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Comedians laughing all the way to the bank

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Comedians-360x344Days are long gone when the comedy profession was seen as a job meant for the never do wells. As it is at the moment, while so many people are cracking their ribs, laughing at their jokes, these men (and women) laugh all the way to the bank. They count their money in millions and are getting more and more recognition. Now, they even export their jokes and profession outside Nigeria hosting major events. To them, what they do is no longer a joke but serious business. Saturday Beats looks at some of these comedians.

Basketmouth

Ever since Bright ‘Basketmouth’ Okpocha came into limelight over a decade ago, this comedian has been trailblazing the industry. Although he thought he would make it as a musician, God had something else in store for him. In 1991, he discovered his skills in drumming, which he did for over five years. During his days as an instrumentalist for his church and a band at a point, he also discovered his skills in rap music and later diverted into that path in 1994. In 1995, he, his friends and brother formed a group called Da Psychopaths. It had seven members but they split before they could even release an album or a single. Now he is a celebrated comedian. He has a highly anticipated show scheduled for the UK. It is reported that a bank has thrown its weight behind him by sponsoring his comedy tour with N30m. The show is to hold this month in Manchester, Birmingham and London respectively.

AY

Whenever Ayo Makun holds his annual AY Live Show, it is usually a sell out. The comedian is a brand ambassador to various products. He is also an active media person with several television shows and a television channel on YouTube which was ranked as the number one most watched in Africa. Although many would argue that he is not the funniest of all comedians in the country, what he lacks in stand-up comedy, he doubles it in his comedy skit. His comic skits are known to be aimed at current controversies and controversial personalities and have often times put him at loggerheads with subjects of the skit. He recently settled a misunderstanding he had with his friend and actor, Jim Iyke. No matter what, AY is sure making his money.

Gbenga Adeyinka

The brand Gbenga Adeyinka is synonymous with Star Lager beer. For over six years, the chubby dark-skinned comedian has been contracted to host events by the premium lager beer. Be it Star Trek, Star Game Show and the recent Lagos Countdown organised by the alcoholic beverage, the comedian has every reason to smile, courtesy of Nigerian Breweries. Also, when it comes to major events, top weddings and awards, Gbenga does such effortlessly.  Gbenga would certainly relish 2013 as he hosted so many high society weddings. While the bride and groom beamed with smiles over their union, the comedian beamed with smiles over his pay cheque.

Julius Agwu

Although he is into music, the comic merchant is known for his dexterity when it comes to putting smiles on peoples’ faces. Grateful for his life, De Genius as he is often referred to, had to fend for himself by hawking pap at the age of six. But his humble beginning didn’t deter him from turning out to be a mega star today. His franchise, Crack Ya Ribs, has been a success over the years and has toured various states in the country. The show is not only known in the country, he has successfully hosted the show in London. The last edition was well attended by Nigerian celebrities and top politicians. He was spotted at the recently concluded Grammy Award ceremony.

Helen Paul

Helen Paul is not just a comedienne but also an On Air Personality. Currently, she leads the pack of Nigerian comediennes. She has a dual personality on stage and this works to her advantage as she easily switches from Helen Paul to her alter ego, Tataafo. The fair-complexioned comedienne is also a top choice when it comes to government events. Just last year, she hosted an event that was attended by the First Lady of the country and succeeded in making the mother of the nation laugh. While the Dame was laughing, Helen Paul knew after the show, it would be her turn to smile as she counted her money.

Seyi Law

Probably the youngest on the list in the profession, the dark-skinned humour peddler has had a good run with comedy. Prior to his fame which he got on AY’s platform, Seyi Law was relatively unknown. At a point in his life, he had to hawk sachet water and recharge cards at parks to earn a living. Today, all is history as he has been able to build a multi-million naira mansion at Ikorodu through comedy. He also recently launched an event centre and lounge also in Ikorodu. With this, he hopes his laughter would be louder to the bank this year.

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More Incriminating Evidences Presented Against Tonto Dikeh + Why She Is Still In Dubai Prison

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Latest information about the embattled Nollywood star actress, Tonto Dikeh, who was reportedly arrested by the police in Dubai, revealed that she had not been deported to Nigeria, but that she was still in Dubai Prison.

The stylish mother of one was said to still being held in Dubai detention cell for further investigation.

While little has been officially heard from Tonto on social media except for some few postings from her best friend, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky, it was gathered that Tonto and Bobrisky were trying very hard to cover up their tracks.

Tonto was reportedly arrested recently, when she attended an event in Dubai.

She was said to have been denied entry by security personnel and she allegedly called them untoward names.

She was said to have spent the night in prison.

Tonto, who was in Dubai to attend the One Africa Music Fest and Bamteddy wedding, could no longer attend these events since she was in detention.

“Yes, she hasn’t been released but still in detention,” a source close to the Nollywood actress revealed.

But Tonto was said to have released a video debunking any news of detention or deportation through Bobrisky.

Sources explained further that:

“First, Tonto is not the type to use that kind of video to debunk allegations of detention and deportation.
She would have used a more beautiful background wearing gorgeous clothes and displaying affluence. That was a damage control video she shared through Bobrisky. Tonto was looking like a tart! She wasn’t wearing make-up and looking like a prisoner in one small room! Anyways, in the video, there was no address about or her arrest. The Tonto we knew would have tore whoever wrote that story into shreds.

