Davido’s message on Instagram replies to David Oji, whose recent fundraising had raised $831,000, or around €700,000
Nigerian musician Davido has responded to online fundraising, saying he will donate $600,000 (£481,000) to charity after online charity donations exceeded $831,000, or €700,000.
Davido’s post on Instagram did not specify where the money would go. A recent Facebook campaign set up by Davido’s producer had raised nearly $831,000 (£700,000) in less than five days.
Davido (@D_Davido) I’m @Mayorbuka. Mr. Davido has decided to put himself on the ‘donation’ #DavidoGiving campaign and plans to give out millions of naira. I’m happy as I know the happiness behind the gloating !
The post says Davido has been finding it hard “being treated unfairly”.
“I’m @Mayorbuka. Mr. Davido has decided to put himself on the #DavidoGiving campaign and plans to give out millions of naira. I’m happy as I know the happiness behind the gloating !” It was unclear if the donation was a direct response to the earlier fundraiser, which also raised awareness about the human trafficking and forced labour problems in Nigeria.
Davido wrote: “It’s a hard time and I have a huge inspiration in my life at the moment – and to follow it out, with a strong heart and faith,” The Guardian quoted him as saying. “These young girls are looking for change and opportunities and because of my connection to these problems, I’m thinking a lot more about how I can make a difference.”
Davido, 21, had previously warned fans against donating to the online campaign. “I can’t be petty about this,” he wrote. “I’m not petty, like I ask for millions for a track. I am not giving my opinion on it, but I do want to mention a couple of things that may or may not influence and may or may not help the situation. I am up every day, working my ass off and all I am doing is helping myself.”
The artist was previously vocal about a financial scandal in 2014, when he sold out two nights at London’s Wembley Stadium that he did not actually have control over.