Sunday 26 September 2010 would be a memorable day for music – and 2face – lovers in Nigeria they were treated to a sumptuous three course meal of real entertainment from the greatest export of the best of Naija music – 2face Idibia.
Although the show been massively advertised on air to hold from six pm at the Expo Centre of the Eko L’Meridien Hotel, you might not have known in if you strolled in three hours after. But when it started, it was a rush!
From the R&B version of the national anthem by new artiste Tiwa Savage, that threw the audience into, er, delirium , to the captivating choreography/drama interpretation of 2face’s Holy Water, and the hair raising acrobatic display of two, uhm, creatures – you would think they were snakes, but the guys with the effortless ‘boneless’ movement were actually human, spiced with a cat and mouse chase.
The anchors: MI (Mr. Incredible) and Banky W (Mr. Capable).
A lot – more than ‘MORE’ –was thrown at the public as the man D’ Banj has termed the ‘Adam’ of the Nigerian music industry bursted on stage in restraints held by two sexily dressed babes, begging as he sang I wanna be Free … The wonder then was what could possibly cage a man loved many, and admired by legions.
Clothed exclusively by MAI, his performance was laced with reckless abandon of sexual lyrics and suggestive body movement by the father of five. The night could aptly be termed The History of 2Face Idibia, reminding us of his journey through stardom and now near-legend status.
Our favorite tunes were belted one after the other in a well scripted format from Enter the Place to Only You that left the audience gasping for air. The audience, which included the Bruce clan, Richard Mofe-Damijo and others – watched in excitement as this man-wonder did his thing; freely interacting with colleagues in the audience which included D’Banj, Don Jazzy, Wande Coal, Yaw, Kaffy and others (as an aside: 2face’s sing-song acknowledgement of Wande Coal and the reaction that accompanied it from the crowd could tell that the scandal that rocked his career did more than just rock it.)
Doing the Alanta with Terry G and Timaya, performing collabos with Terry G, 9ice, old Plantashun Boiz tracks with Faze, dancing with Dance na de main thing, doing some seductive choreography with Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh that got the crowd WILD, and then a little African Queen skit that unveiled his cute, cute daughter Ene Dibia, added to a well choreographed programme, more exciting themes and seamless production, it was little wonder that no one wanted to go when it ended at a few minutes past 12 – guests still on their feet dancing!