Meet Gbenga Adeyinka the First, ace Nigerian comedian who is no stranger to the Ghanaian stand up comedy scene. The comedian whose goal in life is to make people happy and enjoy a stress-free life that will make them live longer returns to Ghana for the 1007 Laughs and Music slated for this Saturday December 22, 2008.
Gbenga is a graduate of English from the University of Lagos and has been an active stand-up comedian for many years now. His jokes always center on real life situations although he proclaims God and all those joke books he reads, as his inspiration. Wherever he gets his jokes from, Gbenga has proved beyond doubt that he does not have to struggle to make people happy. Every appearance in Ghana has been etched on the memories of patrons.
The Night of a 1007 Laughs and music scheduled for the National Theatre, follows on the heels of the 1006 Laughs and Music which was held a few months back. Gbenga will be coming along with Mandy and AY all from Nigeria. They are set to present another rib cracking show that will set the tone for the Christmas festivities, which have so far been overshadowed by heated politics in recent times.
Mandy is a Political Science graduate who believes she should have been struggling to become a local government chairman but comedy wanted her badly. Mandy, who is the undisputed Queen of comedy, says it has been medically proven that people wrinkle faster when they frown and recommends smiling and laughing to exercise the facial muscles and tissues to reduce the risk of wrinkling. She says that in Africa, politics has a way of draining people and comedians are required to lighten up the mood by making people laugh, and that is why she answered the call to be a comedian.
The final act from Nigeria is Ayo Makun, a.k.a. AY, a sensational comedy act who has brought some spice into the comedy industry and literally setting it on fire with scintillating jokes and his unique style of delivery. The Theatre Arts graduate is the reigning best Up and Coming comedian in Nigeria, who comes from the comedy tradition of Ali Baba, one of the greatest Nigerian comedians.
He also draws inspiration from most Nigerian comedians for different reasons, for Basket mouth, its delivery, for Okey Bakassi, it is his personality on stage, for Basorge, it is the histrionics, for Julius Agwu, it is about the dynamism of his comedy.
Not to be upstaged will be Zambian Stand up comedian Bob Nkosha who will be making a debut in Ghana. The music segment of the Laugh has always been one to look forward to and this time round one can look forward to the very best pf Praye who have kept Ghana dancing from the beginning of the year right down to the end. Irene Logan of Irene & Jane fame and Adina, both winners of Stars of the Future music reality TV show will ably support them.
Credit: Jacquiline Afua Bondzie
Source: The Chronicle