Despite the almost all-day rain in the capital, as if designed by some devil to scuttle this year’s Joy FM Annual Skuuls Reunion, thousands thronged the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre Saturday for arguably the most memorable event on the country’s entertainment calendar.
The biggest outdoor event in West Africa started rather slow with the downpour that kept revelers indoors and organizers on tenterhooks but patrons defied it, pouring in, in groups, batches singing their famous jama songs and wearing some of the most incredibly funny costumes.
Soon the house was full and the jam was on.
Guru, the Lapaz Toyota singer charmed the animated crowd with his greatest tracks with the patrons swinging their hands from left to the right in unison.
The fans hipped, hopped and rapped to his ‘Democracy’ song, a performance worth commending.
Before the performances though, old students treated the crowd to a sumptuous rendition of jama songs which evoked memories of the good old days in the Senior High.
No doubt, the SPARTANS were the jama heroes with their coordinated, well rehearsed, well composed and incredible delivery of the jama songs which kept patrons admiring, dancing clapping and singing along.
The reunion could not have been successful without the sporting activities.
It began early, in the showers, but the old students had little worries. They competed in the five aside football, 50 meter dash and table tennis and it was highly competitive.
Team Multimedia got off to a stupendous start beating SPARTANS 2-0 in the opening match of the five aside football game but their luck run out and they were beaten on penalties by Osu Presec before they could get to the semis.
Prempeh Senior High dominated the 50 meter dash picking the first and third positions.
All through the sporting activities, Spartans kept the improvised sports stadium alive with some of the most lively jama songs.
If the numbers were low at the initial stages of the event, it was because Katanga and Unity Hall, two of the greatest halls in the Ashanti Region had come all the way from Kumasi in buses but were touring the City before making a triumphant entry into the Trade Fair Centre.
They both did, pretty late and could not make a stage appearance for the famous jama competition but their presence was so loud, their dressing was so pronounced it was difficult not to notice them.
Individual students also treated the crowd to the Azonto tonic, a competition, by all account was won by the chap from Adisco.
It is half past 9pm and there is no sign of letting; revelers are on their feet, savouring every bit of the entertainment, as if to compensate for the loss occasioned by rain.
In all, it has been another incredible Skuuls reunion that will linger on the minds of many until the 2013 edition.