… as new Miss Ojude Oba emerges
Three of Nigeria’s biggest entertainers, MI, Reekardo Banks and veteran showbiz anchor, Gbenga Adeyinka gave an impressive account of themselves at the just-concluded Glo Ojude Oba music concert as they left thousands of fun-seekers asking for more at the show which spanned five hours.
Globacom, reputed for delivering great entertainment concerts, packaged the event which held at the Equity Hotel Music Arena in the ancient town, in continuation of the main Ojude Oba Festival parade which it sponsored.
The event held last Wednesday at the Ojude Oba Parade Ground with thousands of dignitaries including four serving state governors in attendance.
The guests apparently got more than they expected as the evening which started slowly quickly built into a crescendo that got the crowd yelling and ululating out of excitement.
Small Doctor, new Fuji sensation, reeled out his popular songs in quick succession to the extreme delight of the crowd which joined him to sing along as he rendered Mosquito killer, Uzobu, Gbagaun and Ile Ijo
Reekado Banks showed why he has joined the big league of Nigerian entertainers. The artiste, who was sparsely known barely two years ago, left no one in doubt that he has truly come of age. He dished out popular tracks from his rich repertoire including Katapot, Sugar Boy, Chop Am, Oluwa Ni (rated as one of the biggest Nigerian songs in the last three months), and Na ur Boy. The excited youth pulsated with passion as they danced and sang along with their idol, while several of them wielded their android phones to freeze the moments for later enjoyment.
African Rapper Number One known also as “Mr Incredible” MI may not boast of new hit songs but he convinced his fans that music, like wine, matures with age. The crowd literally exploded in ecstasy when he performed his all time hit songs such as African Rapper Number 1, Bullion Van, Oshe, N1, and Chairman among others.
Another feature of the fun-filled evening which drew thousands of youth and fun-loving senior citizens, was a beauty contest where the most beautiful lady of the pageantry was crowned Miss Ojude Oba. The brand equally gifted out branded items to winners of the dance and singing competitions to make the yearly music carnival even more memorable.
The keenly-contested competition trumped up 20-year-old Miss Adejoke Balogun, a 400-level student of English and Literary Studies from the Tai Solarin University of Education won the coveted crown and a cash prize of N150, 000. Also, 22-year-old Omolade Osetekun, a graduate of Industrial and Labour relations and 22-year-old Motunrayo Durojaye, a graduate of Home and Hotel Management, both from the same school, emerged first and second runners-up respectively.
Miss Ojude Oba thanked Globacom for showcasing the youth of Ijebuland through the competition. According to her, the crown had made her self-confidence to soar. “It was like receiving a major vaccination against fear of failure and rejection. It feels good to be acknowledged as a beautiful young woman”, she said adding “I intend to be a role model to younger girls by making them know that it is possible to combine beauty with brains.”
Similarly, Osetekun and Durojaye also lauded Globacom for its first class products and services and for throwing its weight behind Nigerian youth and empowering them for a brighter future.
Mr Folu Aderibigbe, Commercial Coordinator, Business Enterprise who stood in for the Chairman of the company, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr., at the Ojude Oba festival disclosed that the network’s continued sponsorship of Ojude Oba was as a result of its belief in the culture and traditions of the Ijebu people as veritable tools of unity and cohesion.
Globacom has sponsored the post-Eid-el-Kabir festival for ten consecutive years in its bid to celebrate the unique culture of the Ijebu people and to foster the cause of tourism in line with the desire of the current government.