Earlier this year, I went to the eLDee concert that was heavily publicized, and was disappointed. I felt bad because I convinced a few friends to go with me and nobody got their money’s worth.
When I heard there was another Nigerian-organized event being planned a few weeks later, I decided to give it a try, but sadly it disappointed again. I will officially count on Ms. O and Bob-Ij to advise me on events that are worth it and events that have “Fail” all over it.
When my friend and I arrived, we were the first two females there. The other six or seven people there were guys. We went in, called our friend who had arrived there before us (he had said the place was completely dead), and he met us there. We stood around waiting for people to arrive for a couple of hours and they just trickled in. I felt horrible for the organizer because when we left after a couple of hours there were less than 50 people in the whole place. He was actually in the back of the bar taking shots of alcohol and looking very down when we left him.
The organizer tried to get people in a party mood: he came up to my friend and I a couple of times and told us to not worry, that there would be tons of people arriving any moment. Sadly he was wrong. The DJ was great but for some reason no one was dancing! I’m not the type to open up the dance floor so maybe everyone who was there that night felt the same way. Even the bartender started drinking Red Bull to stay awake, it was that dead…she certainly did not sell up to 30 drinks.
Let me give the organizer credit:
- he came up to us and welcomed us and thanked us for coming
- the DJ was good
- the club was nicely organized
- we received a facebook message after the event, thanking us for braving the rain to come
But again, I left feeling cheated and angry that once again I was duped by something that sounded good and would have been good had it delivered what it promised. I honestly believe that we have to support our fellow Nigerians who take on these initiatives but how many chances should they get? Nobody wins if we give up: Nigerians don’t get an opportunity to meet and mingle with people in the same city that they might not otherwise meet, and promoters or organizers decide that there is no need or interest on the part of Nigerians in this city for such events, which is totally wrong. When I think of Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade who are coming to my city this summer, I can be happy that at least they will come (God forbid bad thing) because the organizers are not amateurs and have consistently delivered on their promises year after year. Perhaps some of these people running around calling themselves promoters should volunteer at this festival and learn a thing or two about how to organize an event and deliver what you promise.
I’m sure the organizer of this last event I attended barely earned enough money to pay the club for renting the space, but he wasn’t the only one who lost out. What about those of us who paid to come to a club and were sorely disappointed?