It was a laughter-filled Easter Sunday for residents of Garden City, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, who relished series of jokes by some of the continent’s funniest comedians at the recent Glo Laffta Fest comedy show.
Put together by Globacom, the nation-wide tour event was held at the Aztech Arcum, Stadium Road, Port Harcourt Port Harcourt, attracting alongside the established acts, a home-grown talent, Arinze Baba, who tore the hall apart with imaginative stories and incredible punch lines.
Baba finished his routine to an uproarious applause from the audience, most of whom were on their feet and were either whistling loudly or hollering on top of their voices.
His performance preceded those of more established stand up acts, Acapella and Bash, while the master joke merchants, Basketmouth, Bovi, Gordons and Salvador from Uganda, vividly demonstrated why they have remained enduring stars on the continent’s entertainment firmament.
There was also room for up and coming talents to strut their stuff on the grand stage of the crowded event centre, with the duo of GSN and K.O. Baba leading the pack.
Members of the audience also had opportunity to share the spotlight with the international stars as they participated in energetic competitive dance that produced three winners each in the male and female categories.
In the female category, Mercy Igboanugo and Joy Boniface, both students and Faith ‘Dizzbaby’ Kwelle (entertainer), emerged joint winners as the audience could not decide who the best of the three was.
In the male category, the trio of Emmanuel Odiase, a youth corps member, King Birabi, a comedian, and Ojinmaduka Divine, a student, outlasted the legion of men who jumped on the stage to try their luck. They went home with Glo-branded gift packs.
Nollywood veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, ace actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo, accomplished comedian, Victor Osuagwu and the goddess of Nollywood, Patience Ozokwor brightened the night with their presence.
The Glo Laffta Fest is scheduled to hold in 26 other cities including Awka, Ikeja, Ikorodu, FESTAC , Ajah, Owerri; Asaba; Calabar; Enugu; Aba; Suleja, Kubwa, FCT, Ibadan; Ijebu Ode; Abeokuta; Ekpoma; Kaduna; Akure; Lokoja; and Anyigba.
The next show will hold in Abuja at the Old Parade Ground, Garki on Sunday, 23 April, 2017.