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DJ Enimoney’s Tour didn’t hold in Funaab. While many schools benefitted from DJ Enimoney’s repertoire and the retinue of top notch artistes he was able to bring in, sadly, Funaab missed out. Not many students noticed though, probably we all were boggled down by the religious and academic activities that startled us last month May, but a section of the students observed the show which was billed to take place last month didn’t just happen.

Before school resumed for the session, graphics were already flying over social media about the show, partners and deals were sealed and all parties involved were gearing up for what could be the greatest music concert to be held in Funaab in the last five years.

And what consequences this could have for future music shows that would hold in Funaab.

DJ Enimoney’s Tour didn’t hold in Funaab. While many schools benefitted from DJ Enimoney’s repertoire and the retinue of top notch artistes he was able to bring in, sadly, Funaab missed out. Not many students noticed though, probably we all were boggled down by the religious and academic activities that startled us last month May, but a section of the students observed the show which was billed to take place last month didn’t just happen.

Before school resumed for the session, graphics were already flying over social media about the show, partners and deals were sealed and all parties involved were gearing up for what could be the greatest music concert to be held in Funaab in the last five years.


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DJ Enimoney’s Tour poster for Funaab

Truth is many established acts have had the opportunity to come to Funaab, but no one has been able to shut down a venue before. Remember when Lil Kesh came in 2015, YAGI couldn’t fill half of Yakub. Kiss Daniel came in 2016, tickets had to be put out for free just to make the students attend, but was ceremonial building filled up to the brim?
Or have we all forgotten Reekado Banks Thank You Concert that had less than 500 studentsin attendance despite the array of top notch acts(Wale Turner, Mr 2Kay, D’prince) that came?

Reekado Banks performed to a scanty crowd at Ceremonial building in 2017
hat Happened? 
The same excuse we’ve been associated with…Funaabites are not social.

However, we all were looking forward to DJ Enimoney’s Tour for a nice timeout.
With the Wobey sound still on at the max level, we were sure DJ Enimoney was coming with the creators of the Shaku Shaku Wave and having been briefed about that students are not moved by average artistes, DJ Enimoney made it known he was coming with the originators of the wobey sound. Idowest and Slimcase were confirmed for Funaab and alongside the two YBNL acts, Limerick and Lyta coupled with Lil Kesh, Ceremonial building was billed for a shutdown.

Then, All of a sudden, Hopes were dashed! The Tour was cancelled.

Funaab didn’t just missed the chance, the students also did. Everyone from the creators, facilitators of this event down to the students and upcoming artistes missed out on a crucial chance to witness a performance from some of Nigeria’s best entertainers. The timing was right, a few weeks into the semester, the tickets were affordable and ceremonial building was scheduled for a shutdown.

But it failed to hold. Why? The SUG, Your SUG, Our SUG!

Surprised the SUG is involved in this? For the first time since last year when Mayorkun came to JAO3, we were having a grand event at a very high standard.

The official media partner, Ogbeni Opa, a social media influencer and brand promoter sums it up

“The SUG wanted a share of the gate fees and since they were the paramount students’ body, we obliged. Thing is other students’ unions in other schools that the Tour held didn’t even ask for a dime.

After agreeing on the cut, the SUG social secretary didn’t show readiness in helping the team to secure the proposed venue. And with the school strict with the use of ceremonial building for social activities, running the proposal through the SUG would help propel the cause but the social sec wasn’t forthcoming and since the event was just weeks away, and putting other factors into consideration, we decided to cancel it.”

All efforts to reach the SUG Social Secretary to hear his side of the story has been met with a brickwall as he said he’s busy. Calls to Spicey have received no response as the time of this story.

“The SUG wanted a share of the gate fees and since they were the paramount students’ body, we obliged. Thing is other students’ unions in other schools that the Tour held didn’t even ask for a dime.”— Ogbeni Opa.

There’s a reason why it’s a disappointment for Funaab and its music creators. We missed out on a chance to see these artistes perform live in our own dormitory. We’ve always been wasting data streaming videos on YouTube watching them perform. Now they had the chance to come. Imagine the “G boys” singing to Lyta’s Time or the wild screams that will be heard when Lil Kesh performs Baby Favour to the ladies. This was the Music Industry coming down to us. We missed a lifetime opportunity and we continue to bear the stigma “Funaab Students are not social”

DJ Enimoney having fun with the students of TASUED

This would be a signal to other artistes thinking of holding a tour around schools.
“Don’t go to Funaab, you would run at a loss”.

While schools like Unilag, Uniben and UI often experience the best talents in the industry coming down to their schools, it just seems we are content listening to them from our phones. We might never have any top notch artistes coming to Funaab. Can Reekado Banks ever think of coming to Funaab again? Lil Kesh didn’t even fill half of Yakub. We might just continue to have deadbeat artistes coming for our SUG night. We might just have Skuki and DJ Zeez coming back again.

DJ Zeez and Skuki performing at GTCrea8 concert in 2017

I felt disappointed not only for the students but for the upcoming artistes who missed out on a special opportunity. It was certain Funaab artistes would open the stage for these guys and also perform at certain intervals. These artistes would have been impressed by the performance of our own guys. We could have secured a Hamydgrey X Idowest feature or a Bernito and Limerick collaboration.

There are concerns that there will be repercussions as a result of the failure of the event to hold. But the bigger worry is that it will not be limited to the students alone. The fear holds that such occurrences will potentially spill over into future dealings between The SUG and Nigerian artistes and by extension, these artistes might not want to explore the Funaabmarket.

Overall, I’m disappointed. Everyone is disappointed. The Slay Mamas who had hoped to follow some of these artistes into their hotel rooms were disappointed. The upcoming artistes missed out on a chance to showcase their music to the established acts. Some of us missed out on an experience with Otunba Lamba, Slimcase. While majority missed out on the opportunity to take a selfie with some of these acts.

Source: Funaab Juice


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