By Lolade Sowoolu
Grandfather of Nigerian comedy business, Ali Baba, is planning a showdown to mark his 20 years on stage as a comedian.
The CEO of Alibaba Hiccupuray 3rd (Incorporated), Alleluya Atuyota Akporobomeriere who is more popular by his stage name, unveiled to press men at his Lagos residence the â€˜luxury eventâ€™ tagged Aligations 2010.
The A-class eventÂ targeted at captains of industries and high net worth individuals will feature grand house performance by Juju King- Sunny Ade, Dan Maraya Jos and iconic pop R & B all-time favourite, 2Face. He said, â€œwe needed to celebrate it (his twentieth years on stage) big and bring on board the likes of King Sunny Ade and Don Maraya Jos to show that your age doesnâ€™t have to reduce your quality of performance.â€
King Sunny Ade expressed his thrill on the project. â€œI was happy to be called to be a part of it (Aligations 2010). To perform for those who knew me when I was Sunny Ade and then King Sunny Ade, they should come and see us (together with his band) perform from a new angle.â€ 2face who was absent because of a performance engagement in Ibadan was said to have sent word that he would be paying tribute to fast-rising hip hop act who passed on recently, Da grin.
It is promised to be a fine evening with a good mix of good music, comedy and executive dining.
The 3-course buffet-and-champagne 4-hour event is expected to begin by six in the evening of June 13th at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Part of the guests expected at the event include veteran comedian, Baba Sala, past presidents, comedy kingpins and serving governors.
The event is tagged â€˜Aligations 2010â€™ because the evening is devoted to demystifying cultural myths that have been passed on from generation to generation. â€œWeâ€™re going to celebrate comedy, the Nigerian entertainment industry, the future and the past; especially the people who kept the scene alive for the younger onesâ€, AliBaba concluded.