National telecommunications operator, Globacom, last Saturday dazzled Lagosians with entertainment unlimited as it paraded 20 top Nigerian and international artistes in the opening show of the 2013 Glo Laffta Fest aptly tagged Invasion LOL.
The comedy show held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, featured four American comedians, Donnivin Jordan, Robert Powell, Deray Davis and Tony Roberts, two South African humour merchants, Ndumiso Lindi and David Kau, Uganda’s best comedian, Salvador, and 13 Nigerian artistes consisting of two musicians and 11 comedians.
Anchored by the hilarious Basketmouth, the Lagos edition of the show had Jimmy Jatt as the Dee Jay and the likes of the doyen of Nigerian comedy, Alli Baba, and Julius the Genius Agwu performing alongside equally talented and resourceful hands like Okey Bakassi, Bovi, Buchi, Gandoki, Akpororo, Funny Bone, Senator and Osama.
The show was spiced with music as Wande Coal and the legendary saxophonist, Lagbaja, thrilled the audience with their songs.
It was an evening of fun, laughter and entertainment as the huge crowd, which filled the main hall and the foyers, danced, rocked and reeled with laughter as the artistes came on stage to perform.
The American foursome were full of praises to Globacom for bringing them to Nigeria and to Africa for the first time in their career, just as their South African and Ugandan counterparts expressed their gratitude to the telecommunications giant for providing a huge platform such as the Glo Laffta Fest for them to perform in Nigeria.
The comedians, both from Nigeria and abroad, gave the audience value for their time as they reeled out jokes on contemporary political, social and economic matters and issues of day-to-day life.
While expressing their willingness to come back to Nigeria to enjoy the hospitality of the Nigerian people, the foreign artistes said that their coming to the country had exposed them to its potentials.
Salvador, the Ugandan was at his best elements, telling the audience that Nigerian cuisines “give me emotional feelings as I shed tears each time I eat any of the delicacies because I don’t eat pepper”.
“I must thank the organisers of this show for making me to hang out with real Americans as all I have been seeing back in Uganda is having my fellow country men travelling to America for a few weeks and coming back home with Indian accent. I wish somebody will simply adopt me in Lagos and make me stay here permanently”, he teased.
Deray Davis said that he had to call up his daughter back in the United States to “tell her that I am having fun and a good time in Africa and that I like it here and will have to come back here again”, while his compatriot, Donnivin Jordan hinted that he might likely “have a baby in Lagos”, sending the audience reeling with laughter.
Specifically, Jordon praised Globacom “for congregating comedians from different parts of the globe. I consider this a network of world comedians and I will like the company to take this kind of show to other parts of the world. This will help to promote harmony among comedians all over the world.”
The Lagos edition of the show was the first in the series of shows in the 2013 Glo Laffta Fest slated for different parts of Nigeria. The next show which will feature the international artistes and their Nigerian counterparts will hold on October 25 in Abuja at the Thisday Dome. Nine other shows parading the best of the Nigerian entertainment industry will hold in Owerri, Enugu, Calabar, Uyo, Port Harcourt, Abakaliki, Benin City, Aba and Ibadan in subsequent weeks.