The joker with se­ri­ous pres­i­den­tial as­pi­ra­tions

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Farming - Vusumuzi Dube Sun­day Life Re­porter

TO many he is known as umahlek­isa, oth­ers shorten his first name to call him just Ntando while oth­ers sim­ply re­fer to him as Van Moyo, but for Ntan­doyenkosi Moyo it is not im­por­tant what he is called.

What is im­por­tant to him is his dream and what he has set his sights on - which is to be­come a politi­cian one day — a pres­i­dent for that mat­ter.

Yes, that ever smil­ing standup co­me­dian who at times spots his mis­chie­vously printed Nde­bele Maker t-shirt one day en­vis­ages branch­ing out of the en­ter­tain­ment world and join­ing the hus­tle and bus­tle of pol­i­tics, even set­ting his eyes on the top­most job of be­ing the coun­try’s pres­i­dent.

For some­one who started stand-up com­edy as a pas­time dur­ing his Ad­vanced Level at Lu­veve High School in 2004, the jour­ney Moyo has trav­elled to date is amaz­ing.

Not only is he the brains be­hind the highly suc­cess­ful Umahlek­isa Com­edy Club, he has also per­formed along­side some great names in the com­edy cir­cles in­clud­ing the award win­ning Carl Joshua Ncube, Clive Chigubu and Edgar Langerveldt lo­cally while re­gion­ally he has per­formed along­side renowned South African co­me­di­ans; Ri­aad Moosa and Michael Naicker.

He even rep­re­sented the coun­try in the pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tional Del­phic Com­edy Cham­pi­onships that were held at the Jo’burg The­atre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cham­pi­onships were a com­edy fi­esta which saw funny men from all over the globe con­verge to belt out what they know best.

Sun­day Leisure re­porter Vusumuzi Dube (VD) caught up with the co­me­dian (NM) on the side­lines of his Wed­nes­days Com­edy and Po­etry slam at Pub Lagon­dola and he poured out his heart on his po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions. sim­i­lar treat­ment but my ad­vice to them is to re­main strong and res­o­lute, the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is dif­fi­cult and has its ups and downs. You never know, maybe your next per­for­mance will be the best ever.

VD: You were part of the In­ter­na­tional Del­phic Com­edy Cham­pi­onships that were held in South Africa, tell us about the ex­pe­ri­ence there.

NM: South Africa was amaz­ing. I met comics from as far as Bul­garia, Colom­bia, Nige­ria, Ivory Coast to men­tion just but a few. This was the big­gest stage which most of us dream of when we grew up and were young boys in this en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

In terms of ex­pe­ri­ence it was highly ben­e­fi­cial, at the end of the day it was not about win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion but a learn­ing curve. It was an eye-opener as to how we can im­prove the in­dus­try lo­cally. It showed me our flows in terms of not pro­mot­ing com­edy as an art.

The level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism as­tounded me and I took note to come in­tro­duce some of what I learnt there with my col­leagues in the in­dus­try. Come next year, peo­ple must ex­pect a wholly re­branded Umahlek­isa, in­cor­po­rat­ing what I learnt in South Africa.

VD: Peo­ple know Ntando the co­me­dian, can you tell us about your­self out­side com­edy?

NM: (Chuck­les) Out of com­edy I am a fam­ily man, I have a son who thinks Trevor Noah is try­ing to be me and a girl­friend who thinks I’m not funny at all and I should find a “pay­ing” job.

Sport­ing wise I’m a Bosso and Arsenal fan, which ev­ery­one who knows me is aware of.

How­ever, one thing which very few peo­ple know is that one day I want to be the pres­i­dent of this coun­try, which has been my boy­hood dream as I grew up in a vil­lage think­ing pres­i­dents are given free suits ev­ery day.

VD: Pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe, is this one of your com­edy scripts or you are se­ri­ous?

NM: It has al­ways been my child­hood dream to be pres­i­dent one day and I feel it would be ground break­ing to have a co­me­dian as a pres­i­dent, I mean we have a for­mer foot­baller on the verge of that so I fig­ure a man of hu­mour and charisma would make a good leader.

I don’t care if this takes 20 or even 40 years but this is one thing which will hap­pen one day. I know some­one can laugh at this and think it is just a pipe­line dream but this is some­thing which will cer­tainly hap­pen one day.

VD: With 2018 fast ap­proach­ing what can your fans ex­pect from you dur­ing the last cou­ple of months of 2017 and in the new year?

NM: With 2018 ap­proach­ing the projects at hand are a com­edy fi­esta from 21 to 23 De­cem­ber where we want to bring co­me­di­ans from out­side Zim­babwe to cre­ate syn­er­gies so our lo­cal co­me­di­ans can also travel to their coun­tries.

Dur­ing the fi­esta we will also or­gan­ise work­shops in schools as well as con­duct tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. One big thing I would love to do be­fore the 2018 elec­tions is to have a one-on-one with our Pres­i­dent. And of course we will be do­ing the first ever com­edy awards next year.

VD: Thank you Ntando and good luck in your fu­ture en­deav­ours.

NM: Thank you Mr Dube, please don’t mis­quote me or else I will find an easy way of mak­ing money by su­ing you (laughs).

Ntan­doyenkosi “Van” Moyo

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