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Alibaba presents car, cash prizes to Spontaneity winners

Ali Baba and Dee-One
Alibaba presents car, cash prizes to Spontaneity winnersThe presentation of the car to Adedayo who goes by the stage name Dee-One, took place on Tuesday afternoon at Alibaba’s office in Lekki, Lagos.

Also, first runner-up, Emeakpore Ofajenue (Short Family), a Microbiology graduate of Delta State University, Abraka and second runner-up, Olayiwole Tolulope (Remote), a Mass Communication student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere, Ogun State both went home with N250, 000 and N200, 000 cash prizes respectively.

The architecture graduate from the Covenant University, Ota had emerged winner at the finals of the competition which tested the ability of mostly up and coming comedians to create jokes on the spur of the moment. It held during Alibaba’s signature January 1 show at the Eko Hotel and Suites.

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“The show, Spontaneity came as a need to take the comedy industry to the next level,” said Alibaba who started doing professional stand-up comedy in Lagos since 1989.

“The standards are being watered down. Comedians are repeating jokes, comedians are stealing jokes, comedians are going back to archives, picking people’s jokes and re-telling them, comedians are taking jokes from foreign comedians and re-telling them like Nigerian jokes.

 “To be sincere, stand-up comedy is a very difficult art form because when you tell the joke, if it is not very nice, you get immediate reaction. If you tell and they (audience) don’t laugh, that’s it. And we thought that the best way is to go by what we call the Holy Grail of stand-up comedy which is spontaneity. Spontaneity is the ability of the comedian to hold the microphone and be funny without thinking of any other thing. And I thought we needed to inculcate it in the art of the comedians.”

Spontaneity is a quarterly event which sees 12 comedians slug it out with each other for the first three positions. The top three comedians from the four editions have a chance to compete at the grand finale which holds during Alibaba’s January 1 show.

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