Fun-seeking residents of Benin City were on Saturday night treated to a night of high octane music and dance as Nigeria’s most entertaining musicians took the centre stage to perform at the Glo Slide ‘n’ Bounce concert in the city.
The ancient city literally exploded in a snowball of energetic lyrics with the quartet of Korede Bello, Burna Boy, Wizkid and D’banj taking turns to perform at the show that will remain evergreen in the memories of the crowd.
Anchored by the inimitable comedian, Okey Bakassi, the Saturday night was one like never before as the ace comedian sent the audience reeling with laughter in between the music performances by the super stars from Lagos and the Benin-based artistes who made their city proud. There was also DJ XGee who dished out popular dancehall tunes from the turntable.
The first sign that the night was going to be fun all through came when the “I don get alert” crooner, Korede Bello, entered the stage and opened the night of fun with panache, assuring the crowd that he had the right formula to tickle their fancy. He thrilled the crowd with “Na God Win” and “Adaobi”. He was followed by the energetic Burna Boy, who re-enacted Fela Anikulapo’s stage stunts. Burna Boy dazzled the crowd with songs like “Beat of no Nation” and “Run My Race”. While Wizkid was simply electrifying with his life band as he did songs including “Ojuelegba”, the Koko Master, D’banj, had a memorable night as he was on stage for close to one hour, with the crowd asking for more. Acclaimed as one of Nigeria’s best entertainers ever, D’banj performed songs like “Orin yato sorin” and “Eni to ba ta felefele” with incredible energy to the amazement of his fans.
Some of the local artistes who entertained were R and A, Blue Ice and the visually impaired Smooth Flavour, who won the heart of the audience when he sang about how his destiny could never be destroyed, his present predicament notwithstanding.
Speaking on her experience after the show, Evelyn Emokpai, a University of Benin graduate of International Relations, said that she had fun “like never before and it is heart-warming for me to see these stars here on stage free of charge”.
Emokpai commended Globacom “for always delighting its customers. When I travelled two weeks ago, I was told that Glo also had a fantastic comedy show in this same hall and this shows how much Globacom loves the people of Edo State.”
Globacom’s National Sales Coordinator, Mid-West, Mr. Offor Augustus-Ndu, who spoke at the event, noted that Benin City “remains one of the priority cities for Globacom and I can assure you all that this is just the beginning of the good things we will be doing around here. Just stay with Globacom and experience all the mind-blowing promotions that will be coming your way in weeks to come”.
Other side attractions at the show included dancing and singing competitions.