BY CHUKS NWANNEThe hype for the show was massive, so, it wasn’t a surprise to see top Nigerian celebrities turning out in their numbers for the Encomium Black And White Ball. Held at the KFA Events Place, Lekki, Lagos, the show, which lasted into the night, featured the presentation of a 90-page magazine, three-part, all-gloss, full colour package dubbed, A Decade of Encomiums (1997-2007).
Commenting on the publication, Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel, who actually arrived behind scheduled, but fully kited, praised the effort of the publisher, Kule Bakare, over the years.
Unveiling the package, wife of the Lagos State governor, Abimbola Fashola, urged guests and Nigerians to avail themselves the opportunity of picking a copy of the compilation, but added, “I won’t call N25,000 only because, N25,000 is a big money to come by these days.”
For a young designer, the event had enough to build a comprehensive fashion catalogue. Apart from the strut on the runway by some models, who showcased the designs of some selected designers, celebrities turned out in stylish outfits.
Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Eucharia Anunobi, Oge Okoye, Ebube Nwagbo and Cynthia Okpara, among others, were at their best. The men were not left out, as Chidi Mokeme, Tunde Obe, Ali Baba, Julius Agwu, Victor Osuagwu, Kenny Ogungbe (KK) and Dayo Adeneye (D1) were all clad in suit.
Tunde and Wunmi Obe (TWO) were totally in charge of the stage, melting out songs from both old and new recordings. The DJ also thrilled guests with popular Naija tunes such as Good or Bad (J Martin), Yori Yori (Bracket), Sokori Bobo (KC Presh), Dance For Me (Duncan Mighty) and others made noticeable impact.
Despite stipulating a dress code — white and black — for guests, manycame for the event incomplete. In fact, a good number of guests were denied entrance; notwithstanding teir status.
For the intervention of Encomium magazine publisher, Bakare, guests such as Dele Momodu; Ganiyu Adams; Victor Osuagwu; would have been shown the way out by the unfriendly bouncers. A popular senator from Lagos was delayed entrance because he did not adhere to the dress code.