FUNNY MAN: Francis Odega, of the “Gerrara Here” online clip fame
Nigerian actor and online sensation, Francis Odega, of the “Gerrara Here” online clip fame will next weekend set ablaze the stage at a comedy spectacle at the Stanbic Piazza at Molapo Crossing in the capital city Gaborone.
The Nollywood star will share the stage with some local talent Jujuvine Sekolokwane and Paps alongside Zimbabwean, Charles Manase.
Odega has been in the movie industry in his native, Nigeria since 1996 and has starred in over 300 movies including House of Gold, Apana, Thick Madam, Classic Love and My Romeo Boy.
The online sensation came into stardom after American artist, 50 cent shared his “Gerrara Here” clip on Instagram. Incidentally, the clip was from a three part movie he had starred in 3 years earlier, Welcome to South, Back to South and Agony of South. The video clip was originally posted by a close friend of his on social media.
He has been counting his gains since the video clip that turned him into an online hit went viral. Following the skit, he signed a multimillion Naira endorsement deal with telecommunications company Etisalat as its brand ambassador.
He is one of the pioneering comedians of the popular Nigerian Night Of A Thousand Laughs comedy show. In 2013, Odega won "Best Actor" award alongside Hlomla Dandala in the "Best African Collaboration" category at the 2013 Ghana Movie Awards.
Odega is an Economics graduate from Ambrose Ali University. He has been quoted in the media in Nigeria as saying that he had always had a passion for acting and comedy.
He was mentored by the late Sam Loco Efe who was one of Nollywood’s pioneers of comedy.
Alongside 50 cent, Snoop Dogg, Tiny Tempah and P Square follow him on social media and are reportedly fans of the comedian.
The Gerrara Here comedy spectacle is expected to be a family orientated event despite the winter season. Families can snuggle up in blankets provided by the laugh out team as they are kept warm by heaters and beverages provided by the organisers.
The show will also feature local comic, Jujuvine, another social media darling as well as Paps and Charles Manase, according to 6Pac Promotions Managing Director Tlotlo Letsomo.
Manase has been in comedy circles for a while now and his multilingual skills and wit have earned him a fan base in Botswana, which he has in the past called his ‘second home’. The used-to-be shy 26 year old comic is one of the most respected comedians both in his home country, Zimbabwebwe and locally.
As for Jujuvine, who also ended up on stage after his online skits caught the attention of many comedy lovers, and perhaps garnered for him more fame than his music career, his journey performing comedy is off to a good start as so far his performances at his maiden show alongside comedy greats such as Sifiso Nene, Mawee and The Master, left behind none complaints.
“This Laugh Out Loud initiative with Mr Francis Gerara Here Odega, will not only give Batswana a good laugh but is also a form of cultural and skill exchange between Botswana and Nigeria,” said organiser, Obakeng Mmusinyane.
Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status
DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.
In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.
When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.
To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.
DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.
DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.
Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!
The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!
Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.
However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.
In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.
While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.
In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.