Omarion—who's had some trouble getting his latest album released—is having trouble getting listeners to pay attention to him. The last time he made a lot of noise was when the rest of B2K wanted to reunite and he essentially went all "new phone, who dis" on them, prompting B2K stans to go ham in his mentions. Now, it appears he's alienated some fans again after a recent show in Namibia drew a damn-near empty venue, for what sounds like a completely avoidable reason.
Mind you, this is far from Omarion's first time performing in Africa; his video for "Distance" was filmed in South Africa, and there's footage of him performing in Kenya and Nairobi this past summer. He even dropped a quick promo for this Namibia show, which looked like a monster of a show.
You'd think that Omarion would be getting loads of love in Africa, right? He would if he'd actually attend his events, apparently. A number of reports say that Omarion was scheduled to appear at a press conference, but his manager said he wouldn't make it, citing "exhaustion."
Reportedly the media waited for him at a press conference & he was a no-show so his manager said he was 'exhausted from his flight' pic.twitter.com/sEp44lvuh8— Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) October 28, 2017
So what did the Namibians who copped tickets to see Omarion do? They stayed the fuck home, boycotting his performance. Not sure who was that hyped up to see a press conference, but the results were undeniable.
Omarion showed up in Namibia, REFUSED TO SHOW UP AT A PRESS CONF. AND Namibians paid him back in kind by not showing up to his concert 👇🏿 pic.twitter.com/KwGsGCmSzO— Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) October 28, 2017
Phil Mphela, a South African entertainer, said that this was an example of the "Namibian press, influencers & people" teaching Omarion "a lesson. DONT DISRESPECT US!!"
It doesn't look like the show was totally empty, based on a video Omarion tweeted from the event. It's hard to see what the crowd looked like, but O at least had a few ladies rocking with him enough to hop on stage.
As long as you had a good time. ✨😇 pic.twitter.com/gHJ8dwquae— OMARION (@1Omarion) October 28, 2017
The moral of the story? No matter how big you get, the people who got you there and cop your tickets ultimately have a say in how your shows go and your albums sell. Keep it in mind.