Koko Concert: Hauwa Gambo’s 7 reasons D’banj should be very proud of himself

by Hauwa Gambo

So, the way you’ve heard it told on our famously ‘follow-follow’ social media space, Dbanj’s 2012 Koko Concert, held on Thursday, December 27 was a huge flop, right? And he has done the wise thing and apologised. Well, apart from the fact that yes indeed he needs to get a full refund from Idris “I-am-not-even-a-real-star-yet” Elba, I have seven reasons why you might want to think again…

[Read 'Why this should be a wake up call for D'banj' HERE]

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 a 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 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, and he gets props for blazing a trail I am almost certain many will soon follow. D’banj has always been a big – huge – risk-taker. No matter what anyone says about the venue (you can’t blame him please – it’s not as if he hid the venue,  it was on the promos for the show), after the trek was done, it was an excellent choice for a concert. Now, private developer of Eko Atlantic City, can you please do your work?

[Read 'Is this a nomad or a D'banj fan?' HERE]

3. If you had any doubts that D’banj is now truely an international star – well, there he was pulling around town in an Aston Martin – with Big Sean. This wasn’t a Nigerian act being called upon to perform at a random concert with foreign acts – this was a Nigerian superstar, on his own, able 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, know that the managing director of GTBank 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 inane beats, alongside other corporate executives in finance, oil and gas, and everything else. D’banj has built an attractive brand that appeals to all segments of society. This concert proved 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 Andersondid 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 talkability, I am sure we are all reminded that Dapo Oyebanjo is officially Nigeria’s most important artiste, at this time, as I write.

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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  • “thousands of Nigerians stood up to
    support this man D’banj who many claimed
    had lost his touch with Nigerians”

    Nope. Half of those people wouldn’t have showed up if it was just a D’banj concert. They were there to see Big Sean, Idris, etc not D’banj.

    Tolu December 29, 2012 12:53 pm
    • Your “beef” will not let you reason properly. Those guys you mentioned came because of Dbanj. He invited them on his terms and they are his friends. Dbanj couldn’t have done a show alone, he needed people and he invited crowd pullers like him.

      truthbetold December 29, 2012 2:02 pm
      • Exactly..he invited ‘crowd pullers’ because he knew he couldn’t pull one himself.

        Tolu December 29, 2012 4:44 pm
        • Tou, I don’t know ur age but you sound too much like a child. You can headline a show but your are not going to be the only one to perform on the show for God’s sake. Dbanj has only done what other international artiste do. The ultimate motive is to make a maximum impact that guarantees profit. U are not going to achieve that by inviting rukees and non starters now…lol..wake up Tolu. Open ur mind, forget beef and learn. U can be a better person, don’t destroy ur future with beef and hatred.

          truthbetold December 31, 2012 1:37 am
  • Gambo!!! Really ds is coming from ur mouth? Cos u were not there to witness the suffer nigerians went thru, and the insult dbnj poured out on the 5k ticket holders, for dbanj to even tell nigerians ‘ am sori for the trek to jerusalem’ is even insulting, it shows he does not even have remorse for his deeds, shame on u gambo for ds write up, u did it cos of d peanut u would get, there is notn to proud of from that koko concert it was a scam and d EFCC should be petitioned here, cos most of the naija artist that were mentioned in the advert were not present.

    kinxlee December 29, 2012 1:17 pm
    • who wasn’t there? Tuface? Have u asked why before you call EFFCC and before fooling yourself? If the other big names could come as promised, so, it doesn’t occur to u that the absence of Tuface and any other Nigerian act is explainable? Pls., wake up and reason properly.

      truthbetold December 29, 2012 2:06 pm
    • The ‘sorry for the trek to jerusalem’ comment was beyond appaling. I can’t believe he tried to make a joke out of something so serious.

      Tolu December 29, 2012 4:49 pm
  • Follow kinxlee on twitter @kingshizley. God bless

    kinxlee December 29, 2012 1:19 pm
  • why are the Igbos so ferocious in condemning anything Yoruba. I’m Edo but I know Igbos cannot compete with Yorubas in any endeavour. Yorubas have always had an upper hand. You want to pull down Dbanj, you’ve forgotten they still have Wizkid, Davido and so on and so forth. They will always come tops no matter what. CNN profiled some artistes recently they did not mention any igbo artiste. Yoruba people are blessed and we all know that, so why the rat race and the stupid tendency to run them down. Back off bad people cos you can’t try them.

