Once again, Globacom last weekend, in Enugu, demonstrated that it cares about the future of up and coming artistes in the country as the communications outfit made available the huge platform of its ongoing Glo Laffta Fest comedy concert to budding comedians to showcase their talents in the Coal City.
Interestingly, these Enugu burgeoning merchants of jokes shared the Glo Laffta Fest platform with the biggest brands in the industry in Nigeria and beyond such as Uganda’s Salvador, Bash, Bovi, Gordons and Basketmouth.
The budding comedians who performed at the Enugu edition of the comedy show, the third in the series of 27- city show that had already traversed Port Harcourt and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, included Zino, the ‘quarrelsome’ duo of Sam and Song, MC for God, MC Twin Parrot and MC Franchez.
For instance, MC for God who has been a regular cast member of the popular Glo-sponsored TV series, Professor Johnbull, was extra-ordinary as he delivered original jokes that were well received by the appreciative audience. He was a master of caricature and he used this to great effect, earning himself a rapturous ovation.
The mere appearance of the duo of Sam and Song on stage attracted wild laughter among the audience, ostensibly owing to the popularity of their skits on the social media. They play the roles of a preacher and an interpreter, with most of the punch lines coming from the interpreter. Their efforts were rewarded with wild applause.
MC Twin Parrot also got massive approval from the audience as they drew comical comparison between the burial rites in the Western World and the South Eastern part of Nigeria, among other things.
The main show formerly opened with the Port Harcourt-based comedy star, Arinze Baba, who delivered an outstanding performance. Arinze had earlier distinguished himself in the Port Harcourt edition of the show.
With Arinze Baba’s excellent performance, the master jokers took the baton from there and it was a roller-coaster ride for the excited crowd throughout the show. Bash, Salvador, Bovi, Gordons and Basketmouth gave the mammoth crowd undiluted fun and laughter.
Like the previous editions, many Glo subscribers went home with freebies from Globacom. The lucky subscribers included early arrivals and dance competition winners in the male and female categories, among others.
In the female category, two students, Adaeze Ani and Caroline Iroakazi, emerged joint winners, while another student, Johnson Precious, was the runner-up.
In the male category, Emmanuel Fly and Frank Raphael emerged winner and first runner-up respectively, while Clinton Joseph emerged second runner-up.
Nollywood greats, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Patience Ozokwor, popularly known as Mama G, and Victor Osuagwu added more excitement to the event. KOK was the cynosure of all eyes as he appeared on stage in a royal robe, clutching an elephant tusk. He also won a beautiful crown to boot. The hall erupted in ecstasy. He thanked the people of Enugu where he said he grew up. Osuagwu also caused quite a stir with his unique style of entry and dance.
Glo Laffta Fest is going to Owerri this Sunday and then to 23 other locations over the next six months. These include Awka, Ikeja, Ikorodu, FESTAC , Ajah, Asaba, Calabar, Enugu, Aba, Suleja, Kubwa, FCT, Ibadan, Ijebu Ode, Abeokuta, Ekpoma, Kaduna, Akure, Lokoja, and Anyigba.
To attend the show, Glo subscribers are expected to use up to N2,000 credit within one month and text LOL and preferred location to short code 240; for example, “LOL Owerri” to 240.