By Eric Elezuo
As many that thronged the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, penultimate weekend for the 10th anniversary of the Ovation Red Carol, know exactly what they were expecting – first class entertainment. And this they got without an iota of doubt. But one extra feature that was added to the menu of the already turbo-charged entertainment-filled atmosphere blew the minds of the fun seekers – nobody expected it, and when it did come, it was wao!
The extra feature in the menu was none other than the indefatigable songster and Nigerian’s ambassador of music, DAVIDO!
The appearance of this music icon took everyone by storm, and according to Chief Dele Momodu, the chief host of the great event, “it was the major highlight of the night”.
It would be recalled that the Prince of music, Davido, had slipped into a bitter altercation with Chief Momodu as a result of issues bordering on the baby Imade whom the artiste had with Chief’s niece, Sophie Momodu.
Momodu’s insistence on doing the right thing had let tempers fly, and bitter exchanges ensued, leading to Davido producing a song where he referred to Chief Momodu as ‘my boy’ among others. That was the mentality the generality of Nigerians had of the father and son until that night when the High Chief, in his wisdom made impossibility possible by ensuring that Davido not only appeared on the night, but gave a first class performance, lighting the already lit capacity filled hall.
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In a dramatic move, Chief had announced that the cynosure of all eyes on the night, and Founder, Esther Ajayi Foundation, Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, who was inducted into Ovation Hall of Fame, will receive a surprise package. That surprise package was evergreen – it was reconciation, it was forgiveness. Chief Momodu has forgiven without reservation, and Davido has with all humility come to terms.
With his rave making song titled ‘If’ the prolific songster bared both his mind and heart, proving to all and sundry that he so much admire and love his ‘father’, Dele Momodu.
Filled with untold excitement, Chief Momodu, who sees himself as having performed one God’s given commandments, which is forgiveness, declared that ‘if God can forgive us for trespassing against him, who are we not to extend such compliments to others.’
In an exclusive chat with TheBoss, Chief Momodu said that Davido is more of a son to him, and as a result, no father holds grudges as his son, adding that he loves his music.
“Davido is like a son to me, and I love his music. He is quite close to my family, and I am to his family. Moreover, I have been trained to forgive my enemies though Davido was never my enemy. People have abused me in the past like the Abachas, and I forgave them. It is the law of God, and it is the law we must practice – forgiveness,” he said.
Speaking on the role Davido’s father, Mr. Adeleke played in the whole reconciliation episode, Chief Momodu gave kudos to him, saying his maturity was remarkable.
“His father was kind enough to make it happen, and he appeared to perform. As far as I am concerned, Davido’s appearance and performance is the highest point of the occasion. His turning up alone has everything anybody wants to know,” he enthused.
Beaming with all joy, Davido gave what could go for one of his best performances in his entire career, ‘that’s the product of a free heart’, one of the fun seekers in the audience said emotionally.
It was not only the Momodu and Adeleke families that savoured the joy of the moment, everyone in the massive crowd, including as many that were watching in their various across the world felt the impact of so great a reconciliation built on total forgiveness and maturity. This was made obvious by the shouts of camaraderie that intermittently flowed from the audience following every move made either Davido and Chief Momodu.
Dele Momodu on his instagram page shared photos of Davido with these words, “True reconciliation, great joy… God bless Davido…. God bless Dr Adedeji Adeleke for his uncommon maturity
“God bless the Momodu family for that simple heart… we are family”.
In December 2015, Momodu had halted a supposed ‘abduction’ of Davido’s baby mama’s child, who happened to be Momodu’s niece since her mother was left behind. The baby was just seven-month-old then.
Ever since then, Davido had lashed out at Dele Momodu through every medium including in two songs ‘Osinachi’ remix by Humble smith and Bad, Baddo, Baddest by Falz featuring Olamide.
But Momodu never reacted to any, saying the young man was just doing what artistes do to sell their records all over the world.
“He will never see me and tell me to my face that I am his boy,” Dele Momodu was quoted as saying.