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FEATURE REPORT: Akrobeto Has Got The World ‘Laughing Out Loud’

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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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Nigerian Comedians Add Their Voices To “Comedians Against Sexual And Gender Based Violence” Campaign

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Nigerian Comedians; Alibaba, Seyi Law, Broda Shaggi, AY, Lasisi Elenu, Frank Donga, Mr Macaroni, Maraji, Real Warri Pikin, Emma ‘Oh My God’, Taaooma, Kenny Blaq, Josh2Funny, and MC Lively have have added their voices to the campaign “Comedians Against Sexual And Gender Based Violence” by ‘Her Story, Our Story – NG’ to increase public awareness at state and national levels about sexual assault and violence against women as a human rights issue.

In a 2-minutes length video shared on their instagram with a caption, the comedians and influencers took turns to sustain conversations narratives and actions; to counter persistent cycles of sexual and gender-based violence, victim-blaming and the culture of silence, and to condemn creatives who use sexual assault and violence against gender to make jokes. The revealed how every 1 out 3 women in their audience fall a victim to these incidents, thus, are unable to voice out their displeasure.

The campaingn also has the objective of calling on the attention of state governments to the scale of sexual assault and violence against persons in Nigeria: and the critical importance of state government commitment to fund, sustain and replicate Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARCs)

“Every single day, we have the opportunity to examine our own selves for the type of covert and overt behaviours, beliefs and biases that have allowed rape culture to persist. Sexual violence and abuse are not material for entertainment. It is possible for us to make people laugh without minimizing or justifying rape.

Rape jokes are not funny. Call it out! If you’ve been part of this culture, it means that you can also be part of the solution. Wherever you are, start a conversation. Talk to family and friends about how we can work together to end rape culture in our communities.”, Mr Macaroni shared on Instagram

“#CutItOut #RapeisNoJoke #HerStoryOurStoryNG. Tag @HerStoryOSNG, @EUinNigeria and @ngBritish”, AY Comedian also shared

“Las las Dey nor dey tell small Pikin make e nor get Big teet, but make e Big Lip to take Cover am’ Everything na HQ… Every single day, we have the opportunity to examine our own selves for the type of covert and overt behaviours, beliefs and biases that have allowed rape culture to persist.

Sexual violence and abuse are not material for entertainment. It is possible for us to make people laugh without minimizing or justifying rape. Rape jokes are not funny. Call it out! If you’ve been part of this culture, it means that you can also be part of the solution. Wherever you are, start a conversation. Talk to family and friends about how we can work together to end rape culture in our communities”, Real Warri Pikin said

“RAPE IS NO JOKE: Every single day, we have the opportunity to examine our own selves for the type of covert and overt behaviours, beliefs and biases that have allowed rape culture to persist.

Sexual violence and abuse are not material for entertainment. It is possible for us to make people laugh without minimizing or justifying rape. Rape jokes are not funny. Call it out! If you’ve been part of this culture, it means that you can also be part of the solution. Wherever you are, start a conversation. Talk to family and friends about how we can work together to end rape culture in our communities”, MC Lively shared

“Every single day, we have the opportunity to examine our own selves for the type of covert and overt behaviours, beliefs and biases that have allowed rape culture to persist. Sexual violence and abuse are not material for entertainment. It is possible for us to make people laugh without minimizing or justifying rape. Rape jokes are not funny. Call it out!

If you’ve been part of this culture, it means that you can also be part of the solution. Wherever you are, start a conversation. Talk to family and friends about how we can work together to end rape culture in our communities”, Josh2Funny said

“MY MISTAKES. NOW, MY DUTY TO STOP IT. Every single day, we have the opportunity to examine our own selves for the type of covert and overt behaviours, beliefs and biases that have allowed rape culture to persist. Sexual violence and abuse are not material for entertainment. It is possible for us to make people laugh without minimizing or justifying rape. Rape jokes are not funny. Call it out!

