ButterScotch Evenings they called it. A rather strange but unique name to tag an event. According to the organisers, it’s an All Vip Event. Strictly for the high and mighty, the rich and famous, the ajebutters, and of course, people like us who have to hustle our way through.
To be honest, I had just two reasons for attending. The five-course meal guests were promised by the Italian top chef Aldo Zilli and the curiosity. I wanted to see live how the management intends to pull this off. I never doubted Ayana’s(the organizer) abilities though.
The D-day came along. With my Re-bahia zip dress neatly Â ironed and ready to be worn, gold accessories and black boots(not LB), I was prepared to storm Eko Hotel(the venue) in style.
I went with a few crazy friends as insurance incase the event turns out boring. Two things were striking when I got to the venue. There was no crowd at the entrance even though it was an hour past the announced time. The paparazzi had time to take different shots of me. No wanna-be celebs to steal my shine. He he!
Secondly, guests were not allowed to go in yet but rather cocktail stands were set up just before the hall. Brilliant idea! At least I had time to network with some of my favourite celebs before we trooped in.
Not more than 15minutes after we were settled in our tables, the event kicked off with Praiz delivering his masterful cover of Rihanna’s ‘Stay‘(I’m addicted to his song). He also performed some other songs not quite known to me including his popular ‘Rich and Famous‘. He got almost everyone clapping endlessly. A girl by my side clutched her chest for almost five minutes with dreamy eyes and a sly smile. Naija ladies and fine guys sha.
Aha, then came the Chef! “What is he gonna do on stage? Crack some jokes or display his cooking skills on stage?” I thought to myself. He did crack some jokes which I think got more laughs compared to some of comedians I know(*side eye*). And yes, we watched him cook for some minutes but through a live feed.
Fast-forward to the part I’ve been itching to talk about. One word, immodesty!
Chai. Immodesty Blaize, burlesque dancer from the UK thrilled the audience with some sensual dance moves. I think she practically went unclad on stage. I could feel the cold hard stares from ladies who obviously can’t risk having their man snatched by this ‘Oyingbo’ lady. Thank God I didn’t bring my kid brother along. But one thing’s for sure – She definitely set the mood for the lingerie show that came after.
The event was hosted by Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere and Hollywood Actor and Comedian, Bill Bellamy who apparently understood the crowd as the white boring jokes I expected to hear was abandoned backstage.
And then came Waje! Waje has officially been declared the best female vocalist in Nigeria. Gosh! Her voice is killing. My favourite performance is her cover of Â Beyonce’s ‘Love on Top‘. She hit the right notes that i was beginning to imagine why she hasn’t gotten a Grammy Award nomination alongside the likes of Â Adele. You’ve got to love Waje!
Johnny Gill‘s performance was naturally, the high point of the night. From the get-go, he proved one thing to the adoring crowd. He Still Has It!!!Â The (old) New Edition moves, beautifully performed songs from his days with New Edition, LSG, and his solo album rounding off the evening with, you guessed it!, MY, My, My!
By then, he’d mingled with the crowd, whipped out flowers, and serenaded poor, defenseless Nigerian ladies. Johnny Gill? They didn’t stand a chance!
But to be honest, the celebrity who made by evening was DJ Spinall. No, he didn’t perform but he treated guests to popular old school jams which had me rocking and shuffling for almost 30minutes. I wish it didn’t have to end.
PS: Welcome to the special segment dedicated to the food. How do you call a soup prepared by an Italian chef which tastes like fresh fish banga soup? That was the first course meal. The other courses were also tasty and finger-licking good. I had just 3-courses though and ate only what I knew. Can’t spend the next day cooped up in the toilet because of ButterScotch. No thanks!
Thumbs up to everyone who put together this unforgettable event. I’ll definitely be there for the next edition!
Photo Credit: StudioMO Photography