It is that time of the year again that when people from all over the SADC region and beyond gear up to get down to the fun filled activities offered by the annual Gaborone International Music and Culture (GIMC) week. To kick start spring, slated for the 1st of September 2017 is the GIMC Comedy Extravaganza.
In its third year running GIMC Comedy Night, promises nothing but rib-cracking laughter from legendary comedian John Okafor popularly known as Mr Ibu. This 55 year old Nigerian born actor is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented comic and his acts are often marred with intense stupidity and clear disillusion which lead to hilarious disastrous scenarios.
Alongside Mr Ibo is South Africa’s Thapelo ‘Tips’ Seemise, this muti talented entertainer is well versed as a professional dancer, Choreographer, comedian and actor. He is also a singer and a drummer for his community church choir. This talented and versatile entertainer is trained and actively practicing more than one designated art and is a philanthropist as well. He is frequently engaged in fundraising for under privileged children in his community and as a treat he does a lot of stand-up comedy as well.
Botswana’s finest Oefile ‘Mawee’ Mokgware is also set to set the stage alight at the comedy show. His jokes tend to be more appealing since he is able to capture the local audiences since he will be making reference relevant and familiar to Batswana. From his earlier days making stints at the then Khwest Caf├®, Mawee has grown tremendously in both his talent and his character. He has since performed on international stages among the funniest comedians and will continue to do so at this years GIMC Comedy night.
The GIMC was the brainchild of entrepreneur Thapelo Fish Pabalinga who is confident in the steady growth of the show. Pabalinga stated that they are expecting multitudes of people to attend the different events slated for the last week of August to showcase word class talent across all spectra of performing arts. Pabalinga further said, “People coming fro as far as Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa come through for the festivities and like always we are expecting a good turnout.
GIMC is a platform created to showcase diverse cultural celebration through comedy, music, fashion and an annual Golf Day tournament. A thorough screening and section of the performers then takes place and performers are carefully chosen locally, regionally and internationally. And as an act of corporate social responsibility the GIMC team then donates proceeds to a deserving Non Governmental Organization specifically those established to uplift the less fortunate members of society.