By Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Vanessa Obioha
Nigerian international singer, Aṣa,
brought the house down at the maiden edition of the Spice TV Lifestyle Honours.
Opening her set with the single ‘Fire on the Mountain’ from her self-titled debut album, the audience warmed up to her as models donning pieces from the designer Torlowei walked the runway.
Aṣa, whose last performance in the country was 18 months ago, threw all in the ring to make the night memorable for guests. Eliciting gasps from the audience as she removed her jacket to reveal a sexy sequined black top worn over pants, she launched into a medley, performing most of her hit tracks including ‘Jailer’, ‘Bibanke’, ‘The Way I Feel’, and ‘Moving On’.
At one point, she kicked off her shoes after regaling the audience with tales how she made a similar display at a concert in Paris, but an audience member took one of the shoes home. To forestall a repeat, she asked her team members to keep her shoes safe.
However, the highlight of the night was when a smitten fan took the bold step to propose to the singer on stage. Aṣa while performing her last song for the night ‘Bamidele’ teased the audience with a freestyle melody ‘I like you Aṣa, I want you Aṣa, but you won’t marry me.’ Taking a cue from her lyrics, the young man climbed the stage, went down on one knee and asked Aṣa to marry him.
Not fazed by his boldness, Aṣa held him up and teased him with seductive moves that got the audience screaming wildly. She danced with him, and at a point, bent over as if she was going to twerk for him, all along flashing beautiful smiles at the audience members who were wowed by her moves.
The fan may not have been to heaven but on that stage, having Aṣa leaning on his body, he definitely had a taste of heaven. When the singer hugged him, he held her tightly and seemed not in a hurry to let go.
This display brought a climactic end to the maiden edition of the awards. The Spice TV Lifestyle Honours was conceptualised to celebrate and reward African fashion icons and brands.
Powered by XCHANGE, a consortium of event promoters led by Tajudeen Adepetu, the event attracted fashionistas across the continent to the Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Hosted by Ghanaian TV presenter and producer Joselyn Dumas, the awards saw the likes of GTB carting away the prize for Financial Services Brand of the Year, OC Ukeje winning the Male Lead in a Movie of the Year, Dangote Foundation winning the CSR Brand of the Year, while the Award for the Fashion brand stylist of the Year went to Dimeji Alara (SA), and Innovator of the Year went to Art X Lagos.
While receiving this award for the best Luxury Wedding Event Company, Funke Bucknor of Zaphire Events broke down as she dedicated the award to her late sister, Tosyn Bucknor who passed on last month.
The night was punctuated with musical performances from Bez, Adekunle Gold, Vector, Teni the Entertainer and Falana.
There were also runway display by famous designers such as Pepper Row, Orapaleng, David Tlale, Ugo Udezue, Kenneth Ize and others.
Other awardees of the night included MasterCard (Lifestyle Product of the Year); Dubai Tourism (Holiday Destination of the Year); One and Only (Hotel of the Year); D’banj
(Most Stylish Individual in Entertainment); Universal Music (Music icon of the Year); Malée (Beauty Business Brand of the Year); Ghanaian actress, Zynnel Zuh (Female Lead in a Movie); Vlisco (Fashion Business of the Year); and Saota (Design Company of the Year).
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