Pulse events editorial pick of the 10 best events for the 2015 calender year.
What you are reading has the power to indelibly change your perception of events and parties you attend for the rest of your life. Ok! It’s not that serious, it’s just an editorial pick of 10 best events from 2015. It was another rollercoaster year for events; from corporate gatherings to album launches, concerts, product launches and exciting big parties. Nigerian’s love their events, I can tell you that for free. A hotbed for celebrities and socialites, Lagos proved again to be the hottest location for premium events. Port Harcourt came tumbling after, with Abuja and Enugu slowly gaining momentum as good cities for sell out events. Although in Abuja’s case the word “re-gaining” seems more appropriate. The following is our Top 10 best events from 2015
10. Olamide Live In Concert 2 (OLIC2): Who is a modern day influencer? Someone whose music makes you just want to dance whether you’re in the mood or not, someone who’s every word becomes the next street catch phrase.
OLIC2, put together by budding company Right Entertainment and Achievas Music was easily sold out with little effort from the organizers of this event. This is because the first installment was just as successful
OLIC2 gathered the hit makers from 2015 including Phyno, Vector, Lil Kesh, Wizkid, Reminisce, Ycee, Adekunle Gold and received tremendous support from the media.
The entertainment didn’t stop with music; Instagram comedic sensations Craze Clown and Aphrican Ape plus a few others.
I’m glad I attended this one. But for the porous security at the venue, this event would easily be number one. It’s our number 10 on this list
Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial All White Party: I’m not an expert wine taster or an aficionado in judging which vineyard produces the best grapes that belong to certain champagne region but I know a classy party when I see one.
The launch party for the introduction of the Moet Hennessy White Champagne was quite classy. From the gift basket invitations to the infinity pool at Radisson Blu and the intimate fashion show, this was a party for the posh and it lived up to its billing.
What’s more intriguing is guests actually obeyed the all-white dress code. For its excellent organization, impressive target audience and mature feel, this event easily makes our number nine.
Fifty The Movie Premiere: The following conversation took place between a Pulse photojournalist and an event critique.
Photojournalist: The Fifty movie premiere was the biggest this year.
Event critique: Impossible
Photojournalist: Dangote was there
Event critique: Wow! That’s big oh
Photojournalist: King Sunny Ade performed
Event critique: Aaaah! For real?
Event critique: That’s the Mo’ Abudu’s movie innit? She’s classy.
Photojournalist: Yes oh
The movie premiere held at the Eko Convention Center, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design week: Contemporary fashion was at its best in this year’s edition.
Weiz Dhurm Franklyn, Mai Atafo, Bridget Awosika, Toju Foyeh, Ejiro Amos Tafri, Tiffany Amber to name a few are were on display blessing fashionistas. These designers are uber-talented and I bet if they were sportsmen or singers, their names will be on people's lips like they are national heroes.
What am I rambling on about? I love fashion shows and the only thing I appreciate more than high fashion is super hot super sexy models. This one didn’t disappoint.
MAY DAY LIVE 2: I can still hear the kicking and screaming. There’s even a video that has a concert attendee screaming this is the worse event ever. After an initial flop, May Day Live held finally held in Lagos.
There were soulful performances from some of Nigeria’s finest and the legendary Lauryn Hill. Fans who turned up were treated to good music in the lovely ambiance of an uncrowded Eko Convention Centre.
Despite Lauryn Hill getting on stage at 1:30AM (Yes, an hour an half after midnight), devoted fans stayed back to watch the soulful songstress dish out conscious, soulful music and a truly live performance.
She was the difference between a catastrophe of an event and an awesome morning of soulful R&B. This event would easily be number one if there were no hiccups of missed flights and astronomical diva-rish behavior from Lauryn Hill (She didn’t even offer an apology for her lateness on stage). That’s why this event made the list at number six on our list of our best events for 2015.
AY Live: Like joke, like joke, this event has become a mainstay. Don’t be surprised to see AY’s sell out concert permanently installed in our diaries forever.
Such is the success of this event and it never seems to disappoint. This year’s edition was no different; let’s talk about the Port Harcourt episode that served up something of a dramatic twist between standup comics Helen Paul and Gordons. Was it part of the joke? Was it a true airing of dirty laundry?
Rhythm Unplugged: If you ask Cecil Hammond and Bukola Olowude of Flytime Promotions, they will tell you they have no problem selling out. So how do you keep the success consistent? Fuse a contemporary US R&B performance (that 16-year-olds will faint for and older women will faint for) with the Nigerian line up of performances and you’ve got a good show. Trey Songz added a lot of flavor to the show last year.
I don’t have much to say about Rhythm Unplugged because it happens every year and they make it look effortless. But it was the energy and the performance on the night that got the crowd going and that’s why it’s on this list.
Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards – For its A-list celebrity attraction, its continental acceptance and its excellent organization, AMVCA has got the number three spot. The stars came out looking dapper and chic. This event had a fashion element despite being a movie awards show.
MultiChoice out did themselves in terms of excellent organization and punctuality; something a lot of event organizers have taken for granted and I personally find to be disrespectful.
Not these guys, the gig started exactly at 4PM, no African time. The direction and creativity behind the planning and producing of the event was spot on. Minus the not-so-Mavin performance from Don Jazzy and co, and you have the event of the year. Our number 3 best event for 2015 is Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
Access Bank Conference 2015: I think this event should have been called corporate elite, (no pun intended). This event brought together the finest people in business and influencers from around the world to enlighten and inspire on leading in a transformational world, the imperative of innovation.
This event was for the sharp minds and if you missed it you surely missed out. The Access Conference brought the 43rd President of the US; George Bush and Former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy in its maiden edition, what could be bigger right? Uncontested number two.
The Experience: If you were wondering what it would take to outdo the camaraderie of Herbert Wigwe and the Apple laptop inventor for the best event held in Nigeria in the year 2015, the answer is simple, and it’s in one powerful name, Jesus!
When your seldom-grumpy event coverage crew members call you 6AM to thank you for making them work overnight, you know God is at work; -no joke, this happened-. It was a powerful Experience to say the least. Cream of the crop Gospel entertainers from around the world, spill over capacity crowd at the Tafawa Balewa Square TBS, might I add surprisingly well behaved crowd, excellent security, and the meticulous organization of the House on The Rock Church, the opportunity to worship in the presence of God; bring all that together and what you get is a night of powerful Experience (Yes I said it again).
The experience held its 10th edition this year and is still going strong. Words cannot describe the atmosphere, there was a spirit in the air and you don’t need to be a churchgoer to feel it, the only pre-requisite is a soul and you can bet it will be uplifted by the harmonic voice of Don Moen, the awakening vocals from Chioma Jesus reminding your spirit that its safe to take a trip with Jesus, the ever so true and consistent Sammy Okposo and the enigmatic Donnie McClurkin, I could go on, but this article may never end, it’s a 10 over 10 from me. The Experience was the number 1 event for 2015.
Other Amazing events from 2015 that narrowly missed the list
Elite Model look 2015 – This should come as no surprise, already said I love fashion and hot models remember? That aside, it was an excellent event.
DJ Xclusive Superstar Album Launch- This guy knows how to turn up a party for sure.
Presidential Inauguration 2015– them try small.
Swing and a miss
Butterscotch evening – Dear Brian McKnight, where’s our YouTube apology video?
Article by: Ugo Stephen Agbaji head of events at Pulse.ng. A marketing and communication expert, Ugo holds an MSc in management and international business from Nottingham Trent University. Ugo believes anything worth doing is worth doing right except parallel parking. IG: @ugo_stephen