Iconic African music stars from across the continent enacted scintillating performances as they united to express the “Win as One” theme at the gala night of the 2015 Glo-CAF Awards held at the expansive International Conference Centre, Abuja on Thursday.
Playing in pairs, the acts celebrated African unity and diversity by putting up unprecedented collabos that eclectically blended the legendary with the contemporary whilst depicting a variety of popular African dance moves.
A hint of what to expect in what turned out to be a glamourous and unforgettable evening came with the rendition of the Nigerian national anthem which kick started the show. The anthem was anchored by velvet voiced Ego Ogbaru backed by vintage guitar artistry by King Sunny Ade and Bez.
The first main act of the evening was a fusion of Ghana’s sensational Shatta Wale and Nigeria’s Korede Bello which gave the gala a winning start. An unheard of collabo between Black Mambazo and Ego gave the event a phonic acapella that aided digestion of the sumptuous meal served at the ball.
After the presentation of a set of awards, Morocco’s Ahmed Soultan teamed up with Di’ja Blell from Nigeria to heighten the musical excitement and this was later followed by the electrifying performance of Bez and King Sunny Ade in a jazzy rendition of “Stupid song.”
The musical collaborations continued with the Afro pop performance by the legendary Salif Keita from Mali supported by Nigeria’s Omawumi
Megbele in an invocation to Africa, “Africa o!” Then followed the duo of Kach and D’Bang who pushed the fun higher by performing “Top of the World” and his brand new song which he premiered at the show, ‘Emergency’. It is an afro pop song that is bound to rule the airwaves. Ageless Awilo Longomba and Flavour took the event to its climax.
The exquisite event was brought to a musical wrap with the rendition of the Globacom new anthem performed by most of the artistes
accompanied by a parade of all the winners on stage to demonstrate the oneness canvassed by the theme.
Guests expressed happiness and satisfaction with the show which they described as world-class in scope, dimension and attendance.
A sports journalist, Mr. Segun Ogunjimi popularly called “Obey Ibadan” marveled at the beautiful fusion of music and football across the African continent and the harmonious way the performances were combined.
Speaking earlier at the green carpet, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Amadu Pinnick, commended Globacom for hosting the Glo-CAF Awards again in Abuja. He said it afforded guests the opportunity to witness first hand the beauty of Nigeria’s capital city, thus boosting tourism in the country.
Similarly, Senator and former minister, Sanusi Dagash, said Globacom‘s Chairman, Dr Mike Adenuga Jr., had not only supported sports in the country but had also helped in putting Nigeria on the developmental pedestal. He noted that Globacom’s Glo 1 international submarine cable was a feat capable of providing much needed internet bandwidth for economic prosperity in West Africa.