By Ayo Onikoyi
When Livespot & Access Bank brought the whole of Africa to Lagos to celebrate the first edition of the Born InAfrica Festival on Sunday 16th December 2018, the special focus was the prospect of two biggest Nigeria female singers in Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage.
And for those on the mission to find out who would turn out better on the night in terms of stage crafts and general performances, the two queens gave their all and it would be rocket science of sort to pick one above the other.
There was so much love too for other performers who joined them on the stage. Olamide, Kizz Daniel, Congo’s finest Awilo Longomba, Dbanj delivered superlative performances.
In true African spirit, the audience at Born in Africa Festival (BAFEST) showed so much love for South Africa’s finest poet and rapper, Sho Madjozi, she brought the roof down with her hit singles, Huku and Wakanda Forever. Burna boy closed the show in a grand style.
One of the best performances of the night was the suspended drummers in the air, the performance was soul-lifting the crowd asked to see it again. MCs of the festival, Shody The Hypeman and d2Dotun did a fantastic job getting the crowd engaged from the very beginning of the show till the end. DJ Crowd Kontroller was on the wheels of steels.
Earlier in the day, art lovers admired the artworks exhibited by Africa’s most talented visual artists; Uche Edochie, Ibe Ananaba, Isaac Emokpae and Tolu Aliki.
The mini Access Bank runway also afforded fashion lovers the opportunity to walk on the runway, take pictures, admire beautiful dresses and attires displayed by designers like Tobewei, Tiffany Amber. About 20 intriguing movies were screened, film lovers sat comfortably in the screening room, patiently watching movies being screened, with much applause and accolades for the producers.
BAFEST2018 was a great avenue for networking as friends reconnected and family bonded over food, drinks,, games, exhibitions and much more. Food vendors also had a swell day attending to numerous customers.
The infusion of music to fashion made the Born In Africa Festival, music certainly meets runway, Falz The Bahd Guy opened the show with classic performances from his hit songs. Other artistes lined up for the show also brought their A-game to the stage with so much energy.