Something just was not ticking right on the night.
You see, the issue of African time is actually one of our biggest problems in Nigeria. It is eating deep into our very existence as humans.
For an event which was slated for 8pm to have started at 10:30 pm, it was clear that as usual, people who got there two hours earlier had to kill time with strolls around Eko Hotel to see its architecture and flowers.
Meanwhile, to secure good seats, guests began to arrive for the second edition of Bovi‘s Man on Fire at 7:30pm. They were asked to queue in order to begin the check in process. One lady whispered, ‘I left my house at Akute at about 4pm because I don’t want to miss this show, I love Bovi so much, I hope it will be worth it.’
Guests were eventually ushered in at 8:30 and save for a few celebrities like Julius Agwu, Adunni Ade, Mofe Duncan, Bryan Okwara and a few others who graced the red carpet, it is safe to say that celebrities shunned the show.
The interior of the Eko Convention Centre were beautifully set, with luxury bottles on the VIP tables proof that Bovi was prepared to take guests on some ecstasy.
Eventually, after waiting for two hours, mother luck smiled on the enthusiastic guests and the show began at 10:30p.m.
The first set of performances came from a set of twin girls who were partly successful in delivering their lines, however, their green cut outfits with black underpants were able to keep the guys glued.
Next were comedians Ominiaho, Myro and Slk Comedy, who tried to shake off fatigue from people’s faces. No doubt they had rib cracking jokes which were spot on.
The moment we had been waiting for however came upon us, Basketmouth mounted the stage to usher in the man of the night, but even he seemed a little disconnected from the audience.
Everyone has their days, and this is one comedian who can arguably fill up the biggest hall in England with shows, even make the Queen beg for a ticket to his show (remember that epic skit in February?) but the crowd actually deserved more, at least for the wasted hours waiting.
It was understandable, though, Basketmouth may not have wanted to outshine his friend, Bovi, so his performance on Saturday may be excused.
He however proceeded to call RMD on stage and the ladies went wild. the duo had a quite a synergy. Thankfully, the crowd had a good laugh from that.
Then Bovi finally came on stage amidst cheers from the audience. He was dressed in a black sequined jacket and had a cigarette in his hand. He explained that ace actor, RMD advised him to put on the clothes.
Bovi successfully eluded some touchy issues such as rape and the Big Brother housemates, knowing that the media was out like lions looking for prey.
Still there was something that not ticking. The jokes from the man on fire were not like those ones he served us with in 2014. There were moments we got bored.
Perhaps it started from the beginning of the show, when a skit featuring the comedian and two ladies who wanted to commit suicide was shown.
For a moment, it was a great idea, but I felt suicide was an issue that was too serious to be joked with, especially with the myriad of cases that have been coming up lately.
At a few minutes after 2a.m, Bovi, who had performed for more than an hour, took a bow and left the stage abruptly.
The crowd gave a standing ovation as he left the stage. But people looked confused as if needing more jokes from the comedian. The man on fire was not coming back, though, and then it had dawned on us that the fire of the night was not exactly what we wanted. No, it was not.
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