Snoop Dogg Heading To Nigeria To Celebrate Nation's Independence From Britian

Snoop Dogg will

help Nigeria celebrate its independence by participating in the first annual This

Day Music Festival.Taking

place on Oct. 7 and 8 in Lagos, Nigeria, the two-day event will commemorate the

46th Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence from Britain.The

festival will be marked with a series of activities and concerts aimed at promoting

the revitalization of Nigeria’s cultural centers.Snoop,

real name Calvin Broadus, will join a star–studded casts which comprises

of Beyonce, Jay- Z, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Ciara and En Vogue.Other

acts on the bill include top Nigerian acts King Sunny Ade, Tu Face, DBanj, Dare

Art Alade, Weird MC, Asha and Seun Anikulapo-Kuti."This

is the biggest event to be hosted in Africa and easily the number one music event

anywhere in the world this year," organizer Ola Joshua told Nigeria's This

Day newspaper. "With Nigeria's return to good international standing,

a reform-based and growing economy, things are certainly looking better in Nigeria

and we believe it's time to showcase Nigeria to the world especially as we mark

our 46th year of Independence.”As

an added bonus, Fan Zones are being created in Lagos and across Nigeria so that

families who cannot afford tickets can watch the event live on big screens, at

a very low cost.Snoop,

who has lent his time to various philanthropic ventures, recently headlined South

Africa’s first-ever People’s Celebration and performed concerts in Cape

Town and Johannesburg.The

Doggfather is currently preparing his eighth LP The Blue Carpet Treatment,

which arrives in stores Nov. 21.The

album features production from Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Rick Rock, Pharrell and features

guest appearances by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, The Game, Brandy,

R. Kelly and MC Eiht. Ironically,

Snoop Dogg was banned from the United Kingdom in May, after the rapper and his

entourage were involved in a brawl with airport security in London's Heathrow

airport the previous month.