The right jockey never cracks the turntable. He knows how to tweak the stylus in tuneful measure, every deft move making up a perfect part of the melodic mix. You could liken the influential and well-connected publisher of Ovation International Magazine, Bashorun Dele Ojutelegan Momodu to the proverbial disc jockey (DJ) whose dexterity lures the Lagos party crowd to the dance floor.
The publisher who certainly understands the intricacies and demands of his role; like the practiced jockey, he knows what to add and what to leave out in his melodic mix of thrill and funfare as the coastal smart city Eko celebrated another edition of Ovation Carol and award proudly supported by the Iya Alaadura of the Universe, Rev. Esther Ajayi.
The carol which was held at Eko Hotels was honored by political big wigs, captains of industry, the la creme la creme and socialites in Nigeria and Africa at large rolled out their party drums as they shuffle and nod to the liveliest and most delightful musical tunes. No doubt, Dele has turned it to a permanent fixture in the entertainment annual calendar.
Three notable Nigerians where inducted into Ovation hall of fame . According to Bob D, it’s important to celebrate Nigerians and Africans who has achieved extraordinary feats in their chosen careers. The inductees were Sir. Shina Peters the founder of Nigerian juju music, Sunmi Smart Cole, born in September 25th, 1941, in Port Harcourt, of Nigerian-Sierra Leonean parentage, is known for his versatility and the range of his interests and Wale Adebanwi a Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and the Director of the African Studies Centre, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, and Fellow of St Antony’s College. The three outstanding personalities with remarkable achievements were inducted into Ovation hall of fame.
The climax of this year’s edition was the performances of A-list artiste such as Burna Boy, Olamide,Rema, Fireboy, Onyeka Owenu, Teni, Rudeboy, Testimony and a host of many others. With comedian, Okay Bakassi behind the microphone, there was no dull moment and the tempo of the event went octaves higher when reigning indigenous lyricist, Burna Boy and Olamide took the stage. Seguing from his early to latest hits, the singer ensured he made many men discard their agbada while the women did away with their stilettoes as they danced without inhibitions to his music.