Social media has undoubtedly changed the scope of human interactions. These days, many fans can interact with their favorite celebrities on many social media platforms, but a few years ago, that wasn’t possible. Besides seeing the stars on TV and at events, there have been some locations, especially in Lagos, where fans can be sure to meet the artists. Merrymakers take a look at some of those locations, many of which have seen better days
Ogis Bar, National Stadium
Ojez Restaurant & Bar is a hangout over at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. It had a nightclub and bar where people go to dance and have drinks. It also serves local and international cuisine.
It was a place where one was sure to meet Nollywood stars and other entertainers. It also gave up-and-coming actors the opportunity to meet veterans and A-list actors, strike deals, as well as build profitable relationships.
Located on Oyerokun Street in Surulere, Lagos, the hotel located just a few minutes’ drive from the National Stadium was once owned by the late late musician, Victor Olaiya.
The hotel used to be one of the most popular places to have a good time in Lagos, and celebrities were not left out of the fun.
For several years now, Olaiya, accompanied by the International All-Stars Orchestra, has been teasing celebrities and other guests at the hotel’s Papingo Night Club every Saturday.
It was also a place where many actors got their first gigs in the film industry.
The hotel still exists but is no longer the melting pot for artists and their fans as it once was.
Wines Hotel & Bar
Also located in Surulere, Lagos, the Winis Hotel and Bar has been a thriving hub for movie stars. It is less than a 10-minute drive from the National Stadium and less than a 20-minute drive from the Iganmu National Theatre.
A few years ago, Winis used to be the favorite hangout of celebrities. Numerous auditions and voice calls have taken place there, and a producer is very likely to spot any wannabe actor frequenting the venue. It was known that up-and-coming actors would always visit the place in the day to get direction and guidance in the art of acting from veteran movie stars. Several actors also talked about how they got their first chance to star in Winis several years ago.
The National Theater located in Iganmu, Lagos, was a traditional location where actors, actresses, and film crews used to meet to rehearse, take auditions, and teach beginners. The venue is used to host open selection events, where people interested in acting always come to showcase their talents and skills.
It also gave people the opportunity to meet and interact with actors.
The Feminar Café, located within the Lagos Television Building, Agidingbi, used to be a joint where people interested in the entertainment and media industries retire after work.
It was one of those places where artists usually hang out, where journalists are always there in search of interviews and scoops. It was also a place that people interested in becoming movie stars would visit to meet veteran actors. There is no doubt that many people have become famous based on the relationships they were able to form in Feminar.
The Niteshift Coliseum was opened in 1988 as the NiteShift Club along Ubebe Road, Ikeja, Lagos. The club has served as a meeting point for professionals, businessmen and opinion leaders, as well as a place where an exclusive class of Nigerians and foreigners can relax, discuss and have endless fun.
At one point, the club became one of the leading entertainment centers in Nigeria. The upscale event venue moved to its permanent location on February 2, 1999, and operated there successfully until December 18, 2003, when the arena (club floor) was destroyed by fire.
Reconstruction and rehabilitation work began on the redesigned grandstand in January 2004, and it was officially reopened on August 5, 2005. The small runway consists of the Children’s Runway (safety tower), the summit (multi-purpose conference/banquet hall), the arena (the club floor) and the dacha ( Guest house of 12 bed and breakfast rooms).
Emphasizing its uniqueness, founder, Ken Olomez, popularly known as G’uvnor, gave a 2017 interview to City People magazine, He stated that the club was not for everyone. He said, “I’ve had a few talented ones and I’ve had that audience for 25 years. The audience was (for) very responsible, not just middle class but audiences that don’t usually go to clubs. I had governors (like Gibja Daniel, governor of Ogun state). ex; and Ozor Kalu, former governor of Abia state) as members of the club. I chose my republic. Membership was never bought; I only gave it to people who deserved it.”
Needless to say, in its heyday, the Niteshift Coliseum was a melting pot of artists, their fans and other members of society, especially the elite.
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