By Ayo Onikoyi
Victoria Island, commercial hub of Lagos is a place known for its huge vehicular traffic is usually a ghost town on Sundays. But it is a different story this Sunday as the highbrow area is almost totally shut down because of Glo’s Laffta Fest holding at Eko Hotel today.
The first glimpse of the traffic of vehicles and humans becomes visible from Bar-Beach enroute to Akin Adesola. So, thick is the traffic that this reporter spent almost an hour trying to make it into the new Eko Hotel car park. At the car park is another story entirely. This reporter spent over one hour trying to get his car parked. At the end, there was no way in and the reporter had to turn and leave.
Hoping the adjoining streets around the area would be a good option, this reporter navigated 3 to 4 of such streets but the story was the same.
When he eventually got a place at Oyin Jolayemi street to park he moved to the venue only to meet another traffic- this time of humans, Glo subscribers who have turned up for the event.
The event held at the Expo Hall which should accommodate 5 thousand people. To get the picture, the queue seeking entrance into the Expo Hall began somewhere around Oceanview Restaurant which is pretty much close to Kuramo. By rough calculation, from this end to Eko Hotel gate, with checking and all needed to be done, some close to 2 hours is spent. For over 2 hours this reporter could not get into the venue.
Glo definitely has hit the bull’s eye with this Laffta Fest even though to qualify as a guest at the show you would have spent some N2 thousand naira on your phone in a month.
It is doubtful if any show in recent times has ever attracted so many people at one time.
Then, there is the allure of the show headliners which include Bovi, Basketmouth, AY, Gordons, Salvador from Uganda, Wizkid, Burna Boy and several others.