    Edo boy December 29, 2012 2:11 pm
    • Be easy…no one is taking this to a tribal level,Idris Elba is neither Yoruba or Igbo…nd this has NOTHING to do with D’banj being Yoruba .come on!!! Evrybody loves wizkid,and not every yoruba person loves d’banj…why do we like to reason like this..was it only igbos that attended the concert that complained.
      I knw u r just looking for a way to start up something that will create more comments,but atleast a smarter,more intellectual,arguable comment would hve done the trick.

      vivi December 29, 2012 2:43 pm
      • Its a lie…..all this issue that that and that attack on the internet 90% are coming from ibos u go verify…Dbanj is unarguable the biggest star in Nigeria and africa…all u bigots should continue…next year all of u shall join us again. Whether u were there bcos of dbanj or bigsean or idris, the point is u paid ur money and u were there…that’s all that matters.Bigsean goes to yankee tomorrow he will definitely tell ye…4k u…if ye come next year no show o!!

        me December 29, 2012 4:20 pm
    • you re definitely stupid for bringing race on this issue, It seems u have nothing to do with Ur life Just a reminder CNN have featured many Nigerian celebrities both Ibos and Yorubas, so stop causing unnecessary issue out of nothing and find something meaningful to do with your life.

      Sam December 29, 2012 5:55 pm
    • Edo boy, u are either dead or about to.
      Ur articulation here shows u never exist.
      In Nigeria today, Igbos are more active in all angle name it football, swimming, boxing, music so where do you get ur records? Though I never want to bring tribe but ur crass stupidity deserved urgent damnation.

      steve smith January 18, 2013 10:59 pm
  • Dude talking about ibo and yoruba, seriously???? Cmon look for sometn constructive to say, @kingshizley

    kinxlee December 29, 2012 3:23 pm
  • Where does this foolish gambo spring up from?. How much were u paid to come and rant this jargons on here if u have better things to do is better u go and face it rather than coming here to say what u did not know anything about.

    easy December 29, 2012 5:29 pm
  • I dont know y u ppl r still arguing… The koko himself admited his flaws. So gambo stfu! U speak so much fallacy. Yes Dbanj fucked up buh he is still a boss.

    Reil December 29, 2012 5:30 pm
  • Am I the only one who noticed all the grammatical errors in this write up?
    And as for Hauwa, the fans should always be put first!!! And the fans dont seem too happy!!!

    Ada December 29, 2012 5:52 pm
  • with all said and done Gambo u r right in some ways some beef d’banj not because of anything just because he is no more with DON JAZZY buh dey have forgottin that when dey want to start this journey no one was there and no approver from anybody….life goes on yoruba addis say 20 children cant play for 20yrs so let dem be….whatever d’banj do is not alwYS OK bcos is not with don jazzy again……i love dem both and d’banj as always be man since BIGUP more to ur elbow……xxx

    IBIKUNLE MATTS December 29, 2012 6:11 pm
    • U be fool. Why don jazz neva make good muzic as in hit track abi dr sid afefe na hit track abi wande c :u see me ri na hit track omo dbanj still make hit top of the world na hit dbanj u be the baba there fada dey self hear dbanj joor ooo dey there de talk

      korede December 29, 2012 6:47 pm
      • korede mind ur words u dont need to use abbuse words here. Everyone love dbanj and he hiz my numba artist any day any time…..xxx

        IBIKUNLE MATTS December 29, 2012 9:10 pm
  • I can’t even believe dis unnecessary tribal talk, genevive was on cnn and on oprah, get ur facts ryt…. Pls dbanj’s hit song is oliver twist abi, isn’t it donjazzy’s song… .. The truth is dat people expected soo much from d obviously over hyped concert, y should we beef dbanj????.. D painful part is dat d money has gone into his pocket weather u trekked or not, buh I’m sure nigerians won’t be soooo stupid to pack deir sef der next year….

    chyke December 29, 2012 10:34 pm
  • Just a quick question for those who attended the concert….. How did the VVIP’s get to the venue? Did they have to trk the long trk to jerusalem or were they helicoptered there or were they allowed to drive down to d venue? Someone please????

    David December 29, 2012 10:35 pm
  • Just a quick question for those who attended the concert….. How did the VVIP’s get to the venue? Did they have to trek the long trek to jerusalem or were they helicoptered there or were they allowed to drive down to d venue? Someone please????

