NIGERIAN music legends, Tuesday night, extolled Governor Sullivan Chime for transforming Enugu into an alluring city with the awesome facilities, scenery and security comparable to what obtains in other developed cities of the world.
The music icons made the assertion in the heat of their sublime stage performances at the on-going Enugu Culture and Tourism Fiesta during which they captivated the audience with some of their best tracks that held the packed Okpara Square crowd spell-bound.
Code-named Old School night, the event attracted stars of yesteryears including Ras Kimono, Bright Chimezie, Victor Uwaifo, Paulson Kalu, Mike Ejeagha, Apostles, One World and Sir Warrior Jnr.
After rendering the popular track Joromi on Governor Chime’s request, the ageless Uwaifo said: “I’ve been coming to Enugu all my life but it’s never been transformed as it is today and I say kudos to the governor. I recommend this city to anybody who’s looking for where to have a fun-filled holiday. Thank you again Governor Chime for making Enugu a modern city.
“I did this track (Joromi) in 1965, that’s almost some fifty years ago and it’s a thing of joy that just like the governor did, people still enjoy those old tunes.”
In his own unique way, Kimono chipped on stage: “I salute you (Chime) for bringing us together. Jah bless you for making Enugu a wonderful place.”
According to the legendary Ejeagha and Paulson Kalu, the event is part of the revival of our tradition and culture which other Nigerians, especially Igbos must emulate.
In unison, the musicians and other artistes on parade said they were not surprised that Enugu, as it is today, was the only Nigerian city that made the thirty five cities of the world selected this year in the Rockefeller Foundation’s search for the World’s 100-Resilient cities.
Popular Nollywood actors received awards on the night with Chiwetalu Agu thumbing up for Chime for being a silent achiever. “Other governors say so much in the media and have so little to show on ground; Chime says so little and achieves so much like all of you have seen and testified to. We’re happy to have him in Enugu.”
Nigeria’s contemporary artistes took to the centre stage the following at the same Okpara Square venue in the Roadblock5 music package that is sure to shut down the city, as it had done in the last four editions.
The superstars who performed included Davido, Flavour, Patoranking, Runtown, Stormrex and a galaxy of other star musicians.