The year 2020 (twenty plenty) haven’t been favorable to entertainers across the globe, and coming from Port Harcourt, the 2nd major entertainment city in Nigeria, I can confidently confirm to you that the entertainment industry might fall back to its struggling stage if proper plans are not put in place.
You’ll agree with me when I say that events play a major role in the growing and projection of our city entertainment from Port Harcourt to the world, and 2020 haven’t been favorable to event owners and organizers in Rivers State.
Starting with the cancelation of several entertainment events that would have raised the bar for entertainers, Chow Fair was one of such events that have over the years given entertainers and food lovers the opportunity to network and eat good food from vendors within the city. Its unfortunate the event which was slated to hold during the Easter season was cancelled after tickets already been bought and major sponsors announced.
Same period, one of Port Harcourt based finest comedians and Entrepreneur KO BABA had booked Aztec Arcum for his KO Baba Unlimited Show, this he promised would have been his biggest and most planned comedy show ever but the restriction of social gathering due to the covid-19 pandemic forced him to suspend plans for the event.
On this note, these are my top 5 events in Port Harcourt that I think may not hold this year due to government restriction on social gathering in a bid to combat the coivd-19 global pandemic:
BOLE FESTIVAL (August)
Bole Festival is the biggest food festival in South and East of Nigeria. It is a food-meet-fun event that holds at Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The event is a celebration of urban culture that creates a guide to our rich heritage through food, attracting food lovers from across the world.
Beyond the food exhibition, Bole Festival has a strong urban appeal that cuts across all age demographics.
It provides an atmosphere that sets the tone for people to connect with friends and share a fun experience over a meal.
These experiences are shared and discussed which has allowed us to build an interactive online community and become one of the most engaging topics on social media annually.
This food celebration was created in 2016. Iwuh Kennedy Chinonso, Convener of the festival, conceived the idea for the festival in 2014.
In the year 2018 / 2019 the event recorded huge crowd, with hundreds of people visiting Rivers State from other states just to experience the event. What then happens in 2020???
CHOPLIFE SUMMER SEASON (August)
CLG entertainment, a foremost entertainment outfit in the Niger Delta hosted the maiden edition of chop life summer season in the garden city of Port Harcourt in August 2019.
The charity event which includes lots of pre-event activities like games and competitions brought a whole new level to entertainment in Port-Harcourt!
The Registration For The Competitions Started From June 1st And Ended July 10th, The Competitions Then Ran From July 10th To August 21st, And The Grand Finale (Food Festival And Musical/Comedy Concert) was held on August 31st.
Judging from the lined up activities last year and the restrictions on social gathering this year, it’s obvious that Choplife Summer Season may not hold this year 2020.
SOCIAL MEDIA HANGOUT NG (November)
The social media hangout is an annual event that presents social media users on all platforms with the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow social media users in a safe and fun filled environment.
It also serves as an avenue for business clients to market and showcase their products alongside some side attractions like games and music performances.
Following the success of the maiden edition of the social media hangout, evident in the massive turnout at the event and the ensuing social media buzz, the organizers have over the years raised the bar in bringing together a larger and more content filled version of the previous editions.
The 2019 edition held at Ediz Wine Bar recorded an overflow, with close 1000 social media users attending the yearly event. What happens in 2020?
SWEET MOUTH FAIR (November)
Sweet mouth fair is a hangout/fair, which is aimed at promoting and showcasing the Rich and unique varieties of everything sweet ranging from cakes, pastries, cocktails, mock tails, yoghurt, ice cream, etc.
The Sweet mouth fair started in 2018 (maiden edition), it is a two day event with the first day being made for the EXPO and CONFERENCE where exhibitors gather to discuss topics and challenges they are facing in their various businesses and resource persons there to give them advice on what to do and how to change it.
The second day is the trade Fair where vendors exhibit and display their unique and creative items.
The event engages over 20 different SMEs and their different displays of Sweet mouth items, the Fair host over 2,000 food lovers in attendance from all around the nation who come to appreciate and buy at very subsidized rates.
The last Edition in 2019 was a success, and the question remains what happens in 2020?
PLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL (December)
Plugged Music Festival has undoubtedly become south south biggest music festival hosted in the city of Port Harcourt at the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, Along Aba Road.
The festival brings together top acts of the Nigerian music industry to the garden-city for an event like no other in the South-South of Nigeria.
It’s a day-time and late-evening event for the whole family, fun-seekers and lovers of the good life to gather in the city of Port Harcourt.
Having recorded successful past editions, what happens to Plugged Music Festival 2020?
NOTE: Some events listed above among other events I did not mention may still hold if only the ban on social gatherings is raised.