On Saturday the 19th of December 2015, Murphy Ben International held its’s annual end of the year party and awards night at Solab Suites, Ikeja Lagos.
Murphy Ben International is a company with various chains of businesses like online malls, web-based services, e-Learning, movie production including AfrorevoMovies.com-website with a humongous database of multilingual African movies; Aforevo Music TV, a satellite music television station; Aforevo Records, a record label for signing and managing artistes; Aforevo TV, another satellite station hosting various content, launched in September 5th, 2015; DealMayor.com, the number one online retail shop in Nigeria with specialization in fairly-used goods and KinkiiMall.com, an online superstore that sells ‘strictly authentic goods’. It also has interests in iproff.com, an e-learning platform and Voliveafrica.com, a web development company with presence in 27 countries worldwide.
So you see, the company is a large family of over 200 staff, and these people sure know how to turn up and hold a Christmas party.
The event kicked off in full gear with some of Nollywood’s finest stars like Ifeanyi Kalu who was the official compere of the event, Thelma O’Khaz, Fredrick Leonard, James Gardiner gracing the red carpet. The colour of the evening was white and red, and the Staff of Murphy Ben International as well as their friends and well wishers left no stone unturned in looked dashing on the red carpet.
After guests were seated in the hall, the event proper started with Comedian Da Preacher, taking over the mic and entertaining guests with rib cracking jokes rendered effortlessly. I was live at the event and was quite impressed with the talent of this Comedian whom prior to the event I had never heard of. In fact he yabbed me as I entered the hall saying “Welcome Miss Endowed from Isolo…” lol. The guy is a natural.
Then came the performances from Nyelu and Pryse (Chocolate City First Lady). The duo were brilliant especially Pryce whose blend of feminity and hiphop held the audience spell-bound. Her moves were very good too. The crowd was then entertained with the acrobatic skills of the dynamic trio of the young David Crusaders. They kicked off their performance with a comedy mime, before their choreography proper. They were really fun to watch especially the 11 year old kid among them who kept busting with loads of energy. Another side attraction was the AFOREGO choir, made up of members of staff. They rendered a christmas carol and mimed Yemi Alade and Selebobo’s ‘Nagode’, and they did a good job.
While all these was going on there was lots to eat and drink, ranging from intercontinental to local dishes.
The high note of the night was however the special awards that was presented to three well-deserving members of staff. These three people identified as Abubakar Yusuf, Chiamaka Mgbemena and Seyi Adebola were presented with surprise prizes of a car each. As their names were announced, their co workers cheered loudly, affirming that the awards were well deserved. This I found very impressive, that the company took it upon itself to reward with cash prizes and cars the outstanding members of staff each year and encourage others to be better versions of themselves and work harder. No doubt Murphy Ben Int’l is one big family who empower each other, and this big family sure know how to turn up!
Photos from the event below: