The grandmasters of data, Globacom, last Saturday spared no efforts or resources as it shelled Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The artistes thrill the audience with six show stoppers at the city’s edition of the on-going Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour held at the expansive Dome, otherwise known as The Event Centre on Okpanam Road.
Artistes who serenaded the audience at the packed dome and the overflow included the Itshekiri-born female music sensation, Omawumi, Afropop diva Yemi Alade, exceptional highlife crooner Flavour, the dynamic twin entertainers, Peter and Paul Okoye of PSquare, the King of the streets, Olamide aka Badoo and the hottest Igbo ethno rapper, Phyno.
Mercy Johnson Okogie paired up with the Ghanaian Juliet Ibrahim to anchor the show while Nollywood was represented by its veterans including ageless Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD), Patience Ozokwor, popularly known as Mama G and Victor Osuagwu. The show was a blistering bubble of sublime fun and entertainment.
Before the show started, Mercy Johnson, Juliet Ibrahim, Victor Osuagwu and RMD had taken time to interact with the crowd at the entrance by signing autographs for the guests and taking selfies with their fans. The segment was as entertaining as the show proper as the security personnel deployed to maintain law and order had a tough time bottling the excitement of the mammoth crowd who were eager to engage their entertainment idols.
The show began with performances by budding artistes within Asaba and its environs. Up and coming artistes such as Perezi, Young Swags, H-Culture, Brown ray, Notorious Set Zon and the guitarist, Chika Madu were appreciated by their local fans for their dexterity.
The dancing competition that followed was a good appetizer for the main course of the evening as Okafor Chinedu, Obeh Dorothy, Mafiana Lusanda, Idemudia Emmanuel and Onyinye Udogu were exciting on stage as they gyrated to the hot vibes by DJ Xgee. They were followed by the foursome of Jayfegs, Claire Babie, Eloques and Sammy West, who had earlier been pre-selected as winners of the #Glosings60seconds online competition.
The floodgate of entertainment was opened by Omawumi and she was followed in quick succession by the energetic Yemi Alade, who dazzled the crowd with her meticulous choreography, stage craft and soulful songs. Flavour was on fire at the show as he gave the crowd a full dose of entertainment worth their time at the show.
The arrival of Africa’s finest entertaining twins, PSquare sent the crowd into a frenzy and the musical squad was a sight to behold as they blended music, chorography and dance drama seamlessly, proving that their permanent seat at the summit of Nigeria’s highly competitive and tempestuous music industry for almost two decades on the stage is not by happenstance.
Olamide Badoo, the pepper them crooner was simply awesome. He raised the stake further to attract the self-proclaimed Nollywood clown, Victor Osuagwu on stage to demonstrate well choreographed dance steps.
And while the crowd was still sharing and savouring the Shakiti Bobo prodigy, Phyno, who in history, has done more collabo with Olamide, entered the stage. Just then, the crowd went simply ‘gaga’. The hall was literarily on fire at this stage and attention shifted to the VIP section, where RMD, who has not hidden the fact that he is the biggest celebrity fan of the Fada Fada crooner, danced away to the delight of the crowd.
The show was attended by the crème de la crème of the state led by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Ovwigho Igbuya. Other notable personalities who graced the show were Hon. Tim Owhere, Majority Leader, Delta State House of Assembly, with his colleagues in the House such as Hon. Prince Eric Oharisi, Hon. Emeka Nwobi, Hon. Erijo Johnson, Hon and Mrs Talib Tebite, the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Hon. Mofe Pira, his Information counterpart, Mr. Patrick Ukah, Chairman, Sapele Local Government Area, Mrs. Eloho Odebala, Controller, CBN, Asaba, Dame Elizabeth Agu and her Canada-based friend, June Chinedu among others.
Welcoming the audience, Globacom’s National Sales Coordinator, Mid-West, Mr. Augustus-ndu Offor, said that the concert was a “way of appreciating our customers for their abiding faith with the Glo network over the years.”
Offor also disclosed that the next stop for the Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour would be Aba, Abia state and encouraged fun seekers who would like to attend any of the othershows to use up to N2,000 airtime within a month and Text “MUSIC” and their preferred location to a short code 207 such as “MUSIC ABA” to 207.