The Eko Comedy Festival 2018 Expands On Role Of Comedy In Nation Building


Wednesday, April 18, 2018  12.06PM / BHM Press Release


Eko Comedy Festival organized by First Class Entertainment, is a festival solely put together to maximize Nigeria’s comedy for economic development, celebrate the comedy industry, tackle challenges on how to attain greater heights and showcase Lagos as a center stage for arts, tourism and culture.


This festival is a celebration of the Nigerian comedy industry in Lagos and presents an opportunity for the stakeholders to come together and celebrate what has indeed become a noble profession and also seek ways to make it  greater.


The first edition of the comedy festival which held in May 2017 featured high profiled entertainers such as Teju Babyface, Bovi, Bisi Olatilo, Bunmi Davies, Basorge and many others.


The Eko Comedy Festival 2018 promises to be fun-filled with more packed activities which will delve into the progression of comedy entertianment and also feature top notch entertainers in Nigeria. It will be a 4-day event scheduled from the 2nd to the 6th of May, 2018. The event schedule is as follows:


  • May 2nd – Conference/ Workshop at Muson Centre
  • May 3rd – Gala night/ Award night
  • May 4th – Picnic
  • May 6th – Lagos Laughs  - Eko Hotel and Suites



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Fela Durotoye -
Adetokunbo Olufela (Oluwafeolami) Durotoye (born in IbadanOyo State on 12 May 1971) is a business consultant and motivational speaker. He is the president of the GEMSTONE Nation Builders Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization targeted at training youths towards transformational leadership and social change. He is an alumnus of Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program of Harvard University. He is married to Tara Fela-Durotoye, a Nigerian makeup artist, lawyer and CEO of House of Tara. They have three sons together.



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Steve Ayorinde -   is the Honorable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture; and until recently was the Honourable Commissioner, Lagos State ministry of Information and Strategy. He is well regarded as one of Nigeria's best renowned film and art critics, who has served on the Juries of some of the world's most recognised film festivals and awards, such as the Toronto International Film FestivalCannes Film FestivalBerlin International Film FestivalAMAA and Mumbai International Film Festival. Steve Ayorinde is a European Union Fellow at the Foundation Journalists-in-Europe (1997-98 set), an alumnus of the prestigious State Department’s International Visitors’ program (IVP) in the United States; Goethe Institute, Berlin and University of Siena for Foreigners, Italy; to mention a few. Steve Ayorinde is happily married to Temitope, and are blessed with three children.

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Bolanle Austen-Peters - is the daughter of Chief Afe Babalola,(SAN) and graduate of the University of Lagos before going on to earn a master's degree in International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Bolanle worked with her father's law firm before joining the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland and later moved to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the United Nations Development Program. She founded the reputable Nigerian arts, education and cultural organization, Terra Kulture in 2003. She is married to Dr. Adegboyega Austen-Peters.

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Abisoye Fagade -  is the Founder and Managing Director of Sodium Group which comprises several entities that cut across Integrated Marketing Communications, Media, FMCG, Hospitality and Oil and Gas industries. A seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years experience;  Abisoye started his career at De United Food Industries Limited where he started as a Brand Executive and grew to become a Brand Support Manager. He moved to Starcomms and later moved to the agency side in 2004.Thereafter, he worked at Tequila; where he managed the MTN ACCOUNT, before he  joined Publicis Consultants/ Soulcomm in 2006 as an Account Director and won accounts such as Ibom 2007, Naira Change Campaign, Access Bank Public Offer, Abuja 2008 and other enriching portfolios. In 2009, he left SO&U Group as an Associate Director to start Sodium Brand Solutions Limited. 

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Abovi Ugboma - (born September 25, 1979), also known as Bovi is a Nigerian comedian. He is also a director, producer, actor, and writer from Delta State, Nigeria. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Bovi Man on Fire across the globe. Bovi Ugboma was born in Benin City, where he attended UNIBEN staff schools. He attended secondary school at Ughelli, in Northern Delta State, and proceeded to Delta State University where he studied Theatre Arts. Bovi began his career in April 2007, starring in the sitcom Extended Family, which he produced, wrote, and packaged. The show was very popular, and by 2008 Bovi was leading comedy shows and events throughout Nigeria. He participated in Nite of a Thousand Laughs organized by Opa Williams. Bovi has worked alongside other Nigerian comedians such as I Go Dye, I Go Save, Basketmouth, Buchi, Odogwu, Okey Bakassi, Julius Agwu and others.


The Nigerian Comedy Industry is steadily and incrementally measuring up to its estimated Billion dollar revenue status; consistently breaking new grounds and expanding its reach beyond the continent.


The Eko Comedy Festival 2018 therefore seeks to give room for newer talents and genres to showcase their talents and test new means of distribution channels and platforms needed to grow the industry.


The Eko Comedy Festival is proudly supported by the Lagos State Government through the ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.


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