Seyi Tinubu, Dada Olusegun and other leaders of the youth arm of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held the nation spellbound on Thursday, May 25, with a successful youth concert that thrilled millions of young Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.
Tagged the Renewed Hope Unity Concert, the event took place at the Velodrome of the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja with over 8000 youths in attendance while millions more joined in through live broadcast on major networks, including terrestrial, cable, and digital media stations.
Asake, Fireboy DML, Wande Coal, Ado Gwanja, Seyi Vibez, Chuddy K were some of the artists that thrilled the attendees into the early hours of Friday, causing a palpable shift in the mood of the nation, particularly that of young Nigerians, to a celebratory one as the country counts down to the official swearing-in of the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The former Lagos governor, who received the country’s highest civilian honour of GCFR earlier on Thursday, sent the crowd into a frenzy with an appearance alongside the Vice President-Elect, Senator Kashim Shettima, and other key government officials including Speaker Gbajabiamila, Governor Yahaya Bello, FCT Minister of State Hajia Ramatu, Hon James Faleke, and others.
According to the organizers, the concert was staged to offer young Nigerians who contributed to the triumph of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu an opportunity to come together to celebrate his historic victory, while also joining forces with young Nigerians of different political persuasions who are encouraged to move on from the divisiveness of the election and play their parts as citizens in ensuring the success of the next administration.
Zinoleesky, Skales, Q-dot, Konga, KCEE, Woli Arole, 9ice, Waje, Brymo, Bella Shmurda, Iyanya, Small Doctor, Young John, Timaya, Ice Prince, Seyi Vibez, Buju, Pasuma Wonder and Naira Marley were some of the other A-listers who shook the venue and the country with their performance on the night.
The concert became the number one trending topic in the entire country, a remarkable development obvious in its apex position on the trend charts of leading social media platforms such as Twitter. For many, it raised the standards for youth entertainment in the country given its perfect execution from the stage to the lineup of artists, media coverage, food and drinks, accommodation offered to attendees from different parts of the country, and other goodies.
Others claimed that it gave an inkling of what is to come in the Tinubu-administration as many young Nigerians got their hopes renewed at the event by winning brand new cars (6), smartphones (over 100), power banks (over 5000) and other prizes handed out as souvenirs and during a raffle draw.
People living with disabilities also got brand new wheelchairs and walking aids courtesy of the central organizing committee led by Seyi Tinubu.
The nation’s next first son led the initiative for the event and he was supported by prominent youth figures such as Dada Olusegun who yet again proved his mettle at the event by coordinating execution efforts as the Committee’s Secretary. He also personally led thousands of youths to the event, further underscoring his strength as a young politician.
With days to another democratic transition of power in the country, the excitement level has been revved up by the event and young Nigerians are expressing greater optimism about the capacity and commitment of the next president Bola Tinubu to enable their success and complete the restoration of the country’s glory.