I know OLIC took place 4 months ago, but this is one of them “better-late-than-never” reviews. I feel like I’d be doing you all a disservice by not posting anything about the concert. In fact, I’ve had so many people reach out with statements like “ahh I saw you on TV and you were really rocking at OLIC”. Of course I was really rocking at OLIC! The concert was SUPERB!!!
Ever since my trek-of-life experience during D’banj’s 2012 koko concert I’d steered clear of Naija concerts. The whole koko concert experience was too poor and just completely sucked away any atom of interest I had in seeing our artists perform.
Anyway, fast forward to December, 2015. My sister had free tickets to OLIC, which was to take place at Eko hotel. I was forming “I’m not goingggg. These people will use me to catch trips” but was finally convinced to tag along. And I’m glad I didn’t miss out ‘cuz OLIC IS THE BEST CONCERT I’ve ever been to in Nigeria!
What I liked about OLIC:
1) Super organized! – From getting into the venue to finding our seats and enjoying the concert, it was pretty evident that the organizers were pretty organized! Every break was filled with really good music and the artist line-up and transition from one act to the next appeared flawless. There was never a time during the concert that I was thinking “errr ok what’s happening now?”.
2) Wide array of stars – If you didn’t attend any other concerts in 2014 and only went to OLIC, you’d have seen almost all (if not all) the artists you’d have wanted to. From Basket Mouth to Wizkid, Phyno, Davido, Oritse Femi, Patroranking and even Pasuma, almost everyone who is anyone in the Naij music industry performed at OLIC. And the artists didn’t just perform; they brought it! As in ehhh, I was too impressed!
3) Olamide was on fire!!!…Throughout the night! – I was like “where is all this energy coming from?!?”. Even though I didn’t understand most of the songs he performed, I found myself dancing or nodding along and really appreciated his energy.
What could have been better:
1) The food!! – So we had small chops and drinks at our table, and the spring-rolls appeared to have been filled with yam..where they do that at?!?
2) The set-up – Overall, I don’t think the set-up was too bad, however I think it could have been a little better. Here’s why:
The reallllll ride or die Olamide fans were barricaded and in a different section which was further away from the stage. So Olamide had to keep going to the right section of the stage to try and connect with those folks who were the ones singing along in yoruba and going crazy (and probably giving him all that extra energy), while folks in my section just nodded from time to time.
Folks in my section be like:
I understand ticket prices drive concert sitting, however, It’d have been good if the ride-or-die fans were closer…enough that Olamide could easily connect with them without having to be in a corner of the stage!
Overall, I’ve gotta give props to the organizers of OLIC, Achievas Entertainment/Right Entertainment. The organizers were so excited by the success of their show and you could tell they put in a whole lotta work! One of the organizers during the closing speech even highlighted that OLIC was the first event ever that folks in the VIP section of the hall actually stood up to dance!!
Big shoutout to Olamide as well. I’m not a huge fan, but my respect for him and his music definitely skyrocketed after I attended OLIC. Shoutout to all the artists who performed, including the 2 dudes that free-styled in yoruba and had the crowd go wilddddd! Even as I don’t understand Yoruba, I was still feeling their rhythm and flow! To all the artists that performed – you guys killed it!!! Thank you for bringing it!
OLIC was a hugeeee success in my opinion and I’d definitely attend another event planned by Achievas Entertainment/Right Entertainment.