9ice, Timi Dakolo, Reminisce thrill fans at Celebrity Fans Challenge

The biggest celebrity football showdown ever lived up to its promise on Saturday, as
some of the biggest names in the Nigerian entertainment industry treated fans to
exciting duels at the Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos.

9ice, Reminisce, Timi Dakolo, Frank Edoho, Fred Amata, Illbliss, Segun Arinze and ID
Cabasa locked horns in the name of their respective football clubs on an
unforgettable night.

host of Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015 Kiibati Bankole
host of Celebrity Fans Challenge Kiibati Bankole

The action kicked off with an exciting clash between Chelsea fan 9ice and Arsenal
fan Illbliss. 9ice defeated Illbliss thanks to verdicts handed out by a panel of
judges led by ex- Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje. They both participated in tasks
that included singing, dancing, match commentaries and exciting debates.
9ice shocked the audience and judges with his impressive and broad knowledge of
football history and eventually bagged two awards- The Superfan award and the award
for creativity, both powered by Merrybet.

Ill Bliss challenges 9Ice at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Ill Bliss VS 9Ice at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015
Ill Bliss challenges 9Ice at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Ill Bliss VS 9Ice at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015

Timi Dakolo and Frank Edoho were next, in what was the tightest and most fiercely
contested match. Frank Edoho, who is a Chelsea fan, gave Timi Dakolo- an Arsenal fan
a run for his money, as they both showed depth in football knowledge and extreme
passion. Timi Dakolo’s breathtaking rendition of the Arsenal club anthem however,
gave him the edge as he defeated Frank.

Timi Dakolo challenges Frank Edoho at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Timi Dakolo VS Frank Edoho at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Timi Dakolo VS Frank Edoho at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015
Timi Dakolo VS Frank Edoho at Celebrity Fans Challenge

Timi eventually also won the Backseat Manager award, powered by Merrybet, for his
outstanding knowledge of the beautiful game.

Timi Dakolo celebrating an award at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015
Timi Dakolo celebrating his award at Celebrity Fans Challenge

Nollywood stars Segun Arinze and Fred Amata locked horns next for Chelsea and
Arsenal respectively, in another evenly matched duel.
Segun Arinze, not deterred by the defeat his club had suffered earlier in the day,
was quite impressive in his play on words and overall creativity and defeated Fred
Amata.

Fred Amata VS Segun Arinze at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Segun Arinze VS Fred Amata at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Fred Amata VS Segun Arinze at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Segun Arinze VS Fred Amata at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Fred Amata VS Segun Arinze at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Segun Arinze VS Fred Amata at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Fred Amata VS Segun Arinze at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Segun Arinze VS Fred Amata at Celebrity Fans Challenge

The final showdown of the night was between Reminisce and ID Cabasa for Manchester
United and Chelsea respectively. Reminisce provided the moment of the night, when he
sang the Manchester United anthem- ‘Glory Glory Man United’ in Yoruba language. The
venue erupted in appreciation of his creativity.

ID Cabasa edged the debates, but Reminisce’s creative performances gave him the edge
as he defeated his opponent.

Reminisce VS ID Cabasa at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015
Reminisce VS ID Cabasa at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Reminisce VS ID Cabasa at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015
Reminisce VS ID Cabasa at Celebrity Fans Challenge

The host- Kiibati Bankole, kitted in a refereeing outfit (complete with her yellow,
red cards and whistle) played the role of the match referee.

Kiibati Bankole with 9ice at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Kiibati Bankole and 9ice at Celebrity Fans Challenge

The winning celebrities were awarded match trophies and prizes from SLOT and Merrybet.

It was a night the fans and celebrities will not forget in a hurry, as they were
treated to musical and comedy performances and great fun all round. I ran into a couple of my own guys who are hardcore sports fans too: Ayourb, Lanre Neville, Emma Dele and of course Yvonne Onyemekwu.

Ayourb with Lanre Neville at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Ayourb and Lanre Neville at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Emma Dele at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Emma Dele at Celebrity Fans Challenge
Emma Dele at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015
Celebrity Fans Challenge

Now, what happened at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015 will probably stay at Celebrity Fans Challenge 2015, or maybe you could see it on TV, but one favour I’ll ask you to do for yourself, is watch out for the next edition of this unique event early next year!