The Edo Festival which was organized by JJ Barry Conglomerate, Amb Destiny Ebagua and Richie Rich was a lot better than the previous.
The last event which took place on the 9th of November at Crik banqueting hall, 252 Romford Road, Barking, United Kingdom attracted many negative reactions as many of the guests, including the imported artists from Edo State were locked out.
It took the intervention of the London Metropolitan police to disperse angry guests, some, among many others, dressed in Benin attires and arrived at the show in Limousine but left in the cold.
Speaking on the collapse of the last event, JJ Barry told NAIJA CENTER that “The venue was 280 capacity so we sold 200 tickets and got 80 seats left. A lot of people did not get ticket thinking they will get a ticket at the door. When they arrived, there were no ticket sales at the door, so those without tickets refused to allow those with tickets in.
“That is the Nigerian mentality. I heard someone saying that ‘for him if he didn’t come in, no one would’. The police were able to push those without tickets back and those with tickets were able to come in at last.”
However, taking a cue from the failure of the last event, JJ Barry bared it all in the event that took place on Saturday at The Petchey Academy, Shacklewell Lane, Hackney, London E8.
The event which had a popular Edo singer, Chief Arala Osula in attendance was delayed for three hours, no thanks to African time. The Comedian, who was a very eloquent gentleman paved way for the singer, The Melody.
Knowing JJ Barry.
JJ Barry is a United Nation Peace Ambassador who originally hails from Edo Staamong The event planner was a former staff of Ben TV before birthing his new career on event planning.
He has lived in the United Kingdom for the past 18 years. “I am an Edo man trying to represent where I am from, and make sure everybody is happy”, JJ Barry told NAIJA CENTER at the event.
He covered a lot of events including Odudu new yam festival among others for other tribes before he suddenly quit Ben TV. After leaving the station, he focussed on Edo Festivals to bring Edo people together in London.
“I am the only man that has been able to move our great father, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom to attend Edo Festival award.
I have been able to singlehandedly brought over 5 Benin artists from Benin City to London for show. ” he said.
The Festival planner who sounded very passionate about organizing Edo Festivals said he loves his job as it brings Edo people from different parts of the United Kingdom together.
JJ Barry advised Nigerians in London to embrace positive things by desisting from illegal businesses. He also said he deserves some praises as he is doing what many Edo people couldn’t do in the country.