It was a dazzling night at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Edo State on Saturday, January 18, 2014 as a high-calibre Live musical concert was held to thrill the thousands of youths who thronged the place to listen to and get close to their music idols who were in their elements to make the night an interesting one to remember.
The Live Concert, was the highpoint of a Youth Summit held earlier in the day to ginger youths of Edo State and indeed Nigeria on the need to rise up to the challenges of nurturing an assured future and developing their potentials in a country with growing apprehension and developmental inertia.
The Youth Summit, with theme: “Nigeria’s Centenary: Defining the Issues and Setting Agenda for the Future of Our Youths” had featured inspirational talks from the host Governor, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole; Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola; Human Rights Activist, Joe Okei-Odumakin; Human Rights Lawyer, Festus Keyamo; Motivational Speaker, Toyosi Akerele, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar who was represented by Alhaji Kiri Mohammed and former President of the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Peter Esele.
After the Summit at the Imaguero College Hall, the youths thronged the ‘Ogbe’ stadium in the evening for an all-night concert to wind down and they were not disappointed as they were thrilled by the best of the best artistes in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Some of the top artistes who thrilled the youths at the Concert include Timaya, Sleazzy E, Terry G, Wande Cole, HarrySong & KCee, Sound Sultan, Banky W, Basket Mouth, WizKid, Buchi, I go Dye, I Go Save, Eso, Klint Da Drunk, Edo Boy, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Osayomore Joseph, Franchise, Eedris Abdulkareem, among others.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole who was given an award on the occasion by the Concerned Entertainers of Edo State for bringing the state back from the abyss and returning night life and tourism to the state said the Youth Summit and Concert were put together to return the peoples faith in the country.
He said: “I promise to create an opportunity for our youths to realize their potentials. For me, the future begins today and that future belongs to all of you, you must have faith in your country.”
The Concert was graced by eminent Nigerians including Senator Domingo Obende, Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, Barrister Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Hon Samson Osagie and Rasaq Bello-Osagie, both of the House of Representatives; Prof Pat Utomi, Barrister Festus keyamo, Comrade Issa Aremu, Miss Toyosi Akerele, Comrade Peter Esele and members of the state executive council.