The event which held at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos welcomed a galaxy of stars from across the continent, was filled with panache and lived up to its billing of one of the biggest award ceremony on the continent.
Here is my diary on the awards;
Successes and High Points
- The award ceremony was billed to kickoff at 7.30pm Nigerian time, and as it is everything Nigerian, the guest never seem to arrive on time, stages never seem to be set and the organizers will still be seen scurrying around trying to tie last minute edges, this was however different, the hall was already filled with guests as at 7.30pm, the stage was set and even though the event had not officially kicked off, they seemed good to go.
- At 7.50pm, DJ for the night, DJ Switch kicked off the event churning out tunes from her wheels, the Jagaban Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was to receive an honorary award walked in at 8pm, which is quite early for a VIP attending an event, then at 8.25pm, the ceremony was officially opened with a 10minute cultural and dance performance which had a beautiful display of choreography and African music.
- When I first saw the names of the hosts for the night, I was a bit skeptical seeing as these were people not familiar with the ever demanding Nigerian audience but the duo of Kenya’s Davidso Ngibuini a.k.a DNG and Ivorien Aurelie Eliam absolutely held their own on the night, interacted well with the guests and that little act where they both ‘freestyled’ was actually one of my highlights of the night.
- Production and sounds were very solid, noticed the likes of Efe Omoroghe amongst the team and the outcome was a world standard production as the usual sounds/ microphone failing which is a regular at awards on our shores wasn’t present here.
- I also noticed the themed display of ‘African culture’ at almost every corner from the security guys at the screening desk, the hosts on the red carpet, all the way to the entry into the main hall and even the female hostesses, they were all clad in attires that portrayed the beauty of the African culture.
- We live for the performances and they were really good on the night, prolific actor and legendary story teller Jimi Solanke kicked off proceedings with a short story on the African culture, this was followed with an opening performance that featured a beautiful collaboration between Nigerian own Cobhams Asuquo on the grand piano and back-up vocals alongside South Africa’s legendary group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo as they performed the classic ‘Diamonds on the soles of her shoes’, this captivated the audience and gave us a taste of what to expect and the other acts on the night like A.K.A, Tsidenia, Stanley Enow amongst others did not disappoint also.
- Security was also very good on the night and they behaved themselves in a manner not too overbearing on the guests.
Ehis Combs Ohunyon is a music lover and writer, follow on twitter@ehiscombs