- The 2022 Commonwealth Games are at an end, with the closing ceremony expected to be a glitzy affair
- Among the acts performing for the crowd at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham will be the likes of Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula and UB40
- With Peaky Blinders one of the city's greatest exports to be the world, there will be a nod to the acclaimed crime series
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will end this evening with a much-anticipated closing ceremony at the Alexander Stadium.
The event will start at 20:25 (WAT), 21:25 (CAT) and 22:25 (EAT) on local listings across the continent.
According to The Guardian, the performers on show will include Jorja Smith, Laura Mcula, UB40, Beverley Knight, Dexys Midnight Runners, Goldie and Musical Youth. Arguably the city's greatest cultural export 'Peaky Blinders - which is set in 1920s Birmingham - there will be a sequence from the theatre show 'Peaky Blinders: the Redemption of Thomas Shelby'.
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CEO of the event Martin Green was quoted by ITV saying:
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"With this closing ceremony, we wanted to create a spectacular line-up of global artists from the West Midlands for an exhilarating musical production to conclude an unforgettable 11 days of sport and culture.
"The medley of high-octane performances will celebrate the vibrant energy and cultural heritage of this incredible city, as we bring these spectacular home Games to a fitting end."
Outgoing United Kingdom Boris Johnson said:
"The past 11 days have been a shining example of the power of sport in strengthening the ties between our unique partnership of Commonwealth nations. I'd like to thank the brilliant volunteers, the roaring crowds and every athlete who has dived, hurdled or wrestled their way to victory for making these Commonwealth Games the best yet.
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"And I am particularly proud of the city of Birmingham for being fantastic first-time hosts and welcoming our Commonwealth friends with open arms - cementing the UK's well-deserved reputation for hosting major sporting events on the global stage."
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President Muhammadu Buhari is delighted with Team Nigeria’s performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
As reported by Sports Brief, Buhari joined millions of other sports lovers as they watched some sensational performances of Nigerians at the competitions.
In a statement signed by Femi Adesina, the special adviser, media and publicity to the president, Buhari commended the 94 worthy ambassadors that proudly flew the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events.