It wasn’t an overflowing crowd (at least compared to Olamide’s OLIC 2), and unlike Kim Kardashian in 2013, Ciara did spend more than 5 minutes on stage.
But did the show live up to the hype? Lets find out.
Ciara arrived Lagos on Friday. Her arrival calmed some fraying nerves and immediately she got to work, rehearsing for her D-Day performance.
Fast forward to ‘Show-time’, the show officially kicked off at 8:35pm and you could practically feel the anticipation to see Ciara’s performance permeate through the auditorium. Will she kill it? How many songs will she perform? Hope she won’t pull a Kim Kardashian on us? These and more were questions and thoughts audible in the audience.
While the audience awaited Ciara’s grand entry, Nigerian acts, Sammy, Sound Sultan, Ruby Gyang and Darey Art Alade himself did a good job warming up the crowd with beautiful performances.
Truth be told, the concert delivered on all fronts. It clearly had amazing planning, good use of lights, clear sound, amazing costumes, brilliant use of space and pure artistic genius and delivery. Just so you know, Darey performed one of his songs with a Str!pper and a pole (and she was pretty good).
At 9:41 pm the moment of truth came upon us…. lo and behold it was Ciara all the way from Atlanta, Georgia and for the next 22 minutes, she performed, danced, entertained and left us wanting more at 10:03pm.
As the show moved on, and murmurs of ‘At least Ciara tried!’, ‘She performed for a long time!’, ‘She killed it!’ filled the audience, little did we know she was coming back on stage!
At 10:58pm, Ciara return for her second spell on stage and you can bet she saved the best for the last. For another 26 minutes, Ciara won hearts, wriggled, danced, enjoyed herself and the moment she called Nigerian dance queen, Kaffy on stage to teach her Nigerian dance steps was electrifying.
Ciara danced the famous ‘Etighi’ to Iyanya’s ‘Kukere’, danced to Olamide’s ‘Shakiti Bobo’ and Tekno’s ‘Duro’. These moments were priceless!
If you are a true fan of Ciara, you would have definitely experienced a satisfaction of Org*smic proportions. And yes… I’ll definitely want to see Ciara in Nigeria again!