Gabriel Afolayan Releases Pre-Wedding Photos

Gabriel Afolayan Releases Pre-Wedding Photos

By City People

The last boy of the Afolayans, Gabriel Afolayan is about to tie the knot. His pre-wedding photos just hit the net, and we hear his bride Banke, also has a link with entertainment. More photos below…

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By Olamide Jasanya

The sixth leg of the on-going Star Trek held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Township Stadium in Sapele, Delta State with six of Nigeria’s finest musical acts like M.I, Omawumi, Waje, Ice Prince, Flavour and Sound Sultan rocking the stage and entertaining the teeming audience

Gbenga Adeyinka at it Again

The show began at exactly 9PM with the M.C, Gbenga Adeyinka welcoming the audience in his typical comic manner before proceeding to remind them of the reason they are gathered. He introduced the DJ, Tony blaze and announced the artistes billed to perform as the audience cheered along in excitement. Shortly after, he began his usual ‘memory game’, challenging the music knowledge of the audience by asking them to mention the artistes behind some selected songs. First was ‘Kukere‘ then ‘Azonto‘ followed by Daddy Showkey‘s ‘Fire fire‘, Baba Fryo‘s ‘Allan Po‘ , Stereoman‘s ‘Ekwe‘ all the way to ‘Baraje‘ by Ruggedman and ‘Jagajaga‘ and ‘Mr Lecturer‘, both by Eedris Abdulkareem – all of which the audience not only guessed right but sang along to.

DJ Tony Blaze Sets It All on Fire

Awake all through the night was DJ Tony blaze who shot the temperature to the maximum with his selection of hot music tunes which got the audience bumping hard without reasons to slow down. The hairy DJ at intervals switched between fast and slow songs ensuring that the audience loved it all.

Gbenga Adeyinka Turns Rapper-Exorcist

As usual with Gbenga Adeyinka, he appreciated all the rappers in the Nigerian music industry and went ahead to flaunt his rap skills; free styling with one of Eedris Abdulkareem’s tracks. Not long after, he announced the dance competition and requested for six male and female dancers. The competition started in earnest and all the participants slugged it out, each trying to prove their relevance on stage.

However, only two got the audience’s common support and Gbenga confirmed that they were ‘crazy’ before making an attempt to exorcise them claiming their ‘craziness’ supersedes that of Terry-G and every other crazy guy he’s known.

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At different times during the show, names like Dagrin, MC Loph, DANA plane crash victims, amongst many others, came up, as performers, including M.I, Flavour, Omawumi and host Gbenga Adeyinka honoured them with either a song, or a mention. M.I chose to do his in his usual way, playing Dagrin’s songs and asking the audience whether they can remember the rapper. Flavour, performed in a solemn mood, a song he composed for MC Loph while Waje mentioned that the dead be respected, as did Gbenga Adeyinka.

Aspiring Stars Unveiled

At exactly 11:06pm, the first aspiring star, Boloyoung, was called upon. Next was G.E.B who tried to connect with the audience. Other acts like J.I.P, Kester, Natty dread, Ominice, C.Y.A, Lady Vivi also took their turns on the stage before the appearance of the winners of the 2012 Star Quest, Crystals came on board with another mind blowing live remix of Beyonce‘s ‘Run the world‘ which fetched them applause and appreciation from the audience. They also performed Gyptian’s ‘Hold Yuh’, amongst other songs.

This was followed immediately by the previous winners of the competition, Da B.E.A.T, performing for the first time since the Trek began last month. They entered to Destiny Child‘s ‘Survivor‘ before doing ‘Baby Oyoyo‘ and a dance session.

Safi Bomb and B.M.G Spotted

Of all the aspiring stars that performed, the very demanding audience could not hold back support for two including Safi Bomb, whose songs they passionately sang aloud to, waving their hands and calling his name loud to show their support. Safi Bomb was allowed to perform three of his tracks based on the audience’s demand and immediately he won the hearts of even the M.C. Another artiste was B.M.G who was discovered in Benin. The young artiste threw the crowd off balance, performing songs of different genres. The audience applauded his prowess at delivering the lyrics of the rap, reggae and R&B songs and fitting it all into one beat.

11,000 crowd From Sapele

As at 12:30AM, during a chat with one of our correspondents, brand manager of Star, Obabiyi Fagade, confirmed the number of fans to be 11,000 stating that it is by far the most attended since the Trek began last month. ‘The tickets have been exhausted but a massive crowd is still at the gate, hoping to gain entrance’.

But Fagade is not shocked at the turn out. ‘The turn-out is as a result of people’s understanding of the idea behind the trek, which is to allow even the remotest city, have a feel of good music. Only a brand like Star can do such for 10 years and continue‘, he told us.

Waje Sets It Off In Style

Appearing at exactly 1:26 am, in yellow patterned Ankara blouse matched with an orange pair of leggings, WAJE set the show off as the first star performer. She was fully backed by her live band as she performed some of her hit tracks including ‘For a minute’ and ‘Kolo’ before taking a break and diving into a juju session, to which the audience rocked and screamed her name in excitement.

She resumed with Beyonce’s ‘Dejavu’ before going on to perform her ‘So inspired’, ‘One naira’ and her recently released ‘The way you love me’ before signing out at 1:45 am.

Omawumi Follows Suit

Omawumi entered to her ‘If you ask me’ track and soon set the ball rolling with her band members who supported her as she performed some of her hit tracks including ‘Bottom Belle’, ‘Today na Today’, ‘In the Music ‘ and a remix of popular South African song, ‘Nkwoboti’ with which she advertised the beer, Star. Excited, Omawumi pulled off her shoes, danced, sang and later engaged the audience in a friendly chat, encouraging them to be proud of their birth place, citing herself as an example. She added in an interview granted one of our reporters that she feels excited being at home and hinted a better display in subsequent performances.

Sound Sultan’s Fan Freaks Out

One of Sound Sultan’s fans, Augusta could not believe her eyes as she gasped and screamed when she was called on stage to dance to the ‘Orobo‘ track. Sound Sultan who entered the stage to his ‘Jagbanjatis‘ tune rocked the audience with some of his hit tracks including ‘Motherland‘ , ‘2010‘ and ‘Bush meat‘ before he stormed down stage and headed towards the audience, shaking hands with them as he continued singing.

Ice Prince Locks Sapele Down

Choc boyz rapper, Ice Prince got the loudest ovation from the crowd as he entered with his lines in the ‘Molowo noni’ track. Bracing it up with more tracks including ‘Oleku’, ‘What’s up’ and ‘Super Star’.

The BET nominated rapper could not hold back his excitement at the acceptance as he removed his necklace and threw it right into the audience, causing more excitement and screams from the audience. He later came down from the stage to perform his last track before making his exit at exactly 3:39am.

Flavour and M.I Repeat Ritual

The duo of high life singer, Flavour and M.I thrilled the Sapele audience with a repetition of their previous performances. While Flavour dished out a semblance of his Benin show, with the same choice of songs, games and words, M.I repeated the game he played with his Ilesa audience, playing the same songs and asking them to guess the singers while he removes a clothing item each time they got it right.

Flavour and M.I Sing Together

The audience could not hold back their excitement as high life musician Flavour joined his friend and colleague, M.I, on stage to perform the hit track ‘African rapper’. The duo treated the audience to a nice time; watching them sing and sway along to the music while they remained on stage beaming with smiles as they continued singing.

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