On the first day of 2022, the prestgious Alibaba January 1st Concert will take place live at the Eko Hotels Convention Center, Victoria Island, Lagos. This year concert is as much significant in that the 2021 edition was cancelled following the Covid-19 pandemic. The significance extends and also rubs-off on the latest edition themed the ‘Gratitude Edition’ which is dedicated to doctors and healthcare workers who were on the frontline in the fight against the pandemic.
It is as well as in honour of the many thousands who lost their lives. “Gratitude to the medical professionals that were in the frontline since the pandemic broke. Some paid the Supreme sacrifice. It’s thank you time”, a post by the event originator and legendary comedian, Alibaba reads. Known to be the unofficial kick-off of each year entertainment wise as it is being held on New Year’s Day, this edition will feature performances by an array of A-List Nigerian stars.
According to Alibaba, who also survived the pandemic last year, it is not just a vague phenomenon. “Real lives have been impacted since it broke out in 2020. “Lives have been lost and families have been changed forever. We want to pay tribute as well as appreciate the frontline workers that have toiled endlessly to curtail the spread and help nurse other victims back to health.” For the duration of the event, physical attendees will not be more than 50% of the capacity of the hall.