By Ferdinand Ekechukwu
The success of Olamide’s second album after its release into the Nigeria music market on November 12 has been described as no small feat. It sold 500,000 copies in the first week of its entry. An achievement that reportedly got the self-proclaimed Young Erikina (wonder) elated, saying “I know the album was sold out massively when it was dropped on Monday and I am in the best of moods right now”.
Following this, an album release party came up on November 30, with the acronym YBNL –Yahoo Boy No Laptop – an expression inspired by Olamide’s thoughts on his way of life.
With a red carpet entry, Club Octopus Reloaded venue got rolling on a not too spectacular note, but by 10pm, the club in the Yaba neighbourhood of Lagos was already buzzing with guests and invitees who literally changed the complexion of the carpet to black; a signature colour of YBNL Nation team.
Such eye-catching sights ran alongside the gracious leverage, provided by Red & Axla the event management outfit (owned by Alexander Ikemefuna) that handled the YBNL album release party.
Not quite long after, the feel expected of such an event came alive on stage with the emergence of celebrities and stars in the music entertainment industry that had come to support and make the celebration memorable.
This scenario went a notch higher with the choice of Hennessy brand and other assorted wines served in good supply by the Octopus ownership, to the delight of the fully packed house.
Expectedly too were fans of indigenous hip hop music who had joined in the weekend spirit, mixing with party revellers. Night crawlers, who patronise the bar were also not left out. By this hour the Thank God it’s Friday (TGIF) spirit had already set in with DJ Mexzy and DJ BiG M spewing club banging hits that attracted many to the dance floor.
With poise the YBNL album release party got activated, giving a feel of the mix of music artists that turned out to power the night. Apart from popular faces, there were also hip hop artistes who were part of the YBNL album and Olamide did feature some of them in his 20 track record.
This gave balance to an evening brimming with the likes of Ill Bliss, DJ Zeez, Phenom, Clarence Peters, Chidinma, Samklef, with support performances from Dammy Krane, YQ, Phyno, Reminisce, Konga, and Skales. Olamide was still the cynosure of all eyes, and he opened with the “First of All” track from his YBNL album.
The “Eni Duro” and “Omo to Shan” hits maker also performed other club banging songs from his latest work. This left no one in doubt of his lyrical abilities.