Burna Boy’s event was supported by British violinist Diane Aidenbaum, who wrote a since-edited caption on her Instagram profile [@dianeviolin] on August 28, 2021, stating that the Grammy-winning Nigerian singer performed in front of an astonishing 12,000 people.
Burna Boy posted to his account the next day to boast that, “I sold out the O2 on my own, at the pricing I desired. That’s how I wanted it. Never talk too much; simply show what you’re doing.”
This prompted a retort on social media that Odogwu had not actually sold out the O2, which has a capacity of 20,000 people. Aidenbaum has already offered a reversal of her comments following the circus of August 31, 2021. She also removed the caption claiming that Burna Boy had only sold 12,000 slots.
“O2 Arena with Burna Boy, incredible musicians…. we were all on fire,” the updated caption for her August 28, 2021 event reads.
“I would want to clarify again that I have no idea how many people were at the O2 Arena, it was a dumb calculation, it is not the true figure,” she captioned a new video from the Burna Boy’s August 28 performance. The amount of oxygen available depends on the size of the stage and whether or not it is during COVID regulations.
“I never got the real number from no one. I didn’t think people would even stop on that. I am not part of the organization to know anything about how many people bought tickets. Everyone had a fight over a fake number. Just because you wanted it to be true.
“I deleted the 12000 because you all started getting crazy in here for nothing 😂😂😂 all of you made me change my post. The concert was amazing and looked completely full. That’s all. That is what I can see from the stage, it looks full with people.
“Everyone who made such a big fuzz out of this please take a screen shot of this post as well and share it everywhere.”
Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall event will be the first in The Welcome Back Show series, which will also include Ministry of Sound Classical on November 13, 2021, and UK comedian Mo Gilligan + Friends with “The Black British Takeover” on December 8, 2021, according to the O2’s official website.