|Bovi on stage with a Glo Subscriber|
It was fun galore at the Canaan City, as Calabar is fondly called, as the foremost telecommunications company, Globacom, took its high-flying comedy show, Glo Laffta Fest, to the capital city of Cross River.
The show featured top of the range comedy merchants, such as Basketmouth, Arinze Baba, Dan D’humorous, Gordons and Bovi Ugboma, who described Globacom as the biggest corporate promoter of comedy in Africa.
The state-owned Calabar Cultural Centre could hardly contain the crowd which started trooping in as early as 2pm for the comedy show which was scheduled for 4pm. Owing to the intimidating volume of human traffic, the organisers, Globacom, had to position a movie-styled multimedia screen at the foyer from which the proceedings on the stage could be followed by the overflow crowd outside, while others made it to the gallery.
The show was compered by Mercy Johnson-Okojie and Juliet Ibrahim, while the duo of Kanayo O. Kanayo and ‘homeboy’, Bishop Imeh Umoh, popularly known as Okon Lagos were celebrity guests.
Local acts like Emmanuel Debegene, also known as MC Emmaralo, who had been part of the show in Warri and Yenegoa, MC Dayo, Ambassador and British Pastors, who were at the Glo Laffta Fest Owerri, Warri, and Yenagoa got the audience in stitches.
Arinze Baba kicked off the show formally with humorous jabs at Nigerian musicians among other things. He was closely followed by resourceful comics like Senator, Dan D’Humorous, Gordons, Bovi and Basketmouth who feted the crowd to scintillating jives and anecdotes.
Okon Lagos was a cynosure of all eyes as he mounted the stage to simulate his popular Okon theatrics and wise cracks which got the audience reeling in laughter. Mercy and Juliet also created exhilarating moments with their playful antics including pulling off each other’s designer hairs on stage.
Subscribers who either came tops in dancing competitions or correctly answering teasers about Glo products and services were celebrated and honoured with goody bags filled with Glo branded items.
Featuring on Calabar’s favourite radio station, Hit FM, prior to the show on Sunday, Bovi said Globacom's support for the comedy industry had been profound especially with the show which he said was the most popular and largest collection of artistes by any corporate organisation in Nigeria. Other comedians such as Dan D’Humorous, Senator, show anchor, Mercy Johnson-Okojie and celebrity guest KOK accompanied Bovi to the radio station.
“Globacom has been consistent in its support for comedy and comedians in Nigeria," Bovi said, noting that many corporate bodies in Nigeria were yet to fully appreciate the value of promoting entertainment the way Globacom had been doing", he enthused.
He subsequently commended Globacom for being the only one reliable collaborator with many comedians taking them to different parts of the country to interface with their fans which they ordinarily would not have been able to afford in many years using their own limited resources.
The show holds in Uyo this Sunday while other cities including Awka, Ikeja, Ikorodu, FESTAC, Ajah, Asaba, Aba, Suleja, Kubwa, Ibadan, Ijebu Ode, Abeokuta, Ekpoma, Kaduna, Akure, Lokoja, and Anyigba will also host the show in the coming weeks.
Glo subscribers who wish to attend the show 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 Uyo” to 240.