Artists, celebrities, influencers, and their friends have come together to execute a community service and youth empowerment in Amuwo Odofin via an initiative created by BizzybodyNG – an event tech solutions company headed by Seun Ayeni.
The initiative – Battle of the Sounds is a month-long music competition that had over 60 contestants battle in five popular and vibrant genres of music including Reggae-Dancehall, Fuji, Afropop, Acapella, and Hardcore Rap. In a statement by Seun Ayeni, he said, “This concept was born out of the same objectives we hoped to achieve with sports when we started the Mini Sports Festival tagged AmuwoGames in 2017. The energy is out there, the youths are ready to dissipate it, we just need to create positive media to channel this energy. Music is as good as sports when it comes to getting these objectives achieved, and so, here we are”.The Grand Finale of the Battle of the Sounds held on November 25th at an Amuwo Odofin Community playground sharing borders with the popular Amuwo Odofin Primary School in Jakande Estate, Mile 2.
Resident celebrities like GT da Guitarman, Indomix, African China and Kpeace and their friends were present as judges and special guests at the Grand Finale and on different days of the competition. Faze, who was also a judge at the opening was unavoidably absent at the finals due to logistic reasons. Other celebrities at the closing were Lafup the Comedian, Babahkay, Kobi Mighty and others.
Performances at the ceremony included music acts by Sheun Natural, Runnjozzy, Pablow and many other resident artistes in Amuwo Odofin.
The presence of the Amuwo Odofin LG boss – Engineer Valentine Buraimoh was also felt throughout the competition, as he was represented by delegates at different times, especially by Hon ‘Aquarium’ Ojomo who was also present at the closing ceremony which witnesses a huge crowd of about 2000 persons. Prizes of N100,000, recording deals given to contestants were further augmented by prizes which also included cash from African China’s – Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd runner ups in the five categories, Indomix and Kobi Mighty’s cash prize for 1st and 2nd runner ups in the Hardcore Rap categories, recording and studio session deals from Indomix, 4th April Beats and Festac Mag’s bosses – Destiny Orimidu and Ameen respectively and free music video shoot for one of the Acapella groups.
Other prizes presented included Samsung Nigeria’s mobile phone gift for three outstanding persons in the competition, Instant cash and t-shirt souvenir prizes by Baudex – a resident social media influencer to freestyle winners on competition days, Globacom’s freebies to the audience at the opening ceremony, and FestacOnline’s discounted social media promo package for all contestants.
It was indeed a novel initiative and should be replicated in various communities if possible say the Publisher of Inside Watch Africa – Seyi Adegoke-Adeyemo. For more news, videos, and pictures from the event, please visit battleofthesounds.com or just follow @battleofthesounds or @bizzybodyng on social media.