Mega entertainment centre, Hi Impact Planet Amusement Park, set a very high standard for itself in all ramifications. The centre located on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which parades several grand facilities, says its target is to provide the kind of fun that people get in a place like America’s Disney Land. How far it will go in this dream is a question that the future will answer.
But apart from steadily gaining patronage, the centre thrilled a huge crowd towards the New Year Eve, when it held its maiden Praise Blast. The concert that featured celebrated musicians that included Chief Ebenezer Obey the Soweto Choir from South Africa and Good Women Choir led by A. A. Fasonyin, of the Odun yi a Tura fame, was held on Hi Impact’s mega stage, the type of which is also said to be the first in the country.
So sophisticated is the stage that a Fasonyin had to be at High Impact for rehearsals days before the event. The essence of this is that the audience would not know what had transpired earlier before her performance, when she suddenly emerged from the belly of the digitalised stage minutes after they had been hearing her voice.
While legendary Obey performed for about three hours, dishing out many of his gospel evergreens, other groups that included, Midnight Crew and Daystar Choir gave the audience a memorable night.
Interestingly, this happened only a few days after Hi Impact held its first cultural show tagged African Night. The event attended by stars that included Iyabo Ojo and Alariwo of Africa featured cultural troupes that entertained guests with songs, dance and chants. The star show of the night was by an elastic band of drummers that rattled the stage with heavy percussion.
The Commissioner for Tourism and Culture in Ogun State, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, commended the management of the facility for its investment in cultural generation. According to him, the state government will partner Hi Impact to celebrate art and culture and to explore the economic potential of the sector.
On the success of the Praise Blast, the Managing Director of Solution Media and Infotech Ltd, operators of the amusement park, Prince Adeyeloye Lipede, said all stakeholders were fulfilled. He is happy that the concert also afforded guests the opportunity to experience the magnitude and flexibility of the stage.
He said, “It was fun. A lot of A-list artistes performed. It was awesome seeing how Obey performed songs that had not been heard in years. It was a smooth show. Our stage is 46 metres long and 14 metres high, the biggest in Africa. It is a permanent arena for concerts. We also have the African Night, where we showcased African culture, design and food. Residents in the park had fun, as artistes performed, too. African Night and Praise Blast are annual events. We just want to make sure Nigerians are well entertained. The Praise Blast is an African thing. We hope to take it to the rest of Africa.”
Team Leader, Digital Networking, PR and Brand Manager, Victoria Odimba, said Hi Impact was all about fun and entertainment. “Our park is for all age brackets and our line-up of activities appeal to every generation no matter their inclinations. The concert was to thank God for being our helper in the one year of Hi Impact Planet’s opening. The concert will always be on a world-class basis. We provided buses that took guests back to town after the concert at dawn,” she said.