by Isi Esene
Barely few weeks into the new semester, students of University of Benin, one of Nigeria’s prestigious higher institutions of learning, had cause to be extremely excited when Africa’s singing sensation, Tuface in collaboration with Amstel Malta, the number one premium low sugar malt drink in Nigeria stormed the campus.
The university was already agog when the news filtered through that Tubaba as Tuface is fondly called by fans, would be performing in the school in the ongoing Campus Connect Tour of Tuface and friends.
As expected, it was a complete shutdown as the event witnessed a mammoth crowd. Over five thousand students were in attendance and the University sports complex -venue of the concert – was a beehive of heightened activity.
Giving the rationale behind Amstel Malta’a partnership with Tuface and friends, Mrs. Adedoyin Owotomo, Brand Manager Amstel Malta, said, “Our partnership with Tuface is borne out of the desire to encourage our consumers at all levels to be the best in whatever they find themselves doing”.
After a thrilling performance that kept the students on their toes for hours, an excited Tuface Idibia, thanked the crowd for coming out to listen to him and his friends and promised to revisit the school again.
Tuface Idibia expressed his excitement about the tour. “I am really excited about this partnership with Amstel Malta and looking forward to more of this. It has been a long time that I interacted with the students; it is going to be an emotional return to these campuses. I have received and still enjoy massive support from these spots. They are my ‘personal’ people.”
Some of the students commended Tuface for coming to perform and for “warming” them up as the new semester begins. Harrison Pius, a 200 level student of Political Science, who sang along with Tuface all through his performance, described the show as inspiring and exciting. “This is my first event since I was admitted into this campus and it has been on point. Some people have tried to organize shows on this campus promising to bring big names but at the end of the day they never show up. Amstel Malta has given us something that I would never forget for a long time to come. They have given me the platform to be the best I can be.” he said.
Another student Jackson, a 300 level student of Chemical Engineering, described Tuface’s performance and even coming to his campus as a dream come true for. In his own words, “I have always fantasized myself standing before Tuface Idibia performing live. Even at home, members of my family know that there is no music that soothes me except Tubaba himself”. He described himself as a die-hard fan. “If Tubaba was a pastor, I will be attending his church, if he was a movement, I will lead others to follow him”.
Similarly, an aspiring young singer on campus, Lima, a 100 level student of Bio Chemistry, shared her venture into music which she said was inspired by Tuface Idibia’s consistency and originality in the music industry has proven to be one of the best. “I have looked up to Tuface and will continue to hold him in high esteem. And my thanks go to Amstel Malta for creating this platform”
Tubaba is stomping the yard with a line-up of friends that guarantees an unforgettable experience for fans. Hypertek’s hot boys Dammy Krane and Rocksteady alongside Vector, and long-time collaborator Sound Sultan are rearing to go.
Other class acts billed for the tour include Sasha P, Seyi Shey, Timi Dakolo, Phyno, Crystals, Harrisong, Capital F.E.M.I Solid Star and Jus’ Kiddin’s EFA. NM En.Core’s Helen Emoh Abutu, project manager for Campus Connect Tour assured fans of a wonderful time. “ We are going to four other campuses as the tour continues with the support of Amstel Malta and some of the best media, technical, security and logistics support outfits in the game”
The next show is billed for May 14 at the University of Port Harcourt and Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu on May 16, while University of Abuja will come alive on May 23.
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