As usual, I had started scheming and lobbying for my invite to this once in a year soirée organized by my Bank. Early in December, I had started stalking my friend and brother, Charles and his delectable and sweet colleague Amaka for my invite.
Reason for this feverish need to attend is not far fetched. This event has since it’s inception come to mark the cornerstone of excellence providing a confluence between the entertainment industry and the corporate world. It provides a platform for otherwise ‘serious’ minded bankers, let down their hairs and enjoy the best of Nigerian entertainment. For me, wherelse would I get to watch P-square, Tiwa Savage, iyanya for free, while meeting and rubbing shoulders with key players of the finance and real sector all within the ambience of the wonderfully apportioned Eko hotel Hall.
So you can imagine my panic when by that Saturday morning, I had not received my invite. As an investment banker of about 20 years experience and a major customer, I believed I more than deserved the invite. So hands shaking I placed a call to Charles and he came through. Amaka was simply wonderful as she made sure my name was on the list.
As I got to the red carpet, the delectable hostess, screamed my name and I immediately felt like Prince Willams of Uyo. I walked in majestically feeling like I have arrived. Amaka strategically put me on blue 4 . That was the name of my table and seated with me, was Kenny ogungbe, Idowu ogungbe and chief Dele Momodu. The food was out of this world, the service was super efficient and the entertainment on the stage was awe inspiring.
Tiwa, ever so beautiful rocked that hall. She as usual moved amongst the dignitaries and got them to momentarily forget their targets and sway to her hit tunes. Iyanyacame on stage and although did not initially get the crowd going, he made up with his wisecracks. This was so arresting especially when he noticed Mrs Onari Duke. He ran to her and asked for her number and got the audience cracking. His plea that the people should at least stand up to dance so that the balance of his artiste fee would be paid him also cracked the audience.
The highlight of the evening was funny looking and scrawny legged comedian, akpororo who made the well appointed crowd laugh so hard that I swear I saw someone throw up his food. For me, my tummy ached so much that I actually blocked my ears for fear of farting from hard laughter.
I saw Tony Elumelu, the iconic immediate past MD of ubA, I saw Phillip, the present MD, I saw Albert the head honcho of BGL, I saw Segun Awolowo and a host of other movers and shakers of the economy.
Banky w redeemed his image . The last time I watched him was at the Dare Art Alade, love show last year. He was so terrible that the microphone switched itself off. But this night, he held the audience. He sang smoothly, danced magically and melted my heart. His outfit was in point too. Maybe the UBA magic rubbed off him.
p-square came in and finished the show in grand style. They rocked.
I have always admired the Uba family. The cohesion, the controlled but very passionate growth, the never say die spirit. They call themselves Lions, very apt.
At the risk of sounding sycophantic, I think Charles and crew are doing a great job at managing the marketing communications of the UBA Group and this MD award is just the icing on the cake.
As I drove into the shomolu night after the event, i kept on reliving that night and made a note to call Charles and amaka to congratulate them for such a wonderful outing.