I arrived at Trade Fair, La-Accra, just a quarter to 6pm, on Sunday evening to meet cars packed right from the entrance to the car park of the Fantasy Dome.
The crowd of people I met at the ticket stands about 100 meters away from the main Dome made me felt like I have arrived two hours earlier as event organisers always give media an hour or two as reporting time ahead of events.
To my surprise, when I entered, the about 16,000 capacity Fantasy Dome was more than half full. Some were seated patiently waiting to see their favourite comedians perform whilst others were busy taking selfies at the photo stand nicely decorated in Glo colours at the extreme end of the auditorium.
It was an explosive evening of laughter served hot by an ensemble of some of the best comic acts across Africa. Among these acts were good old Basketmouth, DKB, Gordons, Jacinta, Bovi, Foster Romanus, Seyi Law and Uganda-born Salvadore, all of who took turns to serenade thousands of supporters and customers of Glo.
The evening started on a lighter note with performances by exuberant upcoming comedians, excited about the chance of engaging such huge crowd for the first time in their entire budding careers. These imminent comedians included MJ the Comedian, E-Laff, Comedian Waris and David Crypto.
Waris the Comedian’s performance was the best among his category. He entered dancing to an Akwaaba track, and his first comedy was about the fact that Ghanaians are always late to events and workplace to the extent that even in death, they are late, to huge roars of laughter.
In addition to that, he also got the audience broken down in laughter when he played on the Slay Queens who visit their guys at home only to start a flatulent competition. In all, it was a good start for the upcoming comedians and I will like to see them again at the next edition of the Glo Laffta Fest, to compare and ascertain if they can put up similar performance or even better.
The Head of Business Globacom Ghana, Augustine Mamoru, addressing the audience said, Globacom Ghana is stronger now than ever and will be introducing new promotions and offers in the near future to complement the existing ones in order to ensure that customers get value for their money.
“Glo offer high affordable data and voice services and is considered the grand master of data. I encourage all here to continue using Glo and also share the good news with their friends and family to join Glo to enjoy unlimited services at affordable prices in the years ahead,” he said.
Jacinta, who was the first among the first batch of stars to mount the stage, did not disappoint, as she rendered a side-splitting account of herself, throwing shades at her experience in trying to lose weight. She used the jokes to advise ladies never to be disappointed in their physical features. Jacinta’s performance on such a huge stage was flawless and won her accolades from a highly appreciative audience.
Seyi Law equally wowed the audience with an exemplary performance and so did DKB, Salvador and Foster Romanus in that order.
The bigger ‘boys’, Bovi, Gordons and Basketmouth were in a world of their own at the show as they respectively and expertly carried their audiences to levels where laughter appeared to cease to be medicinal. The audience was helplessly hysterical.
Gordons had a way with his gait, walk and facial demeanour that usually sends people scrunching before he even gets to hurl his very first joke. He put all of these to work to make the evening an enjoyable one for the very appreciative audience.
Bovi’s performance was full of energy and excitement as the audience made up of about 60 percent Nigerians could relate to almost phrase to phrase with his performance.
His jokes that got the audience craziest included: “any man that is married to Joselyn Dumas has already committed polygamist because she is a ‘3 in 1’ creation.” Another one was when he said: “for the first time I tasted a Ghanaian Jollof at a restaurant today and I must confess that it tastes better than Nigeria Jollof. So, I asked to see the chef that cooked that food, the beautiful lady came out and she turns out to be a Nigerian.”
Basketmouth, was the last Comedian to perform on the night. He did not disappoint either as the fans enjoyed every bit of his performance.
In general, it was a crazy night of fun as everybody that was present at the Fantasy Dome was drank in laughter. On my way out of the venue, I could hear people revising and repeating the jokes from the various comedians as they walk to the road side.
Chief Dele Momodu, publisher of Ovation and a special guest described the event as a great one. “It was fantastic. The crowd was massive. It is the biggest comedy event I’ve attended in Ghana. I had a nice time and I’m sure thousands of others also enjoyed the show to the fullest”, he said.
In all, the Glo Laffta fest was a major opportunity for Glo to appreciate its subscribers in Ghana. More importantly, it was an occasion to connect with many of them, boost their passion for happiness and laughter.
With the first event gone, attention now shifts to the second encounter, the Mega Music Show, coming up on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the same Fantasy Dome. The music event is fully loaded with Sarkodie, Davido, Flavour Tekno and Yemi Alade on the bill. A statement from Glo promised subscribers a swell time with these music superstars on August 25.
However, I will recommend that the next Glo Laffta Fest, be started much earlier so that it will not run that late into the night since people will be go going to work the next day and will not want to spend a whole Sunday night out.
The Hosts/Masters of Ceremony (MC) were celebrated actresses, Juliet Ibrahim and Uche Jumbo.