Lagos, Nigeria’s economic and commercial capital is right about now hosting the first and probably the biggest football event of the year – the 2013 Glo-CAF Awards.
|Eko Convention Centre|
The ceremony that will honour distinguished personalities for their exploits for the year 2013 started at about 7:00 pm tonight at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.
The event is truly the talk of the town. Driving around Ajose Adeogun this morning, I saw all of the billboards that have been erected to herald the event. The print and electronic media have also been dominated with talk about the awards.
|Mikel, Toure and Drogba|
The awards to be given out range from: best player in the Continent to Team of the year. Other awards to be handed out include Team of the year, Youth team of the year, Club side of the year, Coach of the year, Referee of the year and many others. Nigeria is up for several awards but is already sure to win Youth team of the year since the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria are the sole contenders for the award. The main award though that has got everyone talking about the Awards is for the African footballer of the year where Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel is pitted against Yahaya Toure and Didier Drogba, both of Ivory Coast. The whole of Nigeria is routing for Mikel who if he wins, will be the first Nigerian to win the award in 13 years after Kanu Nwankwo who was awarded the prize in 1999.
Apart from being a night to celebrate sporting excellence, the show will also showcase superb and first class entertainment from outstanding entertainers across different continents.
On the bill to perform are: Dbanj aka Banger Lee, who will be on hand to show the audience why he is deservedly called “The Entertainer”.
The masked one and Afro-Calypso originator, Lagbaja, will also be performing tonight as well as Beninois, Zeynab who is known for her unique style and refreshing brand of music.
South African enigmatic singer, Lira who redefined the industry with her 2006 album, “Feel Good” is also on the list of performers. Another scintillating performer billed to mesmerise guests at the ceremony is Ghanaian songstress, Sherifa Gunu who has been hailed by many as a crowd puller and a real performer with traditional zest.
Surely, with such a fantastic collection of superstars, quintessential performers and unusual entertainment, the Glo-CAF Awards Night promises to be so much fun