The Thrills, Frills Of Love Like A Movie 3
With what went down at the Love Like A Movie 3 held on Sunday, at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, it’s obvious that the show has come to stay. With America’s Ciara as headliner, the love concert initiated by Dare Art Alade, rocked the city of Lagos to the roots, as fun lovers thronged the venue to join in the groove that lasted into the early hours of the following day.
From the car park to the main hotel lobby, the atmosphere was frenzy, as guests hurried to exchange their invitation cards with the official wristbands that give access into the Convention Centre. While those with regular tags were ushered in through the side lobby, VIP guests joined in the special cocktail at the black carpet section. You need to see paparazzi boys, as they struggled for vantage positions to get the scenes on lens.
Notable among stars that strutted the black carpet include Ciara, who got tongues wagging, as she stepped out in her see-through blouse; she practically teased the imagination of onlookers showing off her fit bod.
Others include the host Darey, Toke Makinwa, Dr Sid, Ladiva Millen, Yemi Alade, Bovi, Mai Atafo, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Ini Edo, Zainab Balogun, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Victor Olaotan, Destiny Amaka and others.
Though other American music stars had visited the country before now, Ciara’s visit, her second time in Nigeria, seems to have received general acceptance from fans, who were amazed at her humility and love for Nigeria. Unlike others, who would be in a haste to get off the stage and hit the airport back home, Ciara was at home in Lagos and she obviously enjoyed herself; the look on her face said it all.
Aside from Darey, who used the platform to sample his latest works to the audience, other Nigerian music artistes such as Olamide, Yemi Alade, South Sultan, Adekunle Gold, Smi, Omawumi, Blacky, Styl-Plus, Vector and others were on the bill to thrill the audience with Naija vibes. But somehow, it was Ciara everyone wanted to see. As expected, she left everyone asking for more.
Alongide her energetic dancers, the Grammy award winner brought the house down, as the audience received an unexpected treat they will remember for a long time. But shortly after completing her final performance of the night, the R&B superstar invited Nigerian dance queen Kaffy onstage to teach her some popular Nigerian dance moves.
For the next three minutes, the auditorium recorded its loudest noise of the night as Kaffy taught Ciara and her backup dancers how to dance to Iyanya’s Kukere, Tekno’s Duro and Olamide’s Bobo to the wild delight of the crowd. When it was over, the crowd screamed for more as Ciara reluctantly made her exit after leaving a huge impression on everyone.
Coming a few months after the release of his critically acclaimed album Naked, the third edition of Love Like A Movie also saw a Naked Photo Exhibition featuring photography inspired by the album theme, from the super talented trio of Kelechi Amadi Obi, TY Bello and Yetunde Babaeko.
It would be recalled that last year’s edition of the show was unable to hold owing to the shift in general election dates. But while breaking the news for this year’s show, Darey said, “The long wait is over! Love Like A Movie 3 is everything you’ve dreamed and more! We’re building new worlds and exploring some very interesting concepts.”
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