The biggest posthumous celebration ofÂ late King of world Pop music, Michael Jackson on African soil is underway as the umbrella body of musicians in Nigeria, the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has concluded plans to hold concerts in various parts of the country in his memory.
In a letter to the US Ambassador in Nigeria signed by the President, Admiral Dele Abiodun, PMAN noted that it has finalized arrangements to honour Michael Jackson with live concerts in three geo-political zones of Nigeria.
According to him, the first of the concerts already billed to come up between Wednesday, August 19 and Saturday, 22, 2009 is to host road shows, dance shows, song contests and live concerts, in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
Speaking on why PMAN is organizing the concerts, Abiodun said â€œit is in honour of his numerous contributions to the development of virile music and ultimately, the entertainment industry in the world and Nigeria in particularâ€.
According to him, Michael Jackson left an indelible giant footprint on the sands of time and an irrevocable vocal impression on the sound of eternity.
He noted that â€œhis works are felt in every nook and cranny of the world, Nigeria inclusive; and he has a large following in Nigeria, which is why we are planning to gather his fans and lovers of his music across Nigeria, so that we can celebrate him togetherâ€.
He said PMAN deliberately zoned the concerts to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt to allow music lovers from every part of the country have the feel of the celebration, which he promised to be fun filled.
While expressing his condolence to the government and people of the United States over the loss of Michael Jackson whom he described as the Greatest Ambassador of America, Abiodun emphasized that Nigerians and Nigerian musicians would miss the mega star.
The PMAN President also commended the US government for its efforts at ensuring that all issues surrounding the estate Michael Jackson left behind are properly settled.