L-R Efe Omorogbe, 2face, Niyola and Iyadunni Gbadebo during Eargasm press conference

Demola Ojo

For years, the Eko Convention Centre has been the venue for the biggest shows in the country. This is bound to continue, but with a subtle difference. Eko Hotels and Suites are moving from just leasing out the Convention Centre to hosting their own events. There were a couple of dry runs last year. The successful results mean Eko is going all out with plans to hold the biggest and most colourful shows this year.

First off the mill is Eargasm, a collaboration between the hotel and Buckwyld Media Network. Described as “An evening of classic renditions and pleasant surprises,” Eargasm features a collection of Nigerian artistes renowned especially for their vocal skills and live performances. Their brief is to gratify the desires of music lovers and couples during Valentine’s.

According to EfeOmorogbe of Buckwyld, the artiste line-up includes arguably the biggest name in game in 2face, the hottest kid on the block (Tekno) and everything in-between. These include Timi Dakolo, Adekunle Gold, Yinka Davies, Niyola, Kelly Hansome, Acetune and Chord.Golden oldie Sir Shina Peters is also on the bill, as well as DJ Neptune, the comedian, Bovi and a surprise guest act.

According to 2face, Eargasm will be different from all other events this month because it will be classy and “like the name suggests, ear-blowing.”Omorogbe further explained that Buckwyld’s concerts are unique in the way they are scripted. Eargasm is expected to be one mind-blowing experience – like an enthralling movie – rather than a collection of individual performances.

Red Chinese restaurant Eko Hotel

But Eko’s promise of an orgasmic experience does not end with Saturday’s (February 11) concert. Rather, it is the precursor to a Valentine weekend that climaxes with a themed evening across six restaurants within the hotel on February 14.

Eko’s size and varied offerings mean you could be “transported” to a country of your choice through different culinary experiences available at the hotel. The Sky Restaurant is a fusion of French and Asian cuisine, the Grill Steakhouse is American, Red Restaurant is Chinese, Crossroads is Mexican, 1415 restaurant at Eko Signature is Italian, while the Lagoon Breeze restaurant offers continental dishes.

Each restauranthas special Valentine deals unique to them with prices from just under N40,000 to N250,000. They range from buffet-style candlelight dinner for two by the pool, to in-room dining at Signature with a butler on hand. And everything in-between.

The common thread running through all restaurant packages include multiple-course candlelight dinner,complimentary glasses of wine or champagne (or in the case of Crossroads, free magaritas and tequilas) and probably the most exciting of all, a surprise gift for the lady.

Speaking on what promises to bea few days of sonorous music, rich international cuisines and purpose-crafted accommodation, Eko Hotel’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Iyadunni Gbadebo added, “We have the Spa and they have put together something beautiful for Valentine’s. We are going to have room packages available with massages. It will fun. We advise couples to book ahead.”