GLO LAFFTAFEST: UGANDA’S SALVADOR, BASKETMOUTH, BOVI, OTHERS ELECTRIFY ABAKALIKI
Globacom recently invaded Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital with its Laffta Fest “Invasion LOL” where East Africa’s most-celebrated comedian, Salvador, from Uganda, sent the crowd reeling with laughter as he related the peculiar ways of life of his native Ugbokolo village. Salvador was the cynosure of all eyes as he brilliantly narrated the notorious tendencies of the village rascal, named Ladeja, in his home place. To complement Salvador’s act, one of Nigeria’s most brilliant stand-up comedians, Bovi tingled the excited audience with his classic joke that juxtaposed a typical Nigerian political rally with that of the United States of America. His flawless parody of Barack Obama at a political rally was the clincher. He got the crowd cheering endlessly and wondering if Bovi was playing a pre-recorded Obama rhetoric. The Abakaliki edition of Glo Lafftafest was the loudest bang the city has ever witnessed on the social scene as Glo lined up popular Nigerian comedians and musicians to thrill the city’s residents to a potpourri of the best comedy and music at the show. The crowd roared in unison that the show was the most thrilling they had ever witnessed in the city. Basketmouth, the show’s anchorman, had stirred the roaring response when he asked in the thick of the fun-filled show that, “Seriously speaking, has any brand given the people of Abakaliki such a loaded show like this before, featuring an international comedian, Nigeria’s biggest and best comedians and Nigeria’s music superstars”, to which the thousands of people inside and outside the Nkweagu Ugbala Convention Centre chorused a deafening “no.” Impressed by the response, Basketmouth, who led 12 other merchants of jokes and three Nigerian music sensations to the show, said that “besides Globacom, no other corporate organization rewards its customers like this.” The crowd, among whom was the State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Chike Onwe, students and various professionals, concurred. The show kicked off with the sonorous voice of Vinissi, Abakaliki’s best female vocalist and swiftly dovetailed into a series of comedy sessions with 2CanTalk, Parrotmouth, SIM Card, Bash, Gandoki, Julius Agwu, Bovi, Akpororo and Okey Bakassi dishing out spontaneous and contemporary jokes to the delight of the people. The trio of Nigerian music stars, Chee The Voice, Burna Boy and Mr. Incredible, MI, kept the people on their feet during their different sessions with their superlative renditions. Chee the Voice was the most improved act of the night with her refined beats, delicious voice and superb utilisation of space. Burna Boy’s energetic performance was electrifying while MI was simply incredible. The crowd loved him and passionately sang every song along with him. The Glo Laffta Fest which kicked off in Lagos six weeks ago has toured Abuja, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Benin and Abakaliki. The show will be held in Enugu next while Asaba, Uyo and Ibadan will take their turns in subsequent weeks. It is rated as Africa’s biggest comedy show and it is organised by Globacom to thank its subscribers for their massive support in the past 10 years.
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