The Enugu edition of the ongoing nationwide tour of Nigeria’s biggest comedy brand, Glo Laffta Fest, at the weekend threw up outstanding performers that could one day showcase Nigeria on the global comic scene.The audience was treated to a rich blend of comedy from budding comedy stars who shared the stage with masters of the industry such as Bovi, Basketmouth, Gordons and Salvador.
Enugu was the third stop in the nationwide comedy show that has already traversed Port Harcourt and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The show got off to a good start with such budding comedians as MC Zino, the ‘quarrelsome’ duo of Sam and Song, MC for God, MC Twin Parrot and MC Franchez, taking turns to thrill Enugu fun-seekers.
MC for God who is 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.
A Port Harcourt-based comedy star, Arinze Baba, formally opened the show and delivered an outstanding performance. Arinze had also distinguished himself in the Port Harcourt edition of the show.
The masters took it from there and it was a roller-coastal ride for the excited crowd till curtain-drop. Bash, Salvador, Bovi, Gordons and Basketmouth delivered what the crowd was angling to receive, undiluted fun.
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, Adaeze Ani and Caroline Iroakazi, both students, emerged joint winners while Johnson Precious, also a student, was the runner-up.
In the male category, Emmanuel Fly and Frank Raphael emerged winners and first runner-up respectively, while Clinton Joseph emerged second runner-up.
Nollywood greats, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK), Patience Ozokwor popularly known as Mama G and Victor Osuagwu added more excitement to the event. KOK turned heads when he appeared on stage in a regal robe with all the trappings of royalty including an elephant tusk and a crown tenderly on his head. The hall erupted in ecstasy. He thanked the people of Enugu where he was “born, bred and buttered”, even though he hails from Mbaise in Imo State. Osuagwu also caused a wild stir with his unique style of entry and “mumu” dance.
Glo Laffta Fest is next 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 the short code 240; for example, “LOL Owerri’ to 240”.