Thrills, frills of Bowler Hats Bash 2
It was a star-studded evening in Lagos recently, as Daylight Newspapers staged the second edition of Bowler Hats Bash. Staged at the prestigious Coliseum Events Centre, Ikeja, Lagos, the event, which was organized to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day, brought together leading names in the country’s showbiz industry.
The evening kicked off with a green carpet reception, where the stars made fashion statements with their outfits, before stepping into the hall for the main gig, that saw almost all guests decked in bowler hats.
With Nollywood actor Segun Arinze as host, the shows proper opened with the beautiful rendition of the national anthem by precocious kid sensation, Nonso Sax. The quintet of Princewill, Akpos, Omini, Moran Cee and KCK opened the floodgate of undiluted entertainment with loads of comedy and got the tumultuous audience asking for more.
Comedian Elenu listed the event when he mounted the stage and sent the audience reeling in an unending laughter. TJ Sax and a couple of other musicians also got slots to entertain the crowd, but Orits ‘Pupa’ Williki’s performance was the highpoint of the event. His rendition of his evergreen songs such as Fight The Fire and 10 Commandments took guests down memory lane, when reggae music ruled the airwaves.
Surprisingly, the female star performer of the night was South African-born Afro Soul crooner, Kalifonia, who flew all the way from Johannesburg to be part of the lovely event that serenaded Lagos and its environs while it lasted. The sexy entertainer, who reminded many of the late Brenda Fassie, wowed the star-studded audience with her electrifying performance and well choreographed sensual dance steps.
Ghana based dance hall star, JKL4Real, further revved up the evening of premium entertainment with three hot songs from his sophomore album. Also, two leading comedians, D’Lectura and Mr. Makati, were exceptional in their delivery of jokes and jibes to the admiration of the cheering audience.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the founder of Bowler Hats Bash, Mr. Azuh Amatus, thanked all the invited guests, performing artistes and partners, for standing by him and his team.
Azuh, who is also the publisher/editor-in-chief of Daylight.ng, further called on corporate bodies to support the annual event, which he said had become part and parcel of the country’s events calendar.
“Bowler Hats Bash is our own way of celebrating and rejoicing with Nigeria and Nigerians on her Independence, every October 1. Our dream is to export Bowler Hats Bash beyond our shores in no distant time,’’ he said.