Written by Ogbonna Amadi
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Last weekend was all about Nigeria ’s young people, as The Future Awards hit the nation with a bumper package of two major events: the “Do Something” Pre-Awards conference on Saturday, and then the main Awards on the 18th of January at the Shell Hall of the Muson Center in Lagos – both, as usual, very well attended.
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The Awards, which started on the red and green carpet where there were a million flashing lights from a blinding array of media, quickly kicked off with a voice over announcement: ‘Live From Lagos, it’s the Future Awards 2009’, as Timi Dakolo was announced to kick the show off with his mellow new single… it was a great start to what would be an amazing evening!
The anchors for the night were revealed: Dare Art Alade looking dapper and TV girl, Onyinye Igwe. With the anchors greeting selected guests, it was on to the next performance by Lara George. Lara’s performance of her “Ijoba Orun” classic that saw her go from note to note was clearly a hit with an appreciative crowd.
But her performance was only one of the many to dazzle the crowd and keep them on their feet. Every performance at the evening wowed the guests. Omawumi’s ‘In The Music’, the National Anthem sung anew with Obiwon and Lara, the Midnight Crew getting everyone on their feet, Sound Sultan with dance group Explicit- singing both his classic Mathematics and his new song ‘Bush Meat’, J.Martins with ‘Dance na de Main Thing’ dance group performing his hit, ‘Good or Bad’, MI, his brother Jesse Jags, and the young rapper Lil’Flo raising the roof with a 10 minute routine that the crowd could not get enough of.
In between the female host changing her evening dresses almost at the speed of thought, the show’s flow was interrupted somewhere in the middle by a surprise appearance from the duo of Koffi and Owen Gee which got the guests all cracked up.
The Theatre @ Terra crew also pumped up the humour with a comedy skit that recollected the dark days before democracy’s return. All the night’s performances were hits without question.
The Keynote Address was delivered by Adams Oshiomhole, who had to call in live to the venue of the event, due to a personal emergency which stopped him from making his flight to Lagos that morning.
Whilst he called in live, and inspired the crowd with his trademark soaring and unrehearsed words admonishing the youth for focus, determination and continued faith in the Nigerian project, he also had a strong delegation representing him live at the venue which included the Secretary to the Edo State Government, his Senior Special Assistant on Media, and his Special Assistant on Traditional Matters.
Other government representatives at the event include the Special Assistant to Governor Fashola on Education, a representative of the Ondo State Governor, and the Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue, which were also sponsors of the event.