Come Sunday, 19 September, erstwhile Nigerian international goalkeeper, Emmanuel Babayaro  will draw the cream of the Nigerian politics, sports, public service and entertainment to  the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja for the launch of his debut album.

•Emmanuel Babayaro

These crops of dignitaries will listen to the works of the footballer turned musician and  support him in an event organised by his record label, Rectitude Records.

The event would be chaired by Chief Rochas Okorocha and has the confirmed attendance of  Professor Dora Akunyili and a number of other ministers and senators, including past and  present members of the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Daniel Amokachi, Ben Iroha, Mobi Oparaku,  Osaze Odemwingie, Samson Siasia and, of course, Celestine Babayaro are expected at the  event.

There would be performances by Cobhams Asuquo, Paul Play, Sound Sultan, Emmanuel himself and  many more.

Emmanuel’s debut, Best of Both Worlds contains rap, jazz and hip-hop numbers. It was  produced by Cobhams, ID Cabasa, Frenzy and Lalah. Already, listening parties have been held  in Kaduna and Abuja on 3 and 4 Septemeber, 2010. Lagos would follow in October. Emmanuel was  a member of the Gold Medal Atlanta Olympic team in 1996.

Speaking on the album and his music, Emmanuel said his parents actually thought he would  make a career in music rather than sports.

“I have been an entertainer since childhood, and during my football years I used to sing and  dance to entertain my team mates…I look forward to really making it big on the Nigerian  music scene,” he said.