Except for the delay- due to the last minute change of venue- the Thisday music and fashion festival totally blew off my feet. It was the biggest fashion event I had ever attended and at such I was very anxious about what to expect. The event had kicked off in Abuja-capital city of Nigeria- with the likes of Rihanna and Jay-z performing in concert with local acts. Naomi Campbell and Tyson Beckford the most popular colored models of this time were on hand to lend their support and create enough awareness for the show.
The first act of the night was no other than the Quintessential Queen of R&B Mary J Blige. She dazzled the crowd with her performance and was able to carry along both the grown folks and the little ones, thanks to a career spanning over a decade. She stunned me with her energy, she was so mobile on stage with her 6 inch knee length boots and of course, her energetic and unique dance moves. She performed for over an hour and left for the next performer Chris brown.
The stage had to be transformed to give Chris the chance to indulge in one of his favourite habits, dancing. It took over 30 minutes to get it set as the drums and other technical stuff were moved to an elevated platform. During this period the irreverent Basket mouth-Nigerian comedian- entertained the crowd with his jokes and even took on the stage engineers and made everyone giggle with delight. Chris finally came out and performed a series of his songs serenading the ladies. A little girl beside me was weeping profusely out of joy I guess, the whole atmosphere was electrified with the performance of songs like kiss kiss and wall to wall. When he finally performed his hit song with you, it was like a volcano erupted. All the ladies totally went bonkers even guys and mothers surprised me. Then finally he ended the performance with one of my best Chris brown songs “forever”.
After he left the fashion show kicked off and designer to the stars Chris Aire wowed the audience with his dazzling pieces for both men and women. Ojy and Oluchi Nigeria’s hottest models started and ended the catwalk just like they did for Deola Sagoe later.
Then came Fat Joe’s performance and the most interesting thing about it was that while he was performing his hit song “what’s love” the hot and sexy models came out onstage doing their thing. And I could only wonder how many guys made the decision to get married to models that minute; at least I know I did.
It was time for Savile Row king Ozwald Boateng to show the stuff he was made of and of course he did not fail to deliver. His models conducted themselves with military precision and they were over 50.
After Ozwald then came Deola Sagoe Nigeria’s brightest light in the world of fashion. She totally delivered and showed that she could stand next to any other world class designer.
The next performer after Deola was musician shank and I must confess his rendition of his hit single “Julie” was the highest moment of the show for me. His female dancers, 5 in number and one in particular who had some flesh and not the typical dancer frame sent me crashing to the ground as she jiggled her hips and twisted her waist in the most complex moves with such precision that it brought back this Nigerian saying to my mind”ikebe no dey heavy the owner” translated means one’s weight is not heavy for him/her.
Finally the rave of the moment in Nigeria, music artist 9ice closed the show at about 4.am in the morning with his hit single Gongo aso.
P.s i'll upload videos later, blogger's giving me stress!!