Davido joined American rapper Kanye West for the Major League Soccer match between Atlanta United and Columbus Crew on Saturday night. It was a homecoming outing for the musician, who was born in Atlanta to Nigerian parents, and he was accorded the special honour of hitting the Golden Spike in a fully packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The hammering of the Golden Spike is a tradition at Atlanta United that is performed by the player voted by fans at the end of every game. Davido, wearing a customised Atlanta United no. 7 shirt with his name on the back, hit the spike in front of the Supporters Section with the chants of ‘A-T-L’ from devoted fans of the club.
It is believed that the Golden Spike signifies the beginning of a new movement in Atlanta and Saturday’s feat made the 28-year-old Nigerian the first African artist to hammer the Golden Spike.
American rapper Kanye West was also in attendance at the game after his ‘DONDA’ album listening event at the stadium. The Grammy Awards winner took to his social media to share clips of himself in the stands with supporters. However, the Five Stripes could not end their winless streak in the MLS despite the presence of the two stars.
Ghana’s Jonathan Mensah scored the only goal of the match to condemn the home side to a 1-0 loss and a 10-match winless run.
Just like many Nigerians, Davido is a big fan of football or what is simply known as soccer in America. Over the years we’ve heard him admire Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo in some of his lyrics.