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Showers of rain could not deter the attendance by a multitude that thronged the MTN Golden Plaza Building, at Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos, on May 17. The winners of the ‘MTN I Don Port Dance Contest’ prize presentation entertained the teeming crowd with their innovative versions of the Saka (Hafiz Oyetoro) portability advert which is making waves throughout the country, both on traditional and social media.
Solutions Group came first in the contest, followed by Dance Afrique, while Treasure Hunters came third and Amast Group came fourth. Other winners are Dancer Boys all the way from Enugu, BOT from Calabar, Esut Boys from Enugu, Numero Uno from Lagos and Mob “C” Group amongst so many from different parts of the country.
Lagos-based Solutions Group may have come first but Dance of Afrique stole the spotlight as Obi Olivia, the group’s leader, was emotional after her group came second as she confessed “I am so happy, I don’t even know what to say, I want to thank MTN, they don’t know how much they have touched my life and those of my group members”.
The crowd went wild when Saka stepped on the stage to show the contestants how it’s done, swinging his arms and dancing to the melody of the music while backing the audience but immediately the song got to the point where he turned to face the crowd, the environment erupted with screams of excitement and no invitation was needed anymore as it became every man and woman for him or herself on the dancehall trying to replicate Saka’s ‘I Don Port’ dance steps.
As the event was ongoing the Chief Marketing Officer, MTN, Larry Annetts, found space to say “You can see the large crowd of young and creative people here who love MTN enough as to do so much with the brands advert, this has never happened before, it’s a first and we appreciate this passion for MTN. From all over Nigeria, we can never say thank you enough. It takes great love and passion to do what they have been doing these past weeks”.