If you’ve been part of this culture, it means that you can also be part of the solution. Wherever you are, start a conversation. Talk to family and friends about how we can work together to end rape culture in our communities”, Seyi Law posted on Instagram

According to ‘Her Story, Our Story – NG”, sexual and gender-based violence has become so widespread in Nigeria that its actual daily occurrence, as well as the ever-present fear of being assaulted that women and girls face, have become normalized. It added that, In spite of the size of the problem, there are still limited facilities to help victims and the number of cases of sexual violence and rape that are prosecuted, are very few compared to the number of victims.

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Nasty Blaq Wins ‘Comedian Of The Year” At Peace Achievers Awards – 2020

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Nasty Blaq; Nigeria born comedian and content creator has been honored with ‘Comedian of the Year’ award at the 2020 edition of Peace Achievers International Awards. He was recognized as one of the individuals in Nigeria and Africa, who have demonstrated strong commitment to serving their community, while maintaining a global mindset.

“Comedian of the YEAR. I Dreamt of a day like this and I’m glad it’s coming to pass. A few years ago when I started this journey I did not imagine that success would come as quick as it did. But here I am today…listed among the greats.” Nasty posted on Instagram.

“Thanks to everyone who supports my work including my family,fans,and everyone. I love you guys. Peace Achievers Awards…I am honored. Nastians I love you all deeply”, He added

The Award brought together the best and brightest in Africa to work together towards a more peaceful future. The Peace Achievers Awards has consistently honoured great African Achievers, Community Peace builders, captain of industries across Africa continent. The Award ceremony has fast become established as one of the biggest gathering of influential and global leaders

Known by birthright name as Abisi Emmanuel Ezechukwu, the top Nigerian comedian and actor has carved a niche for himself, becoming one of the few creatives to make Instagram an attractive social community with impeccable contents. He came into the limelight after his comic skits went viral on social media. He has made himself a force to reckon with in the creative economy.

In October, Nasty Blaq, through his production house, RedCup Cinemas, premiered the first episode of his much anticipated web comic series dubbed “Caravan”. It was a beginning of a new journey for Nasty Blaq as his quest to achieve his dream job was almost “marred” after being paired with his social media (Instagram) crush on set in the line of executing his assigned duty.

Nasty Blaq is always in the company of Sydney Talker, Craze Clown, Okiki DFT, Van Josh, and sometimes Davido and other high profile personalities.

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South African Comedian Trevor Noah To Host 2021 GRAMMYs

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The Recording Academy has announced “The Daily Show” host and GRAMMY-nominated comedian Trevor Noah as host of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31. This will be the first time Noah will host Music’s Biggest Night.

“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for Best Pop Album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Noah said in a statement. “I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd GRAMMYs!”

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central.

Also putting Africa on the map is Burna Boy who nabbed his second Grammy Award nomination for his album ‘Twice As Tall’.

source : Grammy.com

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Zimbabwean Comedian, Munya Chawawa, Signs A Record Deal With Atlantic Records – UK

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Zimbabwean-born UK-based comedian, Munya Chawawa, has signed a remunerative deal with Atlantic Records – UK. “I’ve signed to Atlantic Records! Two years of sketches, one Fire in the Booth and a few middle class bars later and here we are! Thank you for supporting my parodies & sharing my sketches, I’m so grateful and deffo cracking open a Shloer tonight. @AtlanticRcrdsUK”, according to his announcement video post on Twitter.

A master of comedy with puns that will have you in stitches, Munya Chawawa has become one of the most promising young comedians to come from the social space. Chawawa developed a plethora of nuanced personalities consumers love to watch. From the infamous newsreader, Barty Crease to the UK’s first posh drill rapper – Unknown P and chef Jamie Oliver’s ‘Caribbean cousin’ Johnny Oliver, his satirical and self-produced videos have led to an impressive roster of characters and many viral moments.

Unknown P is the UK’s first posh drill rapper who clearly lives in his own world. Chawawa uses satire to highlight Britain’s subtle racism, for example, the British media’s watered down reportage of Black Lives Matter, the coronavirus pandemic, classism and other domestic issues. The 27-year-old’s sketches gained even more popularity during the global coronavirus lockdown when comedic relief was certainly a reprieve for many.

By signing with Atlantic he becomes label-mates with the likes of Stormzy, Burna Boy, Cardi B, Lizzo and Ed Sheeran

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