BY Nnah Douglas
For the very first time, top Nigerian celebs from Nollywood, music and comedy as well as broadcast stations converged on Abuja for a common goal – to raise funds aimed at saving one of Abuja’s finest voices on air, Rhythm FM’s Meka who was diagnosed with a non-functional kidney and needed seven million Naira for a transplant. Tagged ‘Savemeka Concert’, the fund raising event attracted top ‘Naija’ celebrities who have overtime distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavor. Garki Gazette’s NNAH DOUGLAS filed the report.
BRIEFS ON WHO DID WHAT!
DR YAKUBU SAMBO — FUNGI Dr
DR. Yakubu Sambo is much more than a friend to Meka. Apart from the fact that he took time to educate the audience on what they need to know about a failed kidney he said he was also endeared to him just listening to his programme on Silverbird Rhythm 94.7 F.M. The doctor said he discovered that Meka had a kidney problem because of too much salt in the food he was eating. He appealed to members to act fast in order to save the young man’s life. Dr. Sambo told the audience that all is set for the said transplant, but time is not ripe, but prays that everything should work according to plan.
STELLA DAMASUS – (Nollywood)
Veteran Nollywood screen goddess, Stella Damasus had a wonderful time on the night but could not hide her emotions when she said “Meka, a young handsome ‘chap’ with a promising future must not be allowed to die”. She also used the medium to remind young ladies at heart, of her mentorship programme focused towards unlocking their potentials.
You will agree with me that Nollywood’s history is incomplete without the mere mention of Francis. The Abuja based Thespian/Comedian was dressed in a red designer suit plus white jean to match. The Nollywood great registered his presence at the all- important event were he also donated handsomely, in a bid to save Meka from his travail. ‘Ahanna’ as he is popularly called has shown that he is a rare gem.
JOHN OKAFOR – MR IBU (Nollywood)
Comedians often refer to John Okafor as the ‘Mumu’ of the Nollywood industry due to the comic roles he usually interprets on set. But name -calling does not bother him provided that what he does on and off the stage puts food on his table. Mr Ibu, who made a surprise appearance at Meka’s concert, thrilled the audience with his ‘Charlie – Charlie’ display, in a bid to attract attention. He appeared on stage in complete female attire. John Okafor raised funds for Meka using church offering system (COS).
AY – (Comedian)
Another name for this renowned ‘Naija’ comedian is ‘Mr. Packaging’. To say the least, AY was fantastic on the night. His presence alone made guests at the event feel at home. Surprisingly, his gimmicks paid off when the comedian, in a pastor – like manner, influenced the audience to give bountifully for the project. At the end, it was discovered that AY had raised over a million Naira. But he lamented that the response for a clarion call to save a dying soul in Abuja is discouraging .He decried the inability of any politician/ government official to make it to the event after consistent awareness had been raised through the airwaves.
JULIUS AGWU – (Comedian)
Known for his popular comedy show, ‘Crack ya’ Ribs’, it was gathered that the Rivers State born comedy machine conceived the ‘Savemeka’ concert idea when information about his (Meka’s) health was brought to his knowledge. He vowed that the campaign to save Meka’s life will be carried to the National Assembly because according to him, Meka is a fine, amiable and talented gentle man who is the brain behind the making of many stars that come his way.
MC AMANA – (Comedian)
One unique characteristic noticeable in this Abuja based comedian is his popular voice; he is an audience delight any day. He made his presence felt with his elegant looking wife. Mc Amana with real names as Amanna Agwu said the Savemeka concert is a cry for help. He described Meka as a friend and brother who is contributing a lot towards the development of entertainment in Abuja.
KING JAMES JONATHAN (COOL/WAZOBIA F.M)
The round dark and lively broadcaster is the head Cool/Wazobia /Nigeria Info. radio stations. This young man showed he is a longtime friend to Meka. He played a private role organizing the concert which includes the free publicity the said concert enjoyed on air. Meka attested to the fact that King James was a phenomenon. He described Jonathan as his mentor.
Abuja radio presenters, a family which Meka belongs to, were not absent at the event. About 95% of radio stations were well represented ,amongst them were Rhythm, Kiss, Cool/Wazobia/Nigeria Info. Others were Hot F.M., Ray Power and Brilla F.M, who spoke with one voice; Meka must live and not die .
The Yapayaski crooner was awesome on the night with his performance. He succeeded in waking up a rather cold audience. He came in solidarity to Meka’s cause.
M.I (MR INCREDIBLE)
Self-acclaimed African ‘number one rapper’, Jude Abaga also known as MI was the last artiste to perform at the concert. A calculated attempt to save the best for the last .MI reviled with nostalgia how his kid brother was also affected by the dreaded ailment (kidney failure). MI did not mince words when he told everyone his brother was miraculously healed in the process. He encouraged Meka not to entertain fears but to believe that God is on the top of the situation and knowing also that Chocolate City is solidly behind Meka.
The height of professionalism in ‘turning the wheel’ was greatly exemplified by DJ. O. J. Apart from dishing out songs like the flooding in Kogi, the young man also donated N30, 000 to help save Meka from the pains he is going through. What a DJ indeeeeed!