For months, tension had been high, not only in the state but also in the neighbouring states. The anticipation was for another activation platform from the stables of the Nigerian Breweries PLC and makers of premium low-sugar drink, Amstel Malta.
Port had Harcourt missed out on the fun lat year when the maiden edition of the Amstel Malta Showtime moved across four cities: Owerri, Enugu, Abuja and Lagos. So on Friday, June 15, 2012, Port Harcourt bubbled as it got ready for the Amstel Malta Showtime.
With Flavour and P-Square leading the cream of artistes on the line up, it was dream come true for fans of the musicians. Little wonder Rivers State was in a frenzy. .
But Amstel Malta Showtime was not all about music stars alone. It was also an opportunity for young aspiring talents to showcase their skills in singing, dancing and comedy competitions. The fate of the contestants were decided by the audience via voice votes.
The evening got off to a slow start with the audience trooping into the Atrium Hall, Port Harcourt, venue of the event. Made up of students from the local Universities and other tertiary institutions from outside the state, it was a moment to unwind after the academic stress of the week.
The show kicked off with a Darey 'Art' Alade performance. The 'Banikudi' crooner gave the teeming crowd a tip of what was to be expected in the night, with his brief but exciting performance. He certainly set the tempo for what was to be a breathtaking event.
Then it was time for the rookies to show what they were made of. With the competition over, Nonso Eze, a 400 level student of Microbiology from University Of Port Harcourt and Obialo Chijioke Nwosu, from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, were clearly the crowd favourites following their stand out displays in the Comedy and Singing categories, respectively
The dance competition was much more competitive. It was a straight fight between the hip-swinging Sharon Robinson, a final year Theatre Arts student of the University Of Port Harcourt and Iye Kachi, a 300 level student of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Finally, the audience settled for Iye Kachi who was crowned winner.
For their efforts, each of the three winners walked away with brand new iPads, N500,000 cash and an all-expense paid trip for two to Lagos. The first and second runners up in each category were not forgotten. They went home with N250,000 and N100,000 respectively.
Thereafter, it was Showtime, as the first main act of the day, Flavour took the stage. The crowd could barely stay on their seats as they danced and sang along with him during his performance.
Spurred on by the audience, Flavour certainly didn't disappoint. The Enugu State born artiste was certainly in his elements.
The ante was raised as screams of ecstasy rented the air when the duo of Peter and Paul Okoye took to the stage. The twin act showed why they are arguably Nigerians biggest music acts at the moment, with an impressive performance that was as energetic as it was entertaining.
There was also a cameo appearance by May D as the trio performed the song, 'Chop My Money' together. Obialo Chijioke Nwosu winner of the singing competition had the privilege of performing with P Square. The talented rapper was not fazed by the stars as he gave a good account of himself.
Nonso Eze, winner of the comedy category also performed on stage with ace comedian, Senator, while the best dancer of the night, Iye Kachi did his own bit with the scintillating dance group, Outrage.
Up next is Benin, another city where the Amstel Malta Showtime train will berth for the first time on July 27. Stars expected to perform are Naeto C and Wiz Kid while ace comedian, Buchi, will deliver the hilarious jokes.