When you think of Olamide ,what comes to mind is a youngster who epitomizes talent, diligence and hard work. His rise to the top isn’t just inspiring, but worth emulating. The way Olamide continually appeals to the street, his primary constituency speaks of a King who has won the heart of his people.
Olamide Live In Concert 3 a.k.a OLIC #3 was held last night at the Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, and it was a total departure from the soaring successes recorded from the previous two editions.
It was announced on Christmas day via OLIC’s social media handle that the tickets for regular has been sold out. One would expect that since it had been sold out, on the day of the event tickets won’t be sold. This wasn’t the case as tickets were still being sold at the venue. The capacity of the hall wasn’t big enough for the crowd who were enthusiastically waiting to have a taste of the self-proclaimed baddo .
For an event of this magnitude, Eko Hotel Convention Centre is a bad venue choice. The hotel does not have the capacity to house an army of more than one thousand youths ready to have fun to the max. Some individuals bought tickets and they were told they couldn’t go in because they were out of tags.
In addition, some of the concert attendees had to leave the hall because it was rowdy and stuffy. In anger, another set of attendees had to forego their ticket money and went back home because they couldn’t get tags after paying for the tickets.
The treatment meted out to the media is also one of the blind-spots of the show. A large number of cameramen, VJs and producers couldn’t get into the hall after hosting OLIC’s red carpet moments. They had the media tags, but the bouncers didn’t allow them in.
Outside of the hall was a show on its own. There were massive cases of stolen phones and personal valuables at the event. The insecurity experienced yesterday shouldn’t have come to play, if the organizers had planned properly. When your event becomes a menace, then it speaks of the premium you place on your fans.
Olamide has obviously outgrown this level. His ‘Glory’ needs to be spread to bigger venues and the planning needs to reflect this status.