Throwback to approximately two years ago when Ghana’s leading local languague broadcasting network – UTV Ghana announced actor and comedian, Akwasi Boadi, also known as ‘Akrobeto’ as the new addition to the list of its prolific on-air personalities to help disseminate news items to its audience, the whole country was left in a state of what was described as ‘discomfort’ due to his ‘poor’ formal education and journalism background.
Akrobeto was born at Ayirebi in the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern region of Ghana. According to his wikipedia, he did not have any formal education. He was a founding member of the Kristo Asafo drama group, when the drama group was founded by Apostle Kwadwo Safo in the late 1990s, along with Agya Koo, Mercy Asiedu, Nkomode the group performed in the Key Soap Concert Party at the National Theater. In 2008, he started featuring in kumawood movies.
What does an “illiterate” got to do with Journalism or radio and tv presentation? Well! I guess this paragraph will justify his call. Growing up in the sonic landscape of Ghana, we met a different style of practical journalism or broadcasting, thus, instead of employing well trained personalities with qualities like Investigative Skills, Tech-Savviness, Analytical Mind,etc into the field (that would however render the masses jobless), local media houses created shows – dominated by softnews that gave “illiterates” (with basically the ability to entertain an audience by making them laugh) to present on odd days and at odd hours. (Ofcourse no producer will air comedy oriented show on actively working days and hours).
Following his appointment as the host of “The Real News With Akrobeto”, the show and the media house started generating interesting conversations amongst the Ghanaian populace of heterogeneous background, majority of which has been centered on the humor aspect of it. Each episode was anticipated as it has become a weekly dose of laughter to cure boredom and to fight stress. The television show has become the most viewed programmed in Ghana with an overwhelming digital presence. Snippet from the show has become the recent social media memes. Internet users use excerpt from to show as comments to other’s posts.
Fast forward to 2020 – an era where the world is battling the glabal pandemic, Coronavirus, the veteran Kumawood actor has gotten international recognition with his comic news on Ghana’s UTV on Fridays. The show focus on trending news – dominated by entertainment & social news and has recently added sports news. He has made the world a little bit brighter with his hilarious sports presentation sketch. Boadi decided to take a shot at reading out a string of scores from the Premier League during ‘The Real News with Akrobeto’, but not in a way you’d expect.
His pronunciation of the club names as well as the players are ribs breaking. The recent news he aired about Cesar Azpilicueta, the captain of Chelsea Football Club attracted his attention and got features on Spanish tabloid – Marca, El Chiringuito TV, Sport Bible, Footyhumor, Falcons among others. Despite UTV being a Twi TV station, Akrobeto combines English and Twi as the medium of communication to his audience.
AKROBETO HAS GOT THE WORLD LAUGHING OUT LOUD
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Loyiso Gola’s Unlearning Set For Global Premiere
On February 22, 2021, South African comedian, Loyiso Gola, made his debut GQ South Africa magazine March / April cover which is currently available at all newsstands and on digital stores. In a conversation with the South African magazine, the comedian revealed that, his comedy special “Unlearning” will have a global premiere on Netflix on March 23, 2021.
Becoming the first African comedian to have a full solo show on the streaming platform, Gola serves up filter-free humor as he riffs about race, identity, politics, and a school prank gone embarrassingly wrong in what is described as the first African Stand Up Original content of the year by the American over-the-top content platform and production company headquartered in California.
However, it is not his first appearance on Netflix. In 2019, he was part of the comedians to the World special. In 2017, Gola debuted his now critically acclaimed one-hour special, “Unlearning” in Edinburgh, then later at London’s Soho Theatre and the Melbourne Comedy Special. Now, Gola is bringing “Unlearning” to his hometown, Cape Town, filmed at the famed Zeits Mocca, which will debut on Netflix globally.
Unlearning made its debut in 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland, before embarking on a worldwide tour.
“The special communicates grand ideas, which is what art is: an artist uses a framework or method to express an idea. When you read about artwork you get to understand that. So, the special first into that. I’m trying to communicate ideas with which I’ve grappled. I consider ‘Unlearning’ as a special piece of art.”
“I’ve been doing stand-up for 20 years since I was 17 years old. I’ve always maintained I have to be honest with myself. I don’t talk about what I think will be funny; I talk about what I find funny. I have peculiar ideas when it comes to my comedy. Then, I think about how I can make it accessible to an ordinary human being, I communicate the crazy idea of unlearning but everyone gets it.”
Gola TOLD THE MAGAZINE
GQ South Africa‘s March/April 2021 issue is on sale now. Head over to GQ South Africa’s website for more information about the issue.
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Beyoncé Surprises Comedian, Elsa Majimbo With Special Gift
On Monday, Ms Elsa Majimbo shared photos and videos unboxing a gift she had received from Beyoncé off her latest collection dubbed Ivy Park.
Ms Majimbo’s special package from Beyoncé, arrived hours after she changed her Twitter Profile picture to bear a screen shot of her conversation with singer Rihanna.
“I WILL NEVER CHANGE MY PROFILE PICTURE. PERIOD” shared Majimbo.
She went on to also shared a handwritten card she received from Rihanna; “Riri sent me this letter at the beginning of my career and has given me immense support and good advice. You know how much I adore you, have an Amazing and incredible birthday. Sending you great love. Happy Birthday, @rihanna!!!”.
“Comedy Needs A Well Recognized Award Show,” Sydney Talker And Nasty Blaq Cry Out Loud
Nigerian comedians are calling on stakeholders and organizers to invest and setup an award-scheme that will genuinly recognize the effort of entertainers whose act are designed to make an audience laugh. It is believed that, one of the major drives of Nigerian music industry are the awards. If rewards are attached to the quality of our comedy, a lot will change.
In a simaulteneous tweet shared via Twitter, Instagram Comic Actor and Brand Influencer, Sydney ‘Egere’ Talker said, “Comedy needs a well recognized award show.” Nasty Blaq also wrote, “The same energy we are giving to music in this country let’s give it to comedy too ….”
These young talents have defined how instrumental comedians are to the success story of the art/entertainment. Much so that most of them have used their talents to bring smiles to the faces of millions of Nigerians and added their voices the social issues. As a result of this, these comedians have crossed over from making hilarious skits on the internet to the real stage. They also crontibute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Issa Rae Lands An Eight-episode Order At HBO Max For The Half-hour Comedy “Rap Sh*t”
Issa Rae will write the pilot and executive produce an eight-episode comedy series under her Hoorae production banner, after she landed an order at HBO Max for the half-hour comedy “Rap Sh*t.” The project was first announced as being in development in October 2019. It follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the news comes just after HBO announced that the upcoming fifth season of Insecure would be its last. Rae earned a best comedy series Emmy nomination for its most recent season. She’s also an exec producer of two other HBO projects: A Black Lady Sketch Show and the documentary Seen & Heard, about the history of Black representation on television. In addition, Rae is developing a TV adaptation of the podcast Nice White Parents with Adam McKay and a show about backyard wrestling with Dwayne Johnson.
With casting currently underway for a production start this summer, The Variety revealed that, the news keeps Rae in business with WarnerMedia. It was announced around a month ago that her critically-acclaimed, hit HBO comedy series, “Insecure,” would end with its upcoming fifth season. Season 5 is set to debut sometime later this year.
“Insecure” has received widespread critical acclaim across its four seasons, with the series averaging a 95% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has also received a host of award wins and nominations throughout its run. That includes an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations for Rae in the lead actress in a comedy category. She is repped by UTA, 3 Arts, and Hansen Jacobson. Singleton is repped by UTA.
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