The realities of event planning may never be envisaged as a conundrum until one has a first hand experience which in a way validates the popular saying when there is a will, there will always be a way. The maiden edition of SRAF (Soul’e Ryhmez And Friends) Awards and Movies Night held on the 15th of December 2017 at the BBCM auditorium, Surulere, Lagos was an effort geared towards ‘encouraging and appreciating people who have done well for themselves and have worked in line with their passion’.
The event began with red carpet and soft music from 6pm before the award show kick started at exactly 9:50pm. With MC Kabal and Moreen Anota as hosts, the audience was thrilled with intermittent jokes, a ground-opening beautiful musical performance from Quin Labiz and a movie screening. After about an hour into the movie, the award presentation opened with categories like the comedian of the year, song of the year, music director of the year, most creative personality of the year, blogger of the year, most influential personality of the year and DJ of the year. Shortly afterwards, schoolz, an artiste and Honey Bee, a spoken word artiste made the audience savour the sweet nectar of her lovely poem, Black Beauty, which extols the hidden beauty in our African nature.
To usher in the next set of awards in the categories of on air personality of the year, spoken word artiste of the year, poet of the year, philosopher of the year, outstanding leadership award, actor of the year, actress of the year, poetry promoter of the year, NGO of the year, SRAF flash fiction of the year, entrepreneur of the year and SRAF most influential personality of the year, there were colourful spasmodic performances from Emmanuel John (comedian), JC, Oxlade, Ykeezy, Bright Star, Segzy SOD, DDG group and another poetry slam that got the whole hall screaming from Mr Penawd. Also, Mrs Bukky Ogunote one of Nigeria’s prominent actors and the host of Nigeria’s number one cookery television show who graced the occasion with her family addressed the organizers with words of encouragement, stressing that most of the big award shows around today started small as well.
When the event was over, we spoke to the convener, Stephen Eneji and he expressed his view about the turnout: ‘At first, we were skeptical about people turning out but we were surprised a lot of people actually showed up. I didn’t feel bad that all the celebrities I had invited to the show didn’t come around because I had no expectation. All that mattered was having a good show which I did’.
In the same vein, Convy Alloysius, a presenter on Campus Voice Television, said ‘I see much effort, I commend the organizers and SRAF Awards is going to go far. What I want to say in a nutshell is direction, let God just direct them’.
Temitope Ogunade said ‘It was okay, it was very nice, most especially, I enjoyed the dance because I love things that are associated with dance. Then the audience too added life to the whole thing. The organizers and the MCs were wow’.
Mr Penawd, the spoken word artiste with the electrifying performance said ‘The show started rough and it looked somehow you know but along the line, it got very interesting. I was also thrilled by the dance performance of DDG group’. Speaking on his poem and the repetitive punchline therein, he said ‘There is a slang in my school that they call ‘’May your days be long’’.It came through the kegites and I have a friend who’s used to the phrase. So, it’s basically used to say to ‘well done’ to anyone that lies like our politicians’.
Yusuf Balogun Gemini, a spoken word artiste and author said RAF flash fiction of the year said ‘Winning is an honour. It’s my second award since I started poetry and I hope to buttress by exploring more of my creativity. The event is a remarkable one. Though, every event always has its flaws and short comings but at least, for the first edition, it was something worthwhile to hold on to’.
Below is a complete list of the categories and winners.
- Comedian of the year- Mark Angel
- Song of the year- Closer by Wizkid
- Music director of the year- Naya Effects
- Most creative personality of the year- No winner
- Blogger of the year- Linda Ikeji
- Most influential personality of the year-Ty Bello
- DJ of the year- DJ Lambo
- On air personality of the year- Jheri Blake (Hitz on tv)
- Spoken word artiste of the year- Adekunle Titus
- Poet of the year- Praise El-Okhidievbie
- Philosopher of the year- Aderinto N.A
- Outstanding Leadership award- Pastor J.S Ajulo
- NGO of the year- SAWOG ( Save Women and Girls) Initiative
- SRAF flash fiction of the year- Yusuf Balogun
- Entrepreneur of the year- Oluwakemi
- SRAF most influential personality of the year- Mamon Sophia
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