“Moreover, the attempts by Bobrisky to prove that Tonto Dikeh is still in Dubai and vacationing are not adding up.
Imagine the sudden disappearance of Tonto’s phone! Tonto’s phone lost its password and she opened another new page @king_wigocharity, on Instagram! Sharing a video to that effect, Tonto, who was not gorgeously dressed like her usual old self wears a funny make-up and explains what went wrong with her old IG account.
Who is fooling who? She said she is still in Dubai but her password is still in Africa! In this IT age? The video looks so stupid!

Meanwhile, before the new page, she had posted many photos from Dubai on the old page @tontolet which has over 5million followers.

It was on her old page she posted her ‘fake gift’ from Timi Frank. She even bought a new phone to run the new page! As a matter of fact, she removed the nylon seal from the cover of the phone!”

Wondering what went wrong with Tonto and Dubai security personnel?

“After her arrest and her hotel room was searched, they found out that she came to Dubai with hard drugs which she must have been taking,” sources alleged.

The worry is now her little boy, King Andre, who is said to be in the care of a nanny in Abuja.

Already, Bobrisky is taking the pains to upload on the new page that has been created.

We were informed that there was no hope that the actress would be released soon.

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AFRIFF 2019: Edem Dotse wins Best Student Short Film

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The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2019 came to an end yesterday as Linger by Edem Dotse wins the Best Student Short Film category award.

At the beginning of the eight edition of the popular festival, TECNO Mobile — as part of its commitment to developing and encouraging mobile cinematography and storytelling in Nigeria — partnered with Kiki Mordi and Nora Awolowo to deliver a masterclass on the use of smartphone for film making & storytelling.

The grand finale was the Awards Night, a colorful ceremony that was attended by A-list movie personalities from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. The ceremony played host to a number of big names in Nollywood, including Rita Dominic, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, among others.

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Cross-section of dignitaries and celebrities at the AFRIFF 2019 Awards Night

Apart from the lecture series, TECNO also sponsored and presented the best Student Short Film category award, won by Edem Dotse’s Linger, at the glamorous AFRIFF Globe Awards.

Mr. Chidi-General Manager Transsion holdings Presenting the cheque to the winner of the Best Student Short Film Category in AFRIFF 2019

As the theme of this year’s award is Sheroes, the organizers and their partners are using this edition to celebrate the extraordinary women in the film industry, those stellar personalities who enable us to dream and celebrate storytelling, thus, impacting the society.

The Awards Night also included the recognition of The Ghost & The House of Truth as the Best Nigerian Film, with the Best Director won by Akin Omotoso for the same movie.  The Best Documentary award went to In Search by Beryl Magoko, while the Best Actress category award was won by Kate Henshaw, who acted Officer Stainless in The Ghost & House of Truth.

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On that high note, this year’s edition of AFRIFF 2019 came to an end, bringing to a conclusion an event full of fun, glitz and glamor.

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You’d have to kill me to stop me from Coming to South Africa – Burna Boy

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Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly called Burna Boy, has said that nothing would stop him from going to South Africa for his scheduled performance at the ‘Africa Unite Concert’.

The concert is billed to hold in Pretoria on November 24.

“Lol. I’m coming and you and anyone against it are gunna have to kill me to stop me,” the 28-year-old music star tweeted on Saturday.

On Thursday, some South African artistes and showbiz personalities called for a boycott of the concert because of Burna Boy’s inclusion.

Burna Boy and a South African artiste, Kwesta, are billed to headline the two-day concert.

Said to be powered by Channel O, ‘Africans Unite’ is a collaborative project which aims to rebuild trust and respect by changing the current narrative about the continent.

The opposing parties said they won’t allow Burna Boy step into their country if he fails to apologise for the comments he made during the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.

Spearheading the opposition is South African star, AKA Worldwide, who has insisted that he (Burna Boy) must apologise.

On another hand, Tshwane Entertainment Collective, a group of South African showbiz experts have also questioned Burna Boy’s inclusion and the exclusion of artists and event organisers from Tshwane.

Shortly after the news broke, South Africa’s firebrand opposition politician, Julius Malema tweeted to reassure Burna Boy of his safety.

Burna Boy, who has not reacted to any of the tweets, broke his silence on Saturday when he quoted a tweet asking him not to be deceived by the offer of protection from Mr. Malema.

Burna’s tweets read, “Please my people, there should never be a South Africa vs Nigeria war or any African country vs African country war ever. We must unite by any means for the future of our children and their children. I want a united African passport that will be as powerful as the passport.

“Saying I mislead people? And I made up the xenophobic attacks and I should apologise. Really? Lol. In 2015 Even I was a victim of the misguided hate so I know. Go and demand apologies from your REAL Enemies. I am not your Enemy. I will not be called “foreigner” I am AFRICAN. I love South Africa. I love Africa more”.

AKA has also reacted to Burna Boy’s tweet.

The South African rapper who also took a swipe at Malema told his countrymen not to allow politicians to hijack the campaign against Burna Boy.

Check out Burna Boy’s tweets below

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