Seeing that social networking sites are all the rave amongst the youth, Safaricom LIVEâs Face-off bash was the place to be write MATILDA NZIOKI and DAVID ODONGO.
The Safaricom Face-off Party over the weekend was characterised by a large turnout, a parade of celebrities, misbehaving bouncers, disgruntled fans and lovely stage performances from the greater East African community. Hundreds of teenagers who thronged the KICC grounds to witness the crowning of the King and Queen of Facebook among other categories left entertained albeit slightly wet from the threatening clouds.
A section of them were angry at what they termed as âunfair crowning of already groomed winnersâ.
The event, which was slated for midday started on time with celebrity after celebrity on the podium, giving their all to the expectant crowd. With Churchillâs attention-grabbing remarks, Alembaâs rib-cracking jokes, G-Moneyâs sobriety and Debbie Asilaâs softness, the event never had a dull moment. With a galaxy of top artistes and singers, the event was top notch considering that all that the Pulsers needed was a Bamba 50 to watch the bonanza.
Artistes such as AY, Mwana FA, Nameless, Daddy Owen, Amani, Juliani, Nonini, Lady B, Wyre, MOG, Madtraxx, Eko Dydda, P-Unit, Mimmo, Proff, Mejja, Allan Aaron and many more were in the house to do their thing.
Namelessâ performance alongside his relentless dancers rocked. Amani came with a fully-fledged all-girl band, the Murfyâs FLaw. Hers was the top-notch performance. The only Bongo Stars in the house AY and Mwana FA got mad love from the crowd as they dropped hit after hit. And the fans got much more than they had bargained for.
Then came the defining moment, when the Facebook King and Queen were announced. Twenty-one-year-old OJ aka John Oballa, a student at Kenya Methodist University emerged winner. The coronation was topped with the crowning of Violet Alubisya as Facebook queen of 2010. They each won a Mac Book pro valued at around Sh100,000, a PlayStation 3, a Huawei Android 3G Smart Phone loaded with unlimited Internet for a year and a party for them and 30 of their friends organised by Safaricom LIVE. "I did a lot of campaigning, sometimes buying my friends airtime to vote for me and ask their friends to vote for me too," Violet, who has more than 1,500 Facebook friends explained her strategy. She is currently pursuing Communication and PR studies at Daystar University.
For the last three weeks, âFacebookersâ have been going crazy with publicity messages and campaigns for the various categories on the road to the Face Off concert.
The turn-out was exceedingly amazing. The crowd even braved the light showers and dark clouds to stay till the end of the concert. All through, the youngsters cheered on the Ugandan, Tanzanian and Kenyan artistes dancing all afternoon.
Amaniâs performance stood out seeing that many high profile musicians rarely treat fans to live performances.
The set up too was splendid, life size screens projecting the occurrences of the stage and great sound too.