Dear 5: My Address to You

In today’s #lockdown blog challenge, which also marks day 3, writers are to say five things to five different people and below are the group I wish to address in this post:

  1. To the young single woman

I know you have a lot of fantasies and one of them is to be swept off your feet and fall head-over-heels in love with Prince Charming. You have been doing a lot in your power to ascertain this happens but before you agree to spend the rest of your life with him, ensure you are good friends. Do not sweep the red flags under the carpet because they always pop up some time later in the marriage and when that happens, the ‘forever’ journey becomes very difficult to navigate.

2. To the unemployed graduate

This period of your life may be a little confusing as you are still trying to put your dreams and vision into perspective. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Some of those job ads are genuine, thus, keep on applying. The fact that you haven’t received any favourable responses yet do not imply you aren’t good enough. Keep writing those applications and one of them will fetch you the awesome news you’ve been waiting to hear.

3. To upcoming bloggers and content creator

This job/hobby/pastime or whatever you may choose to call it is not a walk in the park. If you are here for the fame or the money or the number of followers, then find something else to do. Blogging and other forms of content creation require passion and consistency. Like the way you’ll feed a child, ensure you consistently feed your blog with engaging content. To be able to do that, select a subject that you are passionate about, if not, you will be gaping for air like a fish that has been taken out of water in future.

4. To all comedians worldwide

This may be a little strange and random but if no one has appreciated you for the awesome job you’ve been doing, then I am doing that in this post. Life in itself is full of challenges and a little boring at times but we are grateful to God for giving you guys the creative ability to put smiles on our faces . A honourary mention to Basketmouth, Trevor Noah, Nana Gyasi Owusu (Ghana) etc

5. To the struggling Christian

Hey. Don’t ever think God has forsaken you. When He died on the cross, He had you in mind. He forgave you your transgressions. He knows you may have such moments in your life that is why He is always willing to forgive you. Don’t let that incident weigh you down, go on your knees and confess it. He understands.

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Christians Laugh it Off with Parrot Mouth

It was an evening of good music and laughter at the fourth edition of Laugh it Off with Parrot Mouth. The event, which took place at the International Central Gospel Church, Prayer Temple at North Legon, saw dozens of comedians from Nigeria and Ghana mounting the pulpit and cracking a selection of jokes to a jam-packed auditorium. Comedians who performed at this year’s edition included Funny Mouth, Onumsky, MC Linkage, T-Kay, Jacinta, Forster Romanus, MJ, Comedian Waris, Parrot Mouth himself among others.

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The subject of the jokes varied and included those that made fun of the popular pastor, Bishop Obinim, relationships issues, the behaviour of girls/ladies and the differences between Ghanaians and Nigerians. A few of the comedians broke the jinx and told ‘trotro’ jokes and one on popular local nursery rhymes which got a massive reaction from the audience.

Personally, the comedian who ‘killed’ it for the night was Uncle Kobby who doubled as the MC in the initial stages. He shared jokes about his looks and how using Obinim’s sticker had improved that. He made fun of other performers and almost everyone who walked into the show. His taunts knew no bounds and even when the Host Pastor, Reverend Ofori Awuku walked in, Uncle Kobby asked the audience to assess the extent of God’s glory on the man of God. This was a preamble to an earlier joke he had made about the glory of God (good looks) rubbing off on either a man of God or his wife.

The host of the show, Parrot Mouth, also did his thing. He shared jokes on the Ghanaian-Nigerian differences, made fun of the people who contributed to his productions as well as other comedians who were present at the event. Parrot Mouth also shared his testimony on some of the challenges he faced in producing the annual event in the past four years. He did not fail to acknowledge the influence of Rev. Awuku on his life and the course he has taken. The Bishop of Comedy, as he likes to be known, emphasised on how his relationship with Rev. Awuku had aided in shaping his vision and helping him surmount his production challenges.

There were some musical interludes from Max Praise who shook up the venue with his rendition of some popular gospel tunes. Urban Gospel Musician, Kingzkid also performed I got my Jesus on and his latest track which is yet to be released, God Forbid.