By Chris Loka:
Ugandan comedian Teacher Mpamire and South African famous Tik-toker Tsoanelo Moyo popularly known as Mozisi met people’s expectations on Boxing Day when they mesmerised with their comics during Vilekeke Night of Laughter at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
Hosted by Nya Uyu, who is also the brains behind Vilekeke Night of Laughter events and Mozisi, the event attracted a good audience including Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi and Minister of National Unity Timothy Mtambo.
The event provided a perfect tonic on Boxing Day as people got entertained on the day with Mr Jokes the first to hit the stage before Teacher Mpamire took over.
Mr Jokes real name Andrea Thonyiwa, who has been in the comic craft for some time and is also a frequent feature on Times Television’s Times Comedy stage also lived up to the billing as his jokes were lively.
He paved way for Teacher Mpamire, who has been in the country on several occasions and he received huge cheers upon entry.
Wearing a checkered suit and armed with a briefcase and books to resonate with his brand of a teacher, he went straight to business to deliver a powerful set that sent the audience into stitches throughout.
With his signature of “Welcome, Welcome, Welcome what?” the comedian showed his creativity in his performance and at the same time, he seemed to have done a very good homework on some of the developments in the country.
His comics touched on several subjects including politics that he served as a teacher to the students which happened to be the audience.
Teacher Mpamire cast his comic net wider when he zeroed in on the country’s current and former presidents and also went on to joke about his country’s President Yoweri Museveni for clinging to power.
“Great show. The support was massive and I enjoyed every moment. It always feels great to perform in Malawi,” Teacher Mpamire said.
He described the platform as a good base for cementing relationships in the comedy world and that he looking forward to have Malawian comedians also perform in Uganda.
“The future of comedy is bright in Malawi. I just want to call upon the corporate world in the country and the government to support comedy. This is a powerful discipline that needs to be supported fully,” the Ugandan comedian said.
Mozisi, who was starring in the country for the first time also said he enjoyed the show.
“The show was a success and amazing. I come from a digital space, Tiktok to be specific and being in a live audience like this was an amazing experience and I am looking forward to more appearances in events of this nature in Malawi,” he said.
One of the people who patronised the event Chinsisi Kambwiri hailed organisers for what he described as a “well organised” show.
“I have enjoyed the performances and I am satisfied,” Kambwiri said.
Nya Uyu, who in July this year also held Vilekeke Night of Laughter christened Billionaires Edition featuring among others international acts such as Zambia’s Vubwi and Botswana’s William Last Krm, said the country is slowly embracing comedy.
“The dream is to raise the flag of Malawi higher and bring life in the comedy industry. We thought of having the Lilongwe Shutdown to end the year on a high note. Next year we will plan for Blantyre and Mzuzu as we did with the previous edition,” she said.
Musicians Patience Namadingo and Kell Kay also starred at the event.