Ondo, Nigeria – Ondo Social Hangout, the premier youth event in Ondo State, celebrated its 7th edition in grand style on December 10, 2023, with the theme “Big7.” Marking nearly a decade of bringing together young people for fun, networking, and empowerment, the event was a resounding success, surpassing all previous attendance records.
Special Guests Spice Up the Night
Adding even more flavor to the evening were special guests Kelvin Power, Executive Security Expert for Afrobeat superstar Kizz Daniel, and Hon. Iranola Joseph AkinlajaFormer Member, House of Representative, and a renowned supporter of youth development in Ondo State. Honorable Akinlaja was presented with the prestigious Award of Excellence for his unwavering commitment to the Hangout and its mission. In his touching acceptance speech, he spoke of his involvement with the event since its inception, witnessing its remarkable growth and the positive impact it has had on young people. He shared a personal story about his daughter, who secured a media job in Maryland, USA, thanks to her experience working with Ondo Social Hangout.
Emotional Tributes and Entertaining Delights
The night was further enriched by a heartfelt tribute and posthumous Hall of Fame induction for Comr. Olubodun Tayo Marcus, a dedicated member and supporter who passed away in September 2022. His contributions were lauded by his club, the Sassy Circle, and the Nigerian Students Council.
Attendees were treated to a variety of entertainment, with captivating performances by WB Sickah, Deola Taylor, Demola Suzy (Egin Demola), and other talented artists and MCs. Games like tennis, Jenga, Oculus, and 360 photobooth provided opportunities for fun and relaxation in a vibrant atmosphere.
Amplifying Local Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Ondo Social Hangout has a longstanding tradition of supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs. Over 25 vendors set up their stalls at the event, selling their wares and connecting with potential customers. The event itself served as a platform for budding entrepreneurs, offering them a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and gain traction.
Reaching a Wider Audience
Ondo Social Hangout 7.0 transcended physical boundaries, reaching over 20,000 people across various platforms. Media partners like KAFTAN Media played a crucial role in amplifying the event’s reach, ensuring that the positive energy and impact of the Hangout resonated with a wider audience.
A Night of Success and Gratitude
With over 1500 young people attending in person and more than 50 businesses directly or indirectly involved, the event was a resounding success. Convener OlaOlu Adedayo expressed his immense gratitude to everyone who contributed to its success, especially the tireless volunteers and the esteemed guests who graced the occasion.
A Legacy of Empowerment and Connection
Ondo Social Hangout 7.0 was more than just a party; it was a celebration of community, creativity, and the boundless potential of young people. As the event enters its next chapter, its legacy of empowerment and connection continues to inspire and unite the youth of Ondo State.