We might have failed to penetrate into the Nigerian music market but yesterday evening was a day to remember for team Uganda as they were triumphant at the Pan African Guinness Night Football Extravaganza that was held in Lagos Nigeria.
Uganda that was well represented by Bebe Cool and journalist Solomon Muleyi who each scored a goal to help their Bold United team, a collection of African players and super stars including Nigeria’s Davido among others triumph over Gold Harps with a narrow 3-2 victory.
Gold Harps, captained by Andrew Asiimwe Elochu Ahmed Kassa also Ugandan and Sauti Sol lost a hard fought encounter with Bold team but at the end of the day, there was one winner.
Prior to the games, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand took on celebrities in a two-touch challenge that was won by Bebe Cool. Rio also featured in the 5-Aside game playing a free role.
Sauti Sol made up for the loss with a scintillating performance that crowned the night with songs like Africa featuring Yemi Alade and Melanin that was recorded with Lagos homeboy Pato Ranking. But it was their Kuliko Chana that had the Kenyans in the audience singing their lungs out.
Homeboy Davido was in his comfort zone with an adoring legion of fans as he did songs like Fall and Risky. Cameroon’s Salatiel showed that the West Africans are as good at music as they are at soccer when he took to the stage but Bebe Cool did Uganda proud with a high energy performance, hitting the stage with ‘Up and Whine‘ accompanied by Nigerian dancers. He also did ‘Wire Wire‘ and closed his set with ‘Love You Every day’ that is popular across the continent.
True to the concept of holding Guinness Night Football in unexpected locations, the Pan African edition was held in the terminal of the The Hanger, a business aircraft jet airport adjacent to the Legend Hotel.
Away from the music and soccer, there was a silent cinema showing Nollywood classics – what is a Nigerian experience without Nollywood. There were also other games like human snooker, Play Station plus body painting and henna.
At the end if the night, the Ugandans in the audience left with satisfaction written in their faces as they had been well represented.