Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of November 22, 1999
Holiest house party in town
By ANH HOANG
WCR Staff Writer
The newest youth club in Edmonton offers an "educational entertainment environment."
It's not exactly the advertising lingo that's going to immediately draw in the mobs. But it's what today's youth are starving for, said owner Daniel Ikeh.
"This is the process of taking back our youth," he said. "The nightlife we have now is not helping our youth.
"This is going to be the hottest, holiest house party in the city."
Club Nieces and Nephews Exclusive opened Nov. 6 in the basement of a hall, two blocks north of the Whyte Avenue limelight. The opening welcomed a small but enthusiastic group of more than 50. The club holds about 80, said Ikeh.
The uniqueness of the club is its Christian foundation, with the teachings of the Catholic faith at the core. The club is a place for social gathering, but it's not a place to just stand in a corner and shoot the breeze. It's not like your average nightclub where you stand around and hope someone will come over and say "Hi."
Between the dancing and the music, there will also be regular talks on growth and personal development given by Ikeh or a guest speaker.
"Here they will get the food of the soul."
The club's first guest speaker was Gerald Brand of the Calgary Police Department and a member of the St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers.
Ikeh, 36, has been clinging to the idea of a Christian-based club since he was a child. But it wasn't until four years ago that he started planning it.
The native Nigerian said he has been blessed with a loving family, good education and personal emotional wealth beyond his imagination.
"I have received many wonderful things from the Lord," he said. "This is giving back some of what I have received.
"It is like if you have a cup. You can't get more into it if you don't start emptying it. I cannot receive more if I don't empty and give back what I have already received."
The club's name is a spinoff of Ikeh's knickname, Uncle D.
The club offers a variety of entertainment. A sign "King Solomon's non-alcoholic cocktail bar" which serves up sodas and juices that are not accompanied by an ID check.
Another sign "King David's Rap and Dance Crew Parlor" hangs over a long bench facing the dance floor. There is the "St. Elizabeth catering, supplies, snacks and treats," a stop to refuel for another spin on the dance floor.
Club visitors are entertained with music, live and recorded. With the help of DJ Mike, DJ Dino and a strobe light, a plethora of Christian music, from rap to hiphop serves as a background for the dancing menaces.
When Ikeh takes the stage, he preaches the Word, via the Holy Ghost rap.
"I can be doing my rap and then start talking about the brother Jesus Christ. It's a way to draw (the youth) into what I'm saying."
The club is open at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and on Saturday mornings. It's located at 8406-106 St. Call Daniel at 951-4013 for more details.