Funny side to Christianity on display

UPCOMING stand-up comedian and musician Thuba “Nceku” Sibanda (pictured) is the star attraction at the second edition of the Naletha Media Christian Comedy Night set for New Life Covenant Church in Harare tonight.

BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE

Nceku, a pioneer of Christian stand-up comedy, will be supported by fellow comedians Gabriel “Daddy Gabhu” Gobah and Gweru-based newcomer Benjamin Musadza, also known as Papa Bee the Nigerian.

Vocalist and acoustic guitarist David Machaka will also make a guest appearance providing music entertainment.

To add to the fun, show organisers Naletha Media have introduced a Facebook Christian comedy challenge in which the winner will also make a guest appearance at the event.

“Christian comedians can post a clip on our Facebook page and whoever gets the most likes wins a slot at our show,” Naletha Media co-founder Thamsanqa Bimha said.

The inaugural event was held at Prince Edward School last year.

“Christian Comedy in Zimbabwe is generally not a well-known concept. To a certain extent, we assume reverencing God is by us being serious or sad-looking all the time,” Bimha said.

“Our comedians are story tellers who bring encouragement, impart wisdom and shade light on issues using humor. In the days of Jesus, some people needed parables to understand the kingdom of God. For us, we use comedy.”

The main act Nceku started his career on social media a few years back and has managed to push the work to the stage. He has since attained international recognition having toured Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and the United Kingdom.

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