Dawn comes early to Enugu. By six a.m, the sun comes out of hiding, its rays pushing aside the clouds. Far from the disused coal mines, students at ESUT's Agbani Campus get set, not just for the day's lectures, but for the excitement of their own Coke Studio Campus Concert.
"Girl, thank God it’s Friday, i don tire. I can't wait to have fun at the Coke Studio Concert. So what are you going to wear?" a female law student asks her friend as they walk away from the Faculty of Law.
"Certainly not black and white", her friend replies, laughing. "Its going to be fun, you know, May D and Dammy Krane are going to be here, live". She adds.
Busloads of students pull up behind the Faculty of Law, the venue of the concert, as the two friends walk into the distance, chatting. The students crowded under the branded
Their chance to impress their fellow students came quickly as the MC, Veejay Tipsy announced the beginning of the singing competition.
Dust began to fly in all directions as the students cheered on Aloyweezy, Cinjo, Jayfeelz, Kalo C and Lasisi as they battled for a chance to perform live with Danny Krane, while Mac Nyte, Mr Lin, Sleek, Snipes and Thriller vied to share the spotlight with "Nile Ijo" singer, May D.
After the microphone made the rounds, aspiring rapper Lasisi and contemporary Nigerian hip-hop hopeful Mr Lin, were left standing, basking in the crowd's support.
A dance competition and a round of jokes followed suit in quick succession, before hip- hop artiste Sean Breezy started the day's performances. "Cocoa butter" singer Charass stunned the crowd, changing the game by jumping onto the double decker Coke Studio bus!
Dammy Krane followed in Charass's footsteps, leaving the stage to crowd-surf onto the Coke Studio bus, as he performed "Ligali", "Gratitude", " My Dear" and closed his set with "Amin", before handing his footwear to a male student who danced with him on stage.
Multiple award nominee May D, took over next, showing the screaming students what a performance is, as he belted out his runaway hits "So many thinz", "Sound track" and "Nile Ijo".
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"I am impressed with the level of engagement we have witnessed to date, but i am even more excited that the feedback we have received from the students indicates clearly that this was a great success." Ashipa commented,
He further disclosed that "The Student Union Government has requested more shows of this kind from us, describing the concert as the best show that has come to ESUT in a while".
100 level student of Environmental Science, Chukwudi Odoh, also known as Mr Lin, who performed with May D, described the experience as life changing.
"Now that i have performed live with May D, whom i look up to, i really believe i can make a success of a career in music. So i thank
The Coke Studio Concerts have been successfully staged at nine tertiary institutions, including LASPOTECH, UNIPORT, UNILAG, UNILORIN, CRUTECH, ABSU and OAU, Ile-Ife. The next concert is scheduled to hold at the University of Ibadan.
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