Colloquium on African Stand-up Comedy Practice


STIAS is planning to host a colloquium which aims to chart the future course of stand-up research in Africa. The colloquium will be convened by STIAS Iso Lomso fellow, Dr Izuu Nwankwo.

Call for Papers

Popular arts became prevalent at the dawn of 1990s across sub-Saharan Africa partly due to its affordability and comparative ease. The inability of producers of arts to sustain more conventional art forms in music, theatre and film, following economic downturns across the continent, meant that artists resorted to other mediums of expression. Thus, emerged artistic forms like video films, stand-up comedy and the strengthening of more hybrid forms of music.

Increasing demand for laughter, perhaps for reasons of continued economic hardships in several countries, gave rise to the emergence of…

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