It was not surprising that the Expo Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites, the venue of the annual Koko Concert organized by the Mohits was filled to its capacity last night, Tuesday, December 27, 2011 leaving scores of people standing and many more denied entry for the sakes of suffocation.
The main concert did not start until the late hours of the night owning to some technical problems that were being fixed inside the main auditorium. Though many seemed tired and angry with the delay, but the appearance of W4, the Wagba Kontrol crooner on the stage changed it all. It was followed by performance from Naeto C, Davido, Wizkid and UK based Nigerian artiste Dotstar who all wowed the audience before IK Osakioduwa who anchored the show introduced the Mo’hit family on stage.
Democratic Republic of Congo super star, Cabo Snoop was another great performer of the night; he performed some of his best hit songs like Pratakatumba and Windeck to the delight of his teeming Nigerian fans.
The audience, including celebrities went wild when the sexy and award winning sensational singer, Tiwa Savage came on stage clad in a shiny dark blue top and purple hot pants. She really brought the high expectations and excitement back; Tiwa intoxicated the audience with her first rendition, ‘Without My Heart’ which featured the Mohit head honcho, Don Jazzy. The crowd was on their feet all through before she sang another monster hit song – ‘‘Love me, Love me, Love me’ off her yet to be released album. In no time, both the young and old at the show lost decorum. Some trooped to the forefront of the stage while others stood on their seats, all in the name of getting a good glimpse of Tiwa Savage. She literally got the over 5,000 audience eating from her palm.
Unfortunately for a concert as big as Koko Concert, all the performance from the artistes were lip-synched even with the presence of a live instrument which however looked more as a make-over for the stage.
After 7 minutes of mini documentary of Dbanj on the big screen, some fans couldn’t wait to see the Koko-Master come on stage as they kept screaming his name in thousands. Without much ado, the camera was directed to the middle of the auditorium where Dbanj had been hiding for some time. Dbanj was decked in a gold colored shiny jacket over a T-shirt with a picture of his American label (G.O.O.D music) owner, Kanye West’s face on it, with black pants and brown shoes.
While the crowd was still basking in the euphoria of Dbanj’s appearance, he thrilled them with his song, Suddenly, with the backup of a live band, and the crowd kept screaming just like the Libyans celebrated the fall of the late dictator, Muhammar Gaddafi.
But the excitement was short-lived when Pop star Dbanj, who was the last headliner, unfortunately put up a disappointing performance. When Dbanj performance with the live band became obviously dull, the Deejay came back on stage once again and it was a mixture of drum set and his original recorded beats which he however continue to lip-synch to. Many anticipated more than what the Mo’Hits Vice President brought.
As the crowd got more bored of his performance, the Koko Master continued to engage in pointless small-talks and complimenting his sexuality per time. In place of an enigmatic performance the audience had expected, Dbanj was too busy raining accolades on his brand, Genevieve, Kanye West, GT Bank and random ladies who she finds irresistible among the crowd. It got so annoying that some people began to leave.
When he realized the crowd was gradually leaving the main auditorium, he performed ‘Fall in love’ and dedicated it to Don Jazzy’s parents who were celebrating their 30th marriage anniversary on the same day.
The shocking news of the night was when Dbanj announced that people should not expect any ‘spectacular surprise’ as American rapstar, Rick Ross was not in Nigeria as earlier publicized due to the recent state of insecurity in the country. This triggered a massive exit from the hall as the crowd who were expectedly waiting for Rick Ross and possibly Kanye West to come on stage as a surprise package for the night felt highly disappointed.
Dbanj was booed off stage after he made the announcement.