Like, you know, having two Nigerian Corners: RMG Company and Reve Entertainment are separately promoting their party corners for Nigerians and friends of Nigeria – and both pretending they don’t know what the other is doing.
Where is which holding?
One Nigeria corner will be located at Adela Street, London W10 5BR, while another will be holding it down at Golbourne Road, W10 (intersection of Golbourne Gardens and Hazlewood Crescent-Nearest landmark: Trelick Tower). Well, at least this one is called the ‘Naija Corner’.
The Adela party, which is sponsored by Western Union, will be hosted by DJ Abass alongside comedians Wale Gates and Buchi. Music will be provided by the Nigerian DJs in the UK, with Muna, Reminisce, Olamide & Sir Shina Peters billed to perform on stage.
By the way, on the same day, artistes like 2face Idibia are ignoring both corners, and heading for the African Corner. “Africa Unplugged is being billed as the biggest African concert in Europe ever, and looking at the line-up we’re not going to argue with that. Scheduled for bank holiday Monday the 27th of August 2012, at Wembley Arena, this is going to be a huge celebration of the spirit of Africa through music, comedy and dance.”
The line-up includes 2Face Idibia (Nigeria), Zahara (South Africa), Cabo Snoop (Angola), Fally Ipupa (Congo), R2bees (Ghana), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Sarkodie (Ghana), Flavour (Nigeria), DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), Iyanya (Nigeria), Zakes Bantwini (South Africa), Chameleone (Uganda), Mad Traxx (Kenya), Winky D (Zimbabwe), Mc Inity (Zimbabwe), DJ Edu (Kenya), Mista Silva (Ghana), and Noeva (Zambia).
Anyway, back to Nigeria, so which one should you be going to?
Founding member and veteran of the Nigerian Corner, and producer of the event Ayo Shonaiya says “This year’s edition is going to be big, and our designated and licensed site at Adela Street is the place to be for all Nigerians in London on Monday the 27th of August”.
The second Nigerian Corner, promoted by Reve entertainment and Sodium Brand Solutions, will have big name appearances like Davido, Mr. Solek, Kayswitch with DJ Jimmy Jatt on the wheels of steel.
“We will continue to represent our values and portray our rich culture in the best positive way,” said Ayeni Adekunle, one of its organisers.
“We will fly our flags high everywhere possible, flaunt all the elements that make us a great people, and do our country, Nigeria, proud. It’s a beautiful thing, as you’ll see on Monday!”
Not too shabby for the Giant of Africa. We just wonder how many ‘corners’ India – with its 1 billion+ population – will have.