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Comedy Needs Federal Government Support-Buchi

One of the nations top comedians, Buchi Buchi-has urged government at all levels to support the comedy industry through annual budgetary grants to the sector.

The entertainer, who real name is Onyebuchi Ojieh, in an interview  in Lagos on Wednesday said that such a grant would provide a launching pad for budding entertainers to thrive.

He said that it was very difficult for upcoming comedians to find their feet in a very competitive industry that was still at its nascent stage.
Buchi commended the well-established comedians for supporting their budding colleagues to again recognition.

 

“For us, comedy shows are like contribution, everybody will gather together; you can’t charge me, when it reaches my turn, when I call you, you will come.”

“You know in contribution, everybody will pay, pay and pay; if it is your turn to collect, you will collect; we will like musicians who will charge each other for collaboration.”

“I don’t think there’s any comedian that really charges any comedian to do shows.

The comedian confirmed the emergence of a full fledged the comedy industry, while acknowledging the fact it still growing thus the need for government support.

He charged the federal government to emulate what state government like Lagos is doing with the entertainment industry “Comedy is still the only show that we don’t have the government body coming in to really support, you see Lagos State doing shows with musicians, doing shows with theatre, with actors, but not really with comedians.

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