Africa’s entertainment industry is a fledging sector that consists of actors, singers, comedians, model, fashion designers, DJs etc.
However, comedy has been on the rise with African comedians fast becoming internationally renowned. I present what I believe to be the two best comedians from Africa. You might have watched their videos on youtube, attended shows they performed be it in Lagos, Cape-town, or London and New York. If you have not heard of them yet, do that after you finish reading this article, you sure will not be disappointed.
For me, Trevor Noah is the best comedian the continent has to offer at the moment. He is absolutely incredible.
The funny man Trevor Noah was named Comic of the Year at the annual Comics’ Choice awards ceremony in Johannesburg last July, reported Timeslive.co.za
The Crazy Normal comedian, who is currently based in the US, beat the likes of Nick Rabinowitz, Loyiso Gola and Riaad Moosa to get first prize.
The Comic of the Year award is given to a comic who has performed professionally for at least four years and has made the most impact in the last year. This was the second Comics’ Choice awards held to celebrate the country’s best comedians.
Notably, this comedy aspect of the glamorous entertainment industry parades men and even women with impeccable character, thorough-bred comic acts whose job, most of the time, is to reel out jokes intended to teach wisdom, morals, entertain and bring joy and laughter into the hearts of their listening or viewing audience.
Worthy of mentioning are two notable personalities who have contributed, to a large extent, to the growth of the industry, Akpoborie Halleluyah Atoyota a.k.a. Ali Baba and Bright Onyekwere Okpocha popularly referred to as Basketmouth. The two are currently in a battle for supremacy. The former is self-acclaimed ‘King of Comedy’ while the later proclaims himself to be undaunted ‘African King of Comedy’, his forthcoming show tagged ‘African Kings of Comedy’ is a pointer to this.
Ordinarily, a show of that magnanimity is expected to feature the acclaimed king of comedy, Ali Baba, who reigns supreme in Nigeria as grandfather of the undisputable present day/ new generation comedy, but to the dismay of industry watchers and stakeholders, his name, is conspicuously missing from the list of comedians billed to perform at the Trace TV/Basketmouth packaged event on 26th of May, 2012 at Expo Hall, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Access Bank sponsored most-hyped event is said to be the most expensive comedy show ever recorded in this part of the world as regular ticket goes for N10,000. Tongues, however, are already wagging why the name of Ali Baba is erased from the A-list comedians.
Be that as it may, Basketmouth, no doubt, in the past years, have recorded an unprecedented success, this automatically has shot him to the cadre of international comedians as he has won amongst others, number two Comedian in Africa, obviously the best in Nigeria.
These two Africans remind are important in their own ways. They share stories about serious issues in funny way, giving humor to some of the most pressing challenges that our continent faces.
Who do you think is the best in the continent? Leave your comment!