BY LUMINOUS JANNAMIKE
For entertainment aficionados in the South-East, Sunday, November 19, 2017 was a fresh experience for them as they stormed the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu for an evening of breath-taking performances by their very own Phyno, Flavour, Runtown, and Zoro, who literally made the entertainment utopia a reality for them during the PhynoFest concert.
Hosted by ace broadcaster, Olisa Adibua, the 22,000 capacity concert venue was packed with attendance; affirming, as the stuff of legend, Phyno’s cult-like following in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
Seldom, do Nigerian artistes stage individual shows that attract the numbers that Phyno has been able to mobilise to sell-out the Enugu stadium back-to-back.
However, one of the unpalatable highlights of the events was when D’banj helped a female fan who was being assaulted by a section of the crowd at the music festival.
The Kokomaster abruptly stopped his performance and queried: “What nonsense? Which kind barbaric nonsense is that?” when he noticed the sexual assault meted on the female fan.
He asked security at the event to rescue the fan and bring her to the stage for safety. However, that move stirred the ire of the overly enthusiastic crowd as they started throwing plastic bottles on stage but D’banj somehow managed to take control of the show and got the crowd going haywire again.
Aside from that case of harassment which had D’banj intervening, no fewer than 30 other girls were allegedly raped by unscrupulous fans while the event was going on; indicating a strong need for better security at subsequent major concerts to check their excesses.