Beyonce Thrills Nigerians
â€œWe are here to demonstrate that good things can still work in Nigeria. We are here to show that if we work together we can score great goals and surpass unreachable targetsâ€¦â€?
Beyonce enthralled Nigerians with her singing of the countryâ€™s national anthem this past Saturday at a music Festival there.
"I am nervous,â€? the star said, before breaking out in her trademark dance moves. â€œI don't know how to begin this but I hope you people will help me by singing along," she said as the crowd waited.
The ecstatic members of the audience, most of who had anticipated that Beyonce was about to render one of her popular songs were dazed when she began, in her uniquely sonorous voice, to sing a familar tune: "Arise O Compatriots..." Some people in the audience moved to tears.
With the presence of many eminent Nigerians including President of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani, Lagos and Delta State Governors, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chief James Ibori respectively, many expressed surprise as to how she mastered the song. Said one senator "there can be no better advertisement for the country than what this young lady has done. I have never heard anyone sing our anthem like this. I hope the Ministry of Information will exploit it to boost the image of Nigeria abroad, this is a class act."
Other eminent personalities like Senator Udo Udoma, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Bayo Ojo, also expressed their delight. So did the Presidential Adviser on National Assembly, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa.
The Music Festival continued with Snoop Dog, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, King Sunny Ade, Weird MC, TuFace and Majek Fashek thrilling the crowd.
Like the first day of the festival, the mood was electrifying with crowd even more than they were on the opening day. Among the stars who performed before press time yesterday were, the son of the music icon, Seun Anikulapo-Kuti, Asha, Dare Art-Alade, Weird MC, Tuface Dibia, D. Banj and Busta Rhymes. D. Banj and Tuface Dibia thrilled the highly elated crowd with their popular tunes.
The governors and senators who came to the show with a retinue of aides rolled up their sleeves and put on their dancing shoes, encouraging the teeming audience to follow in their footsteps. Sharing his vision for a greater Nigeria, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman, Leaders and Company, publishers of THISDAY Newspapers, promoter of the show described his effort as an attempt to return Nigeria to the centre stage of world reckoning. â€œWe are here to demonstrate that good things can still work in Nigeria. We are here to show that if we work together we can score great goals and surpass unreachable targets,â€? he said.
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