Raymond Ozoji, Awka
It was a night of thousand laughs at Stanel Christmas Music and Comedy night as conviviality and razzmatazz rent the air on Wednesday night while the likes of Rude Boy, 2Face Idibia, Acapella, Funny Bone, popular Nollywood Actor Harry B and a host of other acts thrilled the audience who feasted their eyes on the celebrities as they took turns to ensure that there was never a dull moment during the high-powered concert.
Top governnent functionaries, business moguls, Stanley Uzochukwu, CEO Stanel World as well as the state Commissioner for Tourism, Culture, Diaspora Affairs and Indigenous Arts, Barr. Sally Uwechue Mbanefo, were live at the concert, danced to the rhythm of the music as well as excited themselves to the rib cracking jokes from ace comedians Funny Bone and Acapella. It was indeed a night of thousand laughs at Stanel World Awka, Anambra state.
Although the show was one of the activities slated for the second edition of Anambra Home-Coming Festivals initiated by Barr. Sally Uwechue Mbanefo, commissioner for tourism, culture, diaspora affairs and indigenous arts, the entire event was epoc-making as fun-seekers had ample time to make merry and also made it a night to remember while absorbing undiluted entertainment in gratitude to Stanel World and Anambra State Government respectively.
Harry B, Rude Boy, 2Face, Funny Bone, Acapella, other performing acts including Stanel Musical Group, all gave their very best to ensure that Ndi-Anambra had undiluted fun at the concert.
Speaking with our correspondent during the concert, Barr. Sally Mbanefo said the Christmas concert was a collaboration between STANEL Group, Access Bank PLC and the Anambra State Government.
Mbanefo said the essence was to showcase Anambra to the rest of the world as it relates to its potentials, industry as well as the tranquil atmosphere in the state, noting that the whole idea is embedded in what she mentioned as Home-Coming Festival and that series of activities have been lined up for that purpose.
According to the commissioner, “Everybody must notice Anambra state. The Governor is a silent achiever and he has done so much for the state too numerous to mention. We will have our Raggae Festival, Mmanwu Festival and a host of other events, all encapsulated in our Home-Coming Festivals being championed by the Anambra State Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Diaspora Affairs and Indigenous Arts.
“Umuobiligbo and Flavour will come up 29th December, we have Davido at Nnewi on 2nd January while Flavour takes the centrestage on 3rd January, 2020, together with other activities for our people coming home from Diaspora and near.
“Last year we launched the maiden edition of homecoming festival where we upgraded facilities and launched tourism sites. We also honoured Nollywood actors of repute like Pete Edochie and Bob Manuel Udokwu, who was also part of the production for ‘Things Fall Apart’ drama presented by university students.”
Mbanefo further disclosed that the state would also hold her annual palm-wine festival and native food exhibitions as well as many other cultural activities, noting that the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Diaspora Affairs and Indigenous Arts would continue to initiate programmes and activities aimed at promoting and showcasing Anambra’s rich cultural heritage and traditional values to the entire world, so that other nations could tap into the tourism potentials of the state.