Calabar agog with MTN Project Fame’s stars show

It was a weekend of excitement and one that
would go down in history as one of Calabar’s
finest nights. The products of Nigeria’s most
enduring musical reality show last Friday at
the Calabar’s Cultural Centre in Cross River
State entertained over 10, 000 youths for the
When the event began, the array of rare vocal
and stagecraft sent the crowd wild. First to
perform was Tolu, the Season 3 finalist, on the
reality show, who stirred up memories of his
feat in the Academy. He sang Arewa a blend of
Yoruba lyrics and English, the young man
enthralled the fans with his techniques and
stage presence.
Like Tolu, Roy serenaded the capacious hall.
He left many wondering why he was not one of
the most famous among the rich list of
superstars that have come through the
Academy. His performance was followed by
Tomiwa, Ella and Mike. For Mike, however,
there was a proof of long seasons of hardwork
to meet the expectations of the fans that have
refused to doubt his genius.
Ayo, the last winner of the most productive
talent show, also performed and he justified
why he was voted the best contestant.
Highlights of the night were Chidinma’s
performance, Praiz’s finesse, Iyanya’s rare
ability to engage the youths and the guest
appearances by two of Nigeria’s finest hip-hop
artistes, Wizkid and KCEE.
Each of these artistes performed with
admirable uniqueness that brought the crowd
to their feet. Starting with Chidinma, the KORA
Award winner delighted the audience with a
medley of her first album and the current
toast of the airwaves, ‘J’aiye’. When she came
off the stage, it was clear where she belongs –
top of the rank.
Praiz did justice to his uncommon profile as
he wowed the crowd with a remix of ‘Stay’ and
‘Rich and Famous’. He parted on an inspiring
note by sharing his rags to riches story with
the audience.
KCEE mesmerized the crowd with his
performance. His dance steps were unique, his
songs were well mastered. He left a good
memory for Calabar to cherish for a long time.
Iyanya’s appearance on stage set the crowd
excited with his Kukere track. He parted with a
most dignifying introduction of Nigeria’s hip-
hop’s rave of the moment, Wizkid.
Wizkid, MTN’s latest ambassador, turned the
concert into a fiesta. Insisting that his fans
come closer to the stage, thousands of fanatics
left their seats and, before long, it was a live
party. He rendered a classic combination with
Femi Kuti and the youth’s favourite, ‘Touch
your Toes’, among other songs.
The All-Stars concert will hold in Lagos this
Saturday, June 29 at Oriental Hotel, in Lekki.

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