Ever wondered what would happen if a comedy heavyweight like Alibaba could launch your new year in style? What would happen if more than 15 of Nigeria’s foremost music artists came together with the crème de la crème of the Nigerian comedy scene under one roof for one fabulous evening of top class entertainment? You can now find out with the introduction of the Alibaba January 1stConcert.
On January 1st, 2015 at Eko Hotel’s Eko Convention Centre, Lagos from 4pm, Nigerian comedy royalty such as Okey Bakassi, AY, Helen Paul, Lepacious Bose, Seyi Law, Owen Gee, Gbenga Adeyinka, Basorge Tariah, Teju Babyface, Tee-A, Funny Bone, Bovi, Akpororo, Yaw and Koffi will meet with frontline music stars including Oritsefemi, Yemi Alade, Omawumi, D’banj and his DKM crew, Timaya, Harrysong, Jaywon, May D, Black Magic, Sound Sultan and Tunde Ednut for one evening of electrifying entertainment.
Aside from musical performances and stand-up routines, 12 comedians will review 12 major events of 2014, while 12 comedians will roast/toast 12 selected personalities, all done from various unexpected and humorous angles with the typically razor sharp wit of acts like Akpororo and Bovi coming to the fore.
There will also be an award show for eight Nigerians who are pioneers in their fields as well as recognition and scholarships for outstanding students.
Alibaba had this to say about the show, “It is a family event that will become an annual occurrence in addition to being a first of its kind in the industry, being that it falls on January 1 – a day traditionally free of work and major events in Lagos.
The Alibaba January 1st concert will be a class-defining act and an evening of premium entertainment.”
Born Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere in Warri, Delta State, Alibaba graduated with a degree in Religious Studies & Philosophy from the then Bendel State University, Ekpoma in 1990.
Having discovered his comic talent in University, he relocated to Lagos where he began his career with corporate events, appearing on TV and radio shows with Patrick Doyle, Bisi Olatilo, Charly Boy, Soni Irabor and others.
In 1993, he registered his company and has since been focused on ensuring that the negative perception of comedians changed and that they are respected as professionals.
He has performed locally and internationally with several awards and honours to his name.