    David December 29, 2012 10:35 pm
    • U re so cheap as nothing to claim to be an Edo boy.u can’t even proudly say u re yoruba hahahaha u wish u re from ma state, abeg no bring ma edo enter this talk cos koko kiniko na flopppppp dbanj accepted d fact himself, n from the look of things I dnt think ibos re competing wif any tribe they re just hardworking they only care about their hustle so mr imposter talk about ur show n live the dear tribe to enjoy their xmas peacefully in their homes of course u should know they all traveled for d xmas n have no such time talking about bullshit concert

      sanda December 30, 2012 2:56 am
      • thanks my dear.

        why must people get igbo as a tribe involved in every argument, why not hausa or others.

        some times i get tired of listening, discussing or participating in nigeria issues because at the end i will have to defend my tribe.

        mbauwa January 8, 2013 4:29 pm
  • This article is incredibly foolish and filled with grammatical errors. The point is the event was poorly organized. All that was needed was a crew to direct all vehicles to the parking area. You cannot leave impatient Nigerians alone to figure that out hence the mess created.

    The point about the venue is moot cause if you know anything about Eko Atlantic and Eko Hotel, you will know that the two venues are owned by the same people. So it is not flipping the middle finger to Eko Hotel. Do some research before writing up crap.

    And people saying those complaining are “beefing” are complete idiots. The event was an organizational mess. Nothing wrong with complaining about that or the fact that those who had VIP tickets were farthest from the stage!

    This write up angers me more than the actual mess of a concert.

    Jumoke December 30, 2012 1:37 am
    • Sorry Jumoke(if that’s yiur real name) u r daft…..”.eko hotel and eko atlantic are owned by the same pple indeed”. u must be insane to think that way. did u ever go to eko atlantic b4now?now u know the place, that is thr intention of the owners of the atlantic. all these ibo warloards commenting in yoruba names mase

      me December 30, 2012 4:09 am
  • Hmm…interesting thread.

    my perspective…

    Koko Concert is packaged with a constellation of different interrelated celebrities spanning from Hollywood to American Music industry and our evergreen Nigerian Artists, which is a giant stride any would aspire to take.

    D’Banj is a great guy, whom is on a pedestal of his own class but needs to be schooled more in taking business decisions. Please note empirically bad business decision can plummet great golden brand.

    Sincerely, I was not at the concert but surprisingly all my friends abroad saw it live via real time online streaming. This is an impressive innovative feat embracing technology in Africa in another dimension which actually worked.

    Sadly, all the attendees were the lab rat used as a litmus test to prove a point. “Smile” sorry guys you worked a couple of thousand meters.

    Finally to the author of this write up; the Gtbank you ranting on, do you by chance have a clue on the stake of the org. In the concert. I bet it they will send reps to follow up.

    Next year shall be a good avenue to ascertain peoples position.

    smoothgenius December 30, 2012 5:20 am
  • Hauwa Gambo, its true what tunde bakare said about you, now I can see ur really a nameless faceless sycophant.how can u still blow such big lie of africa with what lagosians suffered on that night.it amases me*mental note to self, stay away frm gambos articles, they are full of shit*

    racyella December 30, 2012 11:20 am
  • Okay Hauwa i like were you are going with this but its slightly flawed: It was never in doubt that Dbanj is able to pull a crowd. Most people out there came out to see what he could do post Mo Hits. And if this is what he served up believe me flexing and canoodling with all the international acts whose songs we cant relate to wont save him. And as for big brands, when your ship starts to sink they’ll be the first out of the ship. If tries this again, all so called big brands will drop him like a sack of hot potatoes. Our Nigerian artistes now have the fame but they losing their craft. Most successful acts don’t rest on their laurels and keep living on fame alone, they hone their craft , they see every opportunity to take it to the next level. This was his moment to prove his relevance and he blew it big time. he may get another shot at it but if he doesn’t improve, Oliver Twist might as well be his swan song

    And can Nigerians disagree without resorting to petty name calling.

    Just sayin December 30, 2012 11:53 am
  • D’banj you are too good, you got more than you expected that nigth.

    Henry EU January 11, 2013 8:52 am
  • TRUE TALK 20 CHILDREN CANT PLAY 4 20 YRS BUT IF DBANJ WANTS TO SPLIT UP WITH DONJAZZY HE’S SUPPOSE TO DO DAT ON A GOOD NOTE & APPRECIATE ALL WATH THEY ACHIEVED TOGETHER.

    OLUWASEUN January 11, 2013 5:34 pm
  • Who said d’banj is below 30.? Mr.writer , better get your facts straight.

    cantata January 16, 2013 4:43 pm
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