Take Over Tour Abuja 2016 might have come and gone but memories of the premium lifestyle event linger on. The first of its kind tour in Abuja which held from September 25th, 2016 to October 9th, 2016 at three different locations in Abuja on three Sundays back to back boasted an exciting line-up which included established and emerging talents from Abuja and North such as Morell, LK Kuddy, Tony Wenom, 4Reign, Priceless, i$ick, Shortcut and many more. The host was no other than amiable OAP; Bigmo of Wazobia FM Abuja.
The tour which featured a blend of music, fashion, comedy and dance lived up to its aim of providing a platform for emerging talents from Abuja and North to showcase their craft and a gathering to meet, network, have fun, eat in a creative atmosphere as the best talents from Abuja and North were on display. This also reflected in the attendance at the various shows; the tour had in attendance artists and guests from several parts of the North (Jos, Kaduna, Minna, Keffi, Kano), there were also artists who flew in from Lagos to showcase their talents on the platform.
The shows were well attended. The first show held on Sunday, 25th of September 2016 at Playhouse Paintball and Lounge, City Park, Wuse 2, Abuja and it was exciting for the attendees. The venue had a bar, an open cage meant for paintball and beautiful tents scattered around. Gyros2grill and Classic Rock Coffee Company were among the vendors that participated. Morell was the star act and he lit the venue with an electric performance, bringing the entire crowd to a frenzy as he performed his hit songs back to back. The happy crowd reciprocated the love by cheering him all through. He ended his performance with fans favourite ‘Bugatti’ which he came down from the stage to perform and was mobbed by the crowd. In his usual fashion of extending love and support to upcoming acts, before exiting the stage he introduced the crowd to some emerging rappers; Kiid-Pro, Precy Young and Mr. Flex who had joined him on stage during his performance. The crowd also enjoyed performances from ace comedian Shortcut, Tony Wenom and Green Label Entertainment artist; 4Reign.
The second show held on Sunday, 2nd of October 2016 at Corteland Garden, Karu; in the outskirts of town boasting of a large population. A beautiful sunny day changed its face and the rains came down immediately after stage, sound and lighting were set. In the spirit of moving forward against all odds on which the tour is built on, one artist still got to perform while guests who had taken shelter inside the bar and tents around the venue watched and applauded from their stands.
The grand-finale of Take Over Tour Abuja held on Sunday, October 9th 2016 at Sandralia Hotel, Jabi, Abuja. It was a memorable ending to the 3-day event. It boasted of a great technical set-up; a large screen at the centre of the stage acted as backdrop, adding colour to the already colourful venue which had a pool in the middle and seats arranged in style, there were beautiful lighting of different colours all around the venue, and the sound was loud, audible and clear. The beauty of the grand-finale was not just in its ambience but in the quality of the guests from all walks of life who attended. The green carpet which was covered by Arewa24 Channel, Hot FM Abuja, Abuja Pikin TV and Gafiligadoki TV was also a site to behold.
The highlight of the night was the performance of Green Label Entertainment artist 4Reign who stormed the stage with his dancer and hypeman delivering his soon to be released single “Robo Style” to the delight of the crowd. There was also a fashion exhibition and runway and the models were bold enough to walk over a board placed across two lengths of the swimming pool area. The male models were styled by MCK Couture while the female models were styled by rising fashion couture Hoola House. The make-up was done by top Abuja make-up outfit JM’s Brush. Razarch of Emagination Studios handled the graphic design of the entire event.
In an interview with the Event Coordinator; Mr. Trevor Amusa, he had this to say: “We are grateful to God for the success of this event which took several months of planning. I am happy we made the impact we set out to make despite the fact we had no sponsors. On the tour several emerging talents were discovered: MC Toothpick, EhdyBlaq, Vanviki, Priceless, Yung Boss to name a few. Take Over Tour is all about giving talents a platform to showcase their craft and to take entertainment to local communities and we at Green Label Entertainment are happy to have embarked on this journey and we look forward to doing it again and again.”
Top Abuja and Northern media and entertainment personalities were in attendance at the various shows. Worthy mentions include Mr. Solomon (Entertainment Editor, Leadership Newspaper), Nomiis Gee of Arewa24 TV Channel, Mr. Kingsley Amafibe (CEO Peace Achievers Award/Miss Ambassador for Peace Pageant), Hon. Ejiro Okpihwo (CEO Most Beautiful Girl in Abuja), Theo Godson (CEO Theo Godson Company), Prince Frank (CEO Don Fizo Records), Mazi Chinedu Romeo (CEO 41Naija Entertainment), Emma Bricks (CEO Brickswrites), popular On-Air-Personality and Comedian Nick B and MC Bob.
The tour lived up to expectations; it boasted of a quality crowd, the technical set up at all the venues (sound, light, stage) was impressive and the artists who graced the Take Over Tour stage also held their own. What the project lacked was sponsors to actualize its goals, the impact was made nevertheless.