As part of the celebrations of the festival of the people of Nungua, Charter House and Florex Sports put together a one day event dubbed ‘July In Nungua’ which came off on Sunday the 14th of July 2019 in Accra. The event was an extended version of the ‘Kplejoo’ festival and served as an entertainment platform for the residents of Nungua as well as the public. The most talked about names within the past few months in Ghanaian music, graced the occasion putting up energetic performances to entertain the audience. The turnout of people to experience the event was more than anticipated that some of the officials of the event had to struggle to make their way to their allocated sitting areas before having a chance to witness the performances. Nevertheless, the organizers of the event were satisfied with the overall outcome and promised a replication next year.
‘July In Nungua’ commenced in the day with a vibrant street parade on the Nungua High Street and saw a lot of the youth of the area take part. More colour was added with numerous sales stands which comprised food vendors selling local delicacies and assorted drinks to outdoor games. The climax came when award winning artistes Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale took the stage. They were supported by other Ghanaian musicians namely Medikal, Strongman, Gasmilla, Article Wan, Nii Funny, and others. The surprise for the night actor and comedian turned musician ‘Lil Win’, added some appreciable humor to the show. The musical part of the event kept fans cheering in excitement from the early hours of the evening till about 2 am. The event would have lasted longer if not for the fans of Shatta Wale who pushed so hard in attempt to get closer to the artiste as he performed on stage. In attempt to calm the overpowering and over excited crowd, the artiste had to cut his performance short. Nevertheless, the crowd enjoyed the show and continued into the night with music from the other sales stands on the high street.
The head of Communications at Charter House (Gh). George Quaye expressed the organization’s satisfaction about the event and stated that other companies would invest in the initiative. “It is our hope that the event becomes and integral part of the annual Kplejoo Celebrations and we pray that come next year, corporate Ghana also buys into the vision of July in Nungua and supports it to the fullest”, he said.
There were some popular faces at the event who rushed in front of the stage to get a closer view of the musical acts during their performance. They were actress Salma Mumin, Beverly Afaglo, Roseline Ngissah, John Dumelo, James Gardiner, Bibi Bright, and singer Veana Negasi. ‘July In Nungua’ was organized under the authority of the Paramount Chief of Nungua His Royal Highness Noble King (Prof.) Odaifio Welentsi 111 with support from the Nungua Traditional Council. It was sponsored by ‘Kpoo Keke’; a local alcoholic beverage.
By Jerry Wonder