By Ayeotan Shola
This weekend’s edition of the Celebrity Fans challenge by Kiibati Bankole was fun packed like it has never been.
The show host and the Originator of the challenge, Bankole stepped out in her classic referee’s garb and officciated the challenge cum show
Wielding her yellow and red cards and a shrill whistle, Ms. Bankole showed all the celebrity guests she meant serious business from the beginning.
Kiibati Bankole presents another exciting edition of her novelty celebrity football contest – Celebrity Fans Challenge; and this time around, it is bigger than ever, as some of Nigeria’s biggest names in entertainment go head to head for bragging rights and the title of Nigeria’s biggest celebrity Super Fan!
The celebrities included 9ice, Timi Dakolo, ID Cabasa, Frank Edoho, Segun Arinze, Reminisce, Fred Amata, Illbliss go head to head for the ultimate trophy.
The winner after each bout will be awarded a trophy and exciting prizes from the sponsors.
Host and Mock referee, Kiibati Bankole
The first celebrity guests on the podium were rappers 9ice (representing Chelsea) and Illbliss (representing Arsenal).
It was clear from the beginning that “Ayepogan” crooner Illbliss was clearly out of his depth against Bashorun Gaa. 9ice schooled the Arsenal supporter in the ways of the street, even Gunners’ fans had to acknowledge and cheer the “No Be Mistake” singer.
9ice held his own and even recited the Chelsea club anthem and he thrilled the crowd with his knowledge of the club’s all round history.
9ice was presented with a trophy by the show’s host Kiibati Bankole for his victory in the banter.
Next to climb the stage was the duo of singer Timi Dakolo (Arsenal) and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host Frank Edoho (Chelsea).
Dakolo, who should have been disqualified for not wearing his club’s jersey, got a warning from the ref early on.
The “Iyawo Mi” crooner held his own during the tasks and also belted a beautiful rendition of the Arsenal club anthem which swung victory in his favour.
No matter what he did, including juggling the ball to impress the judges, Frank was unable to catch up with Timi after using up all his “lifelines” in a closely fought duel.
It was the turn of actor Fred Amata to prop up Arsenal against Segun Arinze. The “Mortal Inheritance” star fought a good fight but could not overpower Black Arrow.
If you thought he had lost his A game, perish the thought, Black Arrow could be signing for Chelsea before close of transfer deadline day. As he walked home with the trophy, one couldn’t but wonder – could Segun Arinze be Jose Mourinho’s new ‘killer’ striker?
In the final match up, rapper/producer ID Cabasa attempted to give Chelsea a third win but Reminisce stood between him and victory.
While Cabasa tried all he could, he was blown away by Reminisce’s rendition of ‘Glory Glory Man United’ in Yoruba language. Imagine how that sounds, United won despite their fading “ogo, ogo…”