Sunday, 3 April 2016


The venue was Jogor Centre, Liberty Road, Ibadan, Oyo State. The event was Laffmatazz, a comedy and music event that has found its way into the hearts of many residents of Ibadan, especially the lovers of entertainment events, who have craved for an event of that magnitude and class.

Stand-up comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, the convener and host of the comedy show had promised to return with something special when he was rounding off the fourth season. It was the fifth edition of Laffmatazz and he wanted to prove a point that shows of this nature can indeed sell out in Ibadan as against the general belief in some quaters that entertainment shows ‘don’t sell’ in Ibadan.

True to his words, Adeyinka upped the ante. He returned with what he called “The Legends, The Rave and I and literally set Ibadan on fire last week Sunday.

It was a non-stop, back to back afternoon of fun and excitement that later metamorphosed  into night. For those who were at the venue, it was a feeling that would not be forgotten in a jiffy.

Sponsored by Maltina, the expectations were high, but the acts who were more than 40 in number did not disappoint the excited audience that was thrilled for more than eight hours with music from raves of the moment,  such as: Jaywon, Que Peller, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Skales, Capital F.E.M.I., Still Ringing and Dremo.

But that was not all for the night. Adeyinka had more in store for the people who had parted with their hard-earned money to buy tickets, and he delivered. After the raves came the comedy session. Seyi Law, Omo Baba, Peteru, Arole, Bash, Kelly Blind, Rapin Daddy, Lepacious Bose and a host of others cracked up the audience. The stars of the night in the comedy category were Seyi Law and Bash. They once again illustrated the essential difference between them and other comedians.They proved why they have remained two of the most funniest comedians in the country.

The legends, Tony Tetuila, Olu Maintain, Artquake guys, African China and Daddy Showkey dished out some of their favourite songs that made them the toast of many back in the days. Olu Maintain’s ‘Yahooze’ raised the roof, Artquake’s ‘Alanta’ electrified the hall while African China and Daddy Showkey reminded the people about the ‘Galala’ fame and its Ajegunle connection.

It was almost 12 a.m., and one would have expected that the hall would have been empty by then, but the star of the night, D’Banj was yet to perform. Not a single person was feeling sleepy.
They all chorused “Give us D’Banj, give us Kokomaster”. To some of them, the fun would not be complete  if they had left without watching Baganlee perform. Some minutes later, D’Banj stormed the stage in style and justified the long wait. His performance was rated the best.

There were presentation of gifts,  such as generating sets and table top freezers  to lucky people just as comedy pioneer, Ola Omonitan, also known as Ajimajasan,  got a cash reward of N100,000 from Gbenga Adeyinka and another N100, 000 from Daddy Showkey.

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