Inclement weather was not enough to dampen the spirit of the residents of Yenagoa, on Sunday as Nigeria’s biggest comedy show; Glo Laffta Fest hit the Bayesa State capital.
The sky suddenly became overcast just minutes into the rolling out of the green carpet preparatory to the actual commencement of the highly anticipated show. Fun-seekers however ignored the ominous sky and kept trooping into the Bayelsa State Cultural Centre even as it began to pour torrentially.
In spite of the heavy rain, Yenagoa residents continued to arrive in cars and buses and were escorted from the gate into the hall under the cover of several huge Glo-branded parasols provided by the telecom giant.
The hall was filled to capacity, with many fun-seekers standing in the back, along the sides of the hall and in the gallery as DJ XGee dished out pulsating music to warm up the audience.
The show was opened by up and coming acts such as the promising home boy, Emmanuel Debegene, popularly called MC Emmaralo, Don Wizzy, British Pastors, who also featured in Glo Laffta Fest Owerri and Warri, Barrack king and G-Bones. They set the mood for the celebrated comedians who later performed.
Lagos-based comedian and on-air-personality De Don was the first of the celebrated comics to step on stage. He sent the audience reeling in bouts of laughter with lots of wisecracks mainly centred on the current economic hardship plaguing the nation.
The best of his routine was around the illogical behaviour of people who indulge in illicit drugs, especially Indian hemp.
The next major act was Seyi Law, who was making his first appearance in this season of the very popular comedy extravaganza. Seyi Law entertained the audience with the innocent, yet meaningful antics of his daughter, Tiwa, born to him and his wife, Ebere in September, last year. The adorable baby, according to him, would simply not brook any competition from him.
Seyi Law yielded the stage for Senator who gave Bayelsa women something to cheer about when he joked that they are so street-wise that no man could take advantage of them even if they (the women) were drunk. His exit joke, for which he got the loudest applause, was about people who assume false airs after only a few days in foreign countries.
Other performers include Dan D’Humorous, who has remained constant in the current season of the show, 2CanTok, who got a sustained ovation for his hilarious parallel between rich and poor people’s lifestyles, and the kingpin of the night, Gordons who wrapped up the show with side-splitting jokes.
Screen goddess, Mercy Johnson-Okojie anchored the explosive show, which also provided a platform to celebrate different categories of Globacom subscribers.
Glo subscriber and student, Gift Osareme beat other ladies to collect a goody bag for her dancing dexterity while in the male category, Simeone Soroghaye, a worker and part-time student walked home with the winning prize.
Subscribers who correctly answered questions about Glo products and services were also celebrated and presented with goody bags.
Veteran Nollywood actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo and Nollywood diva, Angela Okorie provided additional excitement at the show as the celebrity guests of the evening.
The next destination of the show is Calabar on Sunday. Other cities that will host the show in the weeks ahead include Awka, Ikeja, Ikorodu, FESTAC, Ajah, Asaba, Aba, Suleja, Kubwa, 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 Calabar” to 240.