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Many comedians copy my jokes —Gandoki

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Popular comedian, Tony Ereku (aka Gandoki), may be described as one of the most accomplished men in Nigeria at the moment, having just set a new world record in stand-up comedy.

The comedian achieved this feat in a performance held at the Exclusive Mansions Hotel in Victoria, Lagos, which lasted from Thursday, September 29 to Saturday, October.

Remarking that no other comedian has ever broken the record before now, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, he says, “My performance covered a total of 42 hours, 12 seconds. It started at about 8pm on Thursday and ended around 1pm on Saturday. I beat a previous record set by an American comedian.”

He achieved the feat in the presence of a delegation from the Guinness Book of Records. The performance was streamed live before a global audience between last Thursday and Saturday.

Gandoki says there was no contest and that he put up the performance intentionally, after several months of planning and practice, just to break the record set by the American.

While preparing for the task, he focused on the basic details, such as how to stand on his feet for so many hours at a stretch, how to continue talking without a pause and more important, how to sustain the attention of his audience.

Our correspondent gathered that many of the comedian’s colleagues were also in attendance. One of them was so awed by his performance, especially the spontaneity of the jokes, that he confessed, much later, that about 70 per cent of other stand-up comedians in Nigeria always recycled Gandoki’s jokes.

“A colleague said that in my presence, not me. But I was surprised to learn this,” Gandoki recalls.

Some of the other comedians who witnessed Gandoki ‘dethrone’ the American comedian include Ali Baba, Bovi, Kofi, Seyilaw, Ushbebe and Shakara, to mention a few.

Also, describing the solo performance as very challenging, the comedian says, “One of the rules was that I should never pause. Even if I did, it must not be up to one minute. I was expected to keep talking and I did. Also, I was only allowed a break once and it was for 16 minutes.”

Interestingly, he admits that he did not rehearse any joke for the event before going on stage last Thursday, “Apart from concentrating on how to stay awake and to make my audience laugh while it lasted, I didn’t prepare any special joke. But the jokes kept coming and tumbling out of my mouth,” he says.

Explaining what motivated him to undertake such a challenging task, he says, “When I looked at my career and my past performances, particularly at the annual comedy event, Night of A Thousand Laughs, it occurred to me that I had covered a total of about 148 hours between 1998 and 2016.”

The comedian also notes that his performance was aided by his penchant for spontaneous jokes and the habit of adapting his performance to any environment that he finds himself.

Commenting on the feat, Ali Baba says, “It will open the minds of comedians, especially those who are feeding off their colleagues’ jokes, to the fact they can tell jokes as long as they are talented and spontaneous. The only way to go is to be original.”

Also, Bovi notes that Gandoki’s record-breaking performance has shown he is one of the greatest comedians of all time. “The quality of his performance is the real record. No minute passed without him saying something that elicited laughter. He is a spirit,” he says.

Source: Punch

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

Former Governor of Lagos state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commented on the Lekki toll gate shooting that left many dead and several others injured.

The Lagos politician who was interviewed via telephone by a Channels TV reporter, Olu Philips, shared his shock over the shooting and also revealed that he is ready to complain to the highest authorities.

Contrary to people’s predictions, Tinubu however denied ordering the shooting and also stated that he can only control his security guard. He again reiterated that he will never be part of any group that uses live ammunition against protesters.

Insisting that he has always been an activist, the APC Chieftain expressed sympathy for the victims of the incident and advised the federal government to “fish out whoever gave the order (for the shooting) and put them on trial”.

He then recalled how he was falsely accused of being behind #EndSARS protests. Tinubu who noted that he doesn’t believe that Buhari ordered the shooting, appealed for calm over the incident. He also denied having a stake in the Lekki toll gate or suffering a loss due to the continous blockage of the area by #EndSARS protesters.

He said,

“It is early hours of the morning, there’s no way I can talk to the authorities or wake them up now. I have tried to reach the NSA, I have tried to reach the head of the army.

“You don’t call the president at this hour, but I strongly condemn the act. There are other means of settling or dispersing protest. Why would they use live bullets? There are rubber bullets.

“I am not even sure yet they are Nigerian army, I am not sure how well the uniforms of the army are controlled. But that is not as critical as the bloodshed that has occurred.

“We have lost our sleep, we have lost our peace of mind, (and) we just have to deal with it.”

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

It has been reported that the National Security, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari, would come up with solutions to the ongoing violence erupting in parts of the country ”in the next few hours”.

Babagana Monguno Says Buhari Is Coming Up With Solutions

According to Punch, May Babagana did not disclose the solutions, he said they would communicate to parties concerned.

Mongunu revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security presided over the President.

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

He said,

“The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

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“Please If Anything Happens To Me, It Wasn’t Ordinary” – Ex BBN Ifu Ennada

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“Please If Anything Happens To Me, It Wasn’t Ordinary” – Ex BBN Ifu Ennada

Nigerian reality TV star and actress, Ifu Ennada has disclosed that she is being threatened over her involvement with the ongoing #endsars protests.

The former BBNAIJA housemate told her fans that if anything bad happens to her, they should be aware that it isn’t ordinary, because she’s getting threat messages from anonymous people.

She wrote;

“They are threatening me! Guys the people where I live are getting calls that I should stop posting about these things.

Please if anything happens to me, just know that it wasn’t ordinary. I’m not posting things that aren’t happening or things that others are not already posting”.

She further mentioned that her location is currently off, and she isn’t home, so no one can trace where she is.

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