The 2019 GHANA MEETS NAIJA has come and as usual we deserve the rights to get our pens and papers and analyze the ‘ifs’, ‘buts’, ‘could have beens’, ‘maybes’, and so on. This year’s event without an iota of doubt, from those we spoke with at the venue was not the kind of attendance we all expected but as for the faithfuls who made it to the Accra Conference Center, it was a privilege to be part of the ninth edition’s script.
We shall not seat here and say, “the night was all blushing” because it was glaring that the auditorium which for the past eight years has had overflows couldn’t ‘paint another amazing picture’. But what we can report in that vein is that we quickly ran a survey on, ‘why attendees did not turn up in their numbers?’
The question of affordability was on about 65% people’s lips. About 35% fumed at the choice of some of artistes that the organizer brought. “The system is tough, the rates were exuberant for the likes of musicians that Empire Entertainment brought to Ghana, this year”, one fan told Ytainment News on one of the conspicuous reasons for the low attendance.
In response to us, someone from the organizers told us that no one envisaged such turn out but their homework on every bit of the patrons’ concerns were going to start immediately after the event came to a dénouement.
Now that we have seen ‘that side of the coin’, let’s see ‘this side of the coin’ – we shall not be doing any form of justice if we don’t report that all the acts on the night gave their individual sterling performances full of oomph and enthusiasm. The audience was super fantastic as they sang along with all the words, dancing, exchanging energy with each act that took their turns.
We must tell that the backstage was arguably one of the most entertaining one as no-dull moments were witnessed.
SECURITY on the night was superb, on the hills and soaring. Organizers promised patrons from the onset that there was not going to be an issue, and on that pinpoint assurance, they kept their words.
For historians who will be reminding themselves of how the 2019 GHANA MEETS NAIJA auditorium didn’t get filled up to its brim – we identify with them; but need we also remind posterity that aside that hiccup, from start to finish, it was a ‘good show’, a jamboree that the multi-course menu for 2020 will end in a purring significance.