Funny girls: Top 7 Nige­rian come­di­ennes

Some of them have been mak­ing Nige­ri­ans and peo­ple around the world laugh for more than a decade. Weekend Magazine makes a list.

Weekly Trust - - Entertainment - Nathaniel Bi­van

Lepa­cious Bose

This re­ally funny woman, who is an ac­tress and en­ter­tainer, isn’t called Lepa­cious Bose be­cause she’s slim. The name it­self could send one into a laugh­ing feat, par­tic­u­larly when you ac­tu­ally see she’s ob­vi­ously far from slim, the mean­ing of the slang ‘lepa’. Once a size 32, she’s now a 14 and has been happy to share her weight loss story. She grad­u­ated from Univer­sity of Ibadan with a de­gree in The­atre Arts and has been in show­biz since where she has fea­tured in a num­ber of Nige­rian films, in­clud­ing a 2014 ro­man­tic com­edy ‘Be­ing Mrs Eliot’.

He­len Paul

Her trade mark is the lit­tle girl voice she has mas­tered. It has made her a ra­dio sen­sa­tion and an adorable on­stage come­di­enne. She doesn’t let-up even when she’s on­set as a host of African Magic Channel hit va­ri­ety TV show ‘Jara’ where she re­ally gets cre­ative and an­i­mated. Her movies are no dif­fer­ent. She has starred in many films, in­clud­ing ‘When Love Hap­pens’ in 2014. When she isn’t work­ing and win­ning awards, she’s ei­ther vis­it­ing the beach, play­ing with her kids or look­ing for­ward to the re­hearsals she con­sid­ers a form of re­lax­ation.

Funke Akindele

She’s one of the most pop­u­lar faces on tele­vi­sion these days. When this award-win­ning ac­tress isn’t featuring in a movie where her use of English leaves view­ers flab­ber­gasted, she’s found do­ing same on ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, a TV se­ries that has ar­guably be­come a fam­ily tonic. Part of Akindele’s walk to lime­light in­cluded featuring in a United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund (UNFPA) spon­sored sit­com ‘I Need to Know’ which ran from 1998 to 2002.

Chig­url

This come­di­enne flaunts her far-from-slim weight and has an in-your-face per­son­al­ity that en­dears. Her out­fit is only part of the ‘hi­lar­i­ous’ that is Chig­url (real name, Chioma Omeruah). Some­times she wears clothes that to­tally scream no against the shoes she wears. But it’s all a part of the role. She has ap­peared in the Nol­ly­wood film ‘Road to Yes­ter­day’.

Princess

Her real name is Damilola Adekoya. She’s one of Nige­ria’s vet­eran come­di­ennes and has no scru­ples mak­ing the au­di­ence laugh at her ex­pense. Princess has made a mark as a com­pere, ac­tress and mo­ti­va­tional speaker. Her roles never cease to be hi­lar­i­ous.

Mandy

Many may re­mem­ber Mandy’s out­ing on the Charley Boy Show in 1992, once a pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion pro­gram. Mandy Uzonit­sha per­formed at Pablo and The Con­ti­nen­tal, a monthly in­ter­na­tional com­edy show that fea­tures top African co­me­di­ans. Her first big break in com­edy was in 1999 when the pub­lish­ers of Hip-hop world magazine started ‘Girls Nite Out’, an event where girls ran the en­tire show from per­for­mance, se­cu­rity to equip­ment.

Omo­tunde Ade­bowale David

She’s a Wa­zo­bia FM On-Air-Per­son­al­ity and a news reader for Cool FM. Re­cently, she cracks the ribs of view­ers in the com­edy se­ries, ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ where she plays Adaku, the food ad­dict. On the Oga Madam Live on Stage show, she does stand-up com­edy, drama, skit, and a lot more. She has said she de­cided to start the stage com­edy skit show to see if peo­ple will like it, and it has worked out since.

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