It was nothing but sublime entertainment at its purest as the grandmasters of data, Globacom, on Saturday assembled seven of Nigeria’s most celebrated music icons to unleash seven hours of hip music, funtainment and dance on the residents of the Heart Land City of Owerri.
Anchored by the duo of West Africa’s movie divas, Juliet Ibrahim from Ghana and Mercy Johnson Okojie of the famous Nollywood, the Owerri edition of the show, was a class act.
Opening the floodgate of entertainment for the night was the energetic contribution by Omawumi and her band of salsa experts. The Who I Go Ask exponent was in feisty mood as she reeled out tracks after tracks from her inexhaustible music repertoire. Omawumi dazzled the mammoth crowd with her award-winning tracks such as Bonsue, Somori, kokoma, What a Bang Bang, and As I Dey.
While the cheering crowd was still relishing the overdose from Omawumi, the queen of Afropop, Yemi Alade, announced her presence on the stage with her hit track, Charlie and by the time she moved from Tangerine and Pose, to No do me, Kom Kom, kissing, Ferrari and Taking, the expansive hall was in a frenzy.
The next act of the night, who happened to be the master of dance hall, Runtown proved that he is indeed a master of the stage. The dandy artiste got the entire crowd on its feet throughout his nerve-sapping performance. His Lagos to Kampala track was the killer for the night, just as the crowd thoroughly enjoyed his other songs like Suddenly, Emergency and Fijo Gbowo.
Soaked in the euphoria of the jollification of the evening of fun, the organisers of the show once again unleashed on the fun seekers, the Igbo ethno-rapper and songsmith, Phyno, who two weeks ago joined the league of Brand Ambassadors of Globacom. The Fada Fada originator, who unarguably has done more collabo with other A-Listers in Nigeria and outside the country, was on fire. Phyno held the crowd spellbound with his tracks such as E Chop My Money, So Far So Good, Financial Woman and I Don Suffer. A member of the audience simply identified as Gift, went into frenzy on sighting the fair-complexioned music star and passed out. When she regained her consciousness, she kept screaming that she wanted to see Phyno. The iconic musician took selfies with her after his performance.
While the momentum kept growing, Globacom dropped Nabania Flavour on the crowd and the excitement knew no limit. Flavour spared no efforts at showing why he remains the lady’s man. The light-skinned and dreadlocked artiste wowed the crowd with various melodious songs from Professor Johnbull to Baby Cool Temper, E Don tey, Baby You Too Fine and Wakawaka Baby, Asewo and numerous others.
Then came the King of the Streets, Olamide, who took the show to its crescendo. The crowd lost count of the number of hit tracks Olamide dropped in quick succession. Among the hit songs the Shakiti Bobo rendered were Omo abule sowo, Alowo majaye, Shoki, Jeje lomo Eko, and Introduction. Interestingly too, like it happened penultimate week in Awka, the Igbo dominated crowd proved that the Skekelobose creator proved that indeed music is a universal language as the hall filled to the brim with largely young music buffs from the South East sang all the tracks enthusiastically along with him.
The night of fun closed with the duo of Peter and Paul Okoye, the inimitable twins of PSquare fame. They were the icing on the sumptuous cake. The combination of these Jos-born music talents on stage was spectacular. For close to one hour, PSquare displayed why they remain relevant even after 19 years of magic in the nation’s entertainment sphere. The pair kept the massive crowd on their feet with Busybody, Personally, E No easy ee and the recent Bank Alert hit tracks. They ended their performance a few minutes before 2am on Sunday.
The show, the Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour was held at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Owerri and was attended by top government functionaries, members of the paramilitary forces, business tycoons in the city and environs and other socialites, who savour raw entertainment supplied by world class artistes and celebrities. The trio of Angela Okorie, a new generation of Nollywood stars; the matriarch of Nollywood, Patience Ozokwor (Mama G) and the ageless Baby Boy of Nollywood, Richard Mofe-Damijo, RMD were the guest celebrities at the event.
Among the dignitaries who attended the show were the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Imo State Police Command, Mr. Tony Okpara, the Special Assistant to Imo State Governor on Protocol and Entertainment, Hon Uchenna Ebochuo, the Sterling Bank, Owerri Branch management comprising Lynda Ikezuagwu, Benita Orajiaka, Mega Okpara, Nelly Ukwunna and Lisa Ekpeki and a host of other dignitaries.
Ikechukwu Obioma, a student of the Federal University of Owerri, FUTO, summed up his experience at the show by saying “only Globacom could have done this; they don’t disappoint”, just as Ifunaya Odabara, a self-employed graduate of Economics from Imo State university, Owerri said: “I am used to this type of show from Glo. I was here two years ago when Glo had a show like this but I can say that this night is just too much”.
The next stop for the Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour is Asaba, Delta State, where fun seekers in the city will be treated to another dose of complete entertainment at the Event Centre on Saturday, April 29.
Glo subscribers and others wishing to attend the Asaba edition of the show are enjoined to buy Glo SIM cards, activate and load N2,000 on the SIM. Similarly, existing subscribers are expected to use up to N2,000 within one month and text MUSIC and preferred location to short code 207 such as “MUSIC Asaba” to 2017.