As one of Africa’s most prominent artists, Davido is known for his songs like “Dami Duro” and “Fall,” which has helped him build a massive social media following.
Within less than ten minutes of posting, he had raised approximately $17,000 and within four days had raised a staggering amount of $485,000. However, in an unexpected turn of events Davido, whose real name is David Adeleke, announced that funds would actually not go to help him, but instead help be donated to charity.
Davido wrote in a statement. “In my usual playful manner, I requested a few days ago that my friends and colleagues send money in celebration of my birthday…The response and outcome exceeded my expectations.”
Seeing the response of the social media community caused him to express interest in wanting to do similar campaigns for subsequent birthdays.
Additionally, moved by his fans Davido committed to make a personal donation of $120,000, or 50 million naira, and named a disbursement committee that will identify him to orphanages that need funding.