On a night that saw Uganda walk away empty-handed, it is safe to say that at least one of our own, Patrick Idringi aka Salvado, flew the black-yellow- red flag very high.
From the moment the comedian got on stage at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, one
could feel the anticipation in the hall. When he went back and in now signature opening joke asked the presenter IK Osakioduwa to reintroduce him, the stage was set.
Key to gripping an audience is preparation. In a place with majority Nigerians, Salvado’s jokes on their food, film and music were spot-on.
For starters, he was happy to be in Nigeria – “the land of Ramsey Noah, Genevieve Nnaji, fufu and juju (witchcraft)”.
“I love the food here. Especially the jollof rice, but the pepper! If burns during the input and out…” he said, sending the audience into bouts of laughter and applause.
No show starts and ends without him sending greetings to all the beautiful ladies. All is well until you point out those with fake hair and assure them how the cost of all their purchased hair combined can finance such a big-budget awards ceremony.
One was left wondering whether the applause was from the men or the women celebrating their hairy wealth.
Salvado, despite being from Uganda, knows so much about Nigerian celebrities and their lifestyle as he was able to crack several jokes about the present condition in Nigeria.
This is probably thanks to his strong friendship with Nigerian top comedian Basket Mouth.
On a stage graced by other comedians, singers including Zonke, Yemi Alade and Mr Flavour, Salvado stole the show and was the only performer who got a standing ovation as he walked off stage with a look that said: “I killed this performance!” Without a doubt, our own was the night’s best performer. On the flight back to Uganda, it dawned on me that this country has a big star. I understood why random people in Entebbe, Cotolu, Lagos and different places we made stops could not wait to take to take a selfie with him. Maximum respect, ‘Salivado’ The Man From Ombokolo and congs on the newborn baby, Ayden.