Award-win­ning poet turns to com­edy

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Farming - Fair­ness Moy­ana Sun­day Leisure Correspondent

NAMA award-win­ning poet, Obert Dube has added a new feather to his hat by ven­tur­ing into stand-up com­edy.

Dube, who re­cently grad­u­ated with a Diploma in Hu­man Re­sources Man­age­ment seems to have joined the band­wagon of a string of artistes who have ex­tended their pres­ence into other art forms. The Vic­to­ria Falls­based poet said com­edy was his first in­ter­est. How­ever, it was po­etry that he used to open doors hav­ing kick­started his com­edy cru­sade late last year.

“Com­edy came first but po­etry opened doors for me. I was do­ing com­edy just for the fun of it. I would com­pose jokes and post them on dif­fer­ent plat­forms such as Face­book and What­sApp. Peo­ple loved them and one friend of mine ad­vised me to take the ini­tia­tive se­ri­ously. Be­fore long peo­ple started en­gag­ing me to present at var­i­ous events that in­cluded wed­dings, par­ties and con­fer­ences. I’m happy that I have two po­ems that went vi­ral but it was the com­edy side that has helped me to re­unite with my po­etry fans lo­cally, re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” said Dube.

“I’m from a Zion­ist church that is be­lieved to be of un­e­d­u­cated peo­ple, ac­tu­ally there is large sec­tion of so­ci­ety that thinks that artistes are un­e­d­u­cated and ven­ture into art out of des­per­a­tion. How­ever, I would like to dis­agree with that mind­set. I’m a tes­ti­mony that we have what it takes in terms of ed­u­ca­tion just like any other pro­fes­sion­als,” he said.

Dube said as a mas­ter at cer­e­monies the tran­si­tion from po­etry to stand-up com­edy wasn’t dif­fi­culty as the two com­ple­ment one an­other.

“I have not aban­doned po­etry as some would con­clude, it is ac­tu­ally grow­ing stronger by the day. The two go hand in glove. I al­ways do both, they com­ple­ment each other.”

The pint-sized, en­er­getic poet pop­u­larly known by his le­gions of fans as Isi­bani sami says he is work­ing on pro­duc­ing a series of video clips af­ter se­cur­ing spon­sor­ship from one of his fans.

“I have gone com­mer­cial and so far so good. I have man­aged to court the at­ten­tion of a well-wisher who has of­fered to spon­sor the pro­duc­tion of a video clips, more like what you see with the likes of Ghana­ian co­me­dian, Kan­si­ime. I hope to con­tinue boost­ing my rat­ings by be­com­ing more vis­i­ble as my jokes are be­ing fol­lowed in many South­ern African coun­tries, Europe, Ghana and Nige­ria amongst oth­ers.”

Dube, who has rep­re­sented the coun­try at re­gional fes­ti­vals, said he is look­ing for­ward to a busy year as he had tours lined up in Europe, Swazi­land for an an­nual fes­ti­val and is record­ing his fourth al­bum.

Dube who is from Lu­pane broke the record when he landed the Most Out­stand­ing poet in 2014 for his al­bum We are one, a non-racial and tribal of­fer­ing that sought to unify the di­verse cul­tures found in the coun­try and Africa.

He has pro­duced three al­bums and two videos which have in­creased his vis­i­bil­ity and tal­ent, en­abling him to par­tic­i­pate at re­gional show­cases. He has fea­tured as Na­tional Aids Coun­cil (NAC) am­bas­sador on aware­ness cam­paigns in the re­gion.

Obert Dube (top left)

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