R KELLY THRILLS NIGERIANS
The Nigerian Media continues to thrive through various media houses. One of such is This Day News paper.
In the last few years they have continued to mesmerize Nigerians with their classic style of celebrating the annual This Day music festival, featuring Artists like Lionel Richie, Lemar and Diana Ross.
This year’s Festival was no exception. Sponsored by Arise Magazine and This Day News paper, the 2009 This Day Music Festival which featured Robert Sylvester Kelly, popularly known as -Kelly was such a phenomenon. The first leg kick started in South-Africa at the inaugural Arise Africa Fashion Awards before the two concerts in Sun City View in Johannesburg and Royal Grand Casino in Cape Town. The train later touched down in Nigeria. There was a command performance at the Federal Place Hotel on July 3 with the attendant concert at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Victoria Island Lagos on July 4.
The ladies couldn’t help screaming, as the guys whistled, howled, and hailed him, chorusing along his ever green songs. There is not an iota of doubt that R-Kelly charged the crowd at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos on Saturday July 4 with his electrifying stage performance.
He is indeed a crowd puller; a show stopper and a great singer with a good stage craft worth emulating. He simply wowed the entire crowd with his magnificent performance.
Before now, the mere thought of having this great singer come to Nigeria or any other African country for that matter was like a tall dream. This was because it was rumoured that he had a flight phobia. Now how the organizers managed to pull this off remains a puzzle. At last, R. Kelly made it to Africa and even performed in two African countries, Nigeria and South-Africa, in five different concerts. Two shows in South-Africa and three in Nigeria
I’m happy to be in Africa. It is something I have longed for in a long time now. I am glad that I’m here but you guys made it happen”. Those were the words of R-Kelly when he addressed his fans in Lagos.
There is no denying the fact that he deserved all the warm reception and accolades that was showered on him it was actually a long and patient wait. So many accounts of events happened at the show. There wsa the account of a girl and a particular fine gentleman almost abandoned his girlfriend for her un-controllable emotions for R. Kelly. “Yes, I love you. I’ll follow you to America. I’ve missed you, I can’t wait to be with you” she yelled. The girl who was later identified as Linda continued her yearning in the presence of the guy who was initially condoning her but when he couldn’t bear it anymore; he had to walk out on her. She didn’t even seem a bit bothered until after the show when it dawned on her that he had abandoned her. Wondering how the saga ended? She was fortunate to have sighted him afar, she was later seen running after the guy and apologising all the way. So many other unaccounted details and experiences transpired during the show.
The concert at the TBS surely brought R-Kelly closer to his fans. He spent like an hour on stage and still couldn’t do justice performing the repertoire of great hits in his catalogue despite the fact that he didn’t perform the full tracks. He performed tracks like ‘I Wish, Gigolo, Happy People, Ignition, Fiesta, Your Body’s Calling, Bump n Grind, Step in the Name of Love, 12 Plays and many more. He later unbuttoned his shirt to unveil the monogrammed image of the late king of pop music, Michael Jackson, on a black inner T-shirt while he performed the Jackson’s famous ‘I Will Be There’ as a tribute to the legend who he confessed had inspired him tremendously. He capped it with a soulful rendition of ‘You Are Not Alone’ a song he co-wrote and produced with the late super star.
Despite the threatening rain on that fateful day, revelers still made their way to the TBS. They were trickling into the venue in their ones and twos till 11pm that evening.
Fully backed by a world class live band and back-up singers, the R& B king made the show quite a memorable one for all who were present. Some ladies shed tears when he made to leave the stage.
The story of R-Kelly is such an inspiring one. He might not have believed he would have been where he is today. He was raised by a single parent and growing up wasn’t easy.
Why are there so many Nigerian princesses?
There are 6 Nigerian girls at my school, all who say they’re technically considered princesses. One of them was saying that simply walking by a princess in Nigeria makes you a princess as well.
So what exactly are the qualifications to become a Nigerian princess? And if it’s so easy, isn’t every woman in Nigeria a princess?
Funny you should mention it, I received an email from one just the other day. Her uncle had left her fifty three gazillion pounds, and it’s mine, all mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, half of it, anyway.
Looks like my boat has finally come in.
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