You Think D’Banj’s 2012 Koko Concert Was A Flop Cos of the Alleged Jerusalem Trek – Right?
He has done the wise thing and apologised.
Asides that, Hauwa Gambo Has Seven(7) Reasons D’Banj Should Be Proud of Himself & The Koko Concert Brand:
1. Did you see the crowds?!?!? No seriously. This fact is obscured by all the giddily negative chatter, but what people forget is that thousands of Nigerians stood up to support this man D’banj who many claimed had lost his touch with Nigerians. Oh no he hasn’t. Nigerians showed the young man one fact on Friday – and that is the fact that he’s still got much love. Now it’s up to him to keep the fire burning or to lose his magic.
2. Eko Atlantic as a concert venue was a bold decision – flipping the middle finger to the exorbitant and unnecessary Eko Hotel venue – and he gets props for blazing a trail I am almost certain many will soon follow. D’banj has always been a big – make that huge – risk-taker. No matter what anyone says about the venue (you can’t blame him please biko – it’s not as if he hid the venue, it was right the on the promos), after the trek was done, it was an excellent choice for a concert. Now, Lagos State government, can you please do your work and make it easier to get there?
3. If you had any doubts that D’banj is now surely an international star – well, there he was pulling around town in an Aston Martin – with Big Sean and exchanging high-fives with the rest. This wasn’t a Nigerian act being called upon to perform at a random concert with foreign acts – this was a Nigerian superstar able, on his own, to get international acts to pall around with him at his own concert, as his own friends, on his own terms.
4. Now those who know these things, know that the managing director of GTBank (the event’s sponsor) loves D’banj like his own son. But still, the man’s sitting down there in the crowd singing along to D’banj’s legendarily nonsensical beats, alongside other corporate executives in finance, oil and gas and everywhere else. D’banj has built an attractive brand that cuts across all segments of society. This concert confirmed that.
5. Sadly, this fact was lost again – but this is the first time a concert in Nigeria has been live-streamed with the quality witnessed via Ndani. Clear and uninterrupted broadcast where the audience on television felt as close to the action as the people who sat down in the crowd. It was another first – and Daniel Anderson did it first.
6. Let’s take a minute and pause on what the fact that D’banj trended on Twitter like a multiple orgasm means… Yeah, at least by sheer talk ability, I am sure we are all reminded that Dapo Oyebanjo is officially Nigeria’s most important artiste, at this time, as I write. That’s the Koko.
7. No Psquare, no Wizkid (not on stage at least), no Mavin, no Asa, no packing the entire Nigerian entertainment industry into one venue like Rhythm Unplugged, and for good measure no Chris Brown, and yet in terms of everything there is – performances, crowds, media, social network buzz, celebrity attendance, high profile – thus was by the far the biggest concert Nigerian has seen this year, and it was by a Nigerian below the age of 30.
Well done, D’banj, Well Done.
Oh, by the way, the people will be back next year. You can take that to GTBank.
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