Talent hunt champion, Gift Loveday has been christened as the Prince of Comedy The King of the industry who was also the Lead Judge, Comedy Central’s Grab The Mic(CCGM) celebrated the 25 year old champion with the name as he emerged the winner of the maiden (CCGM) competition.
Loveday, a Maltina wildcard contestant on Saturday walked home with the grand prize of N1.5 million with the golden opportunity of sharing the stage with the King pf Comdey Ali Baba come 2018.
Loveday who wowed the judges and crowd with his spontaneous deliveries won the title ahead of seven other talented finalists: Nyerhorwo Ndaxwell and Emmanuel Oliver from Jos, Daniel Jonah Nyah and Oveze Godwin Jagbojo from Lagos, Coxson Christian and Justice Kalawa from Port Harcourt including the other Maltina Wild Card contestant, Desmond Eghaghe from Port Harcourt on the final stage in Lagos.
“Loveday has been consistent with his phenomenal performances on the Grab The Mic stage since his first arrival and throughout the entire competition. He is truly a force to reckon with as i see him emerging as a golden prince to in the industry,” Ali Baba said.
Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and growing up at Nembe LGA in Bayelsa State, the second son and fifth born in a family of seven, has pursued comedy professionally for the last seven years.
The two-hour television broadcast, which also featured stand-up performances from Ali Baba and Chigurl together with a musical performance from Falz, was hosted by Comedian Seyi Law and will be air on December 17 on Comedy Central(DSTV channel 122) and MTV Base (DSTV channel 322). Photo from the Grab the Mic at the weekend in Lagos, Gift Loveday in the middle of Funke Akindele and Ali Baba. joineed by other judges of the competion.
At the finale, the selected contestants were given the opportunity to impress the judges including head judge Ali Baba and co-judges Funke Akindele and Frank Donga, after which the judges rated Loveday as the ultimate winner.
An emotional and elated Loveday was grateful for the incredible opportunity and expressed his appreciation for the experience and growth he has gained from his participation in the show.
“The journey has been long; weeks of practice and focus but in the end. I thank the Almighty God for helping me express my talent through the Comedy Central’s Grab The Mic and more importantly, making my light shine among thousands. Here I am, standing as the 1st winner for the Comedy Central Grab The Mic with Maltina,” elated Loveday said.
The run up to the competition in the last few weeks has provided Nigeria’s young talent the platform to grow and refine their skills and confidence on stage and with diverse audiences.
Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa, Alex Okosi, said, “This has been an important investment together with Maltina in creating a strong platform for identifying and showcasing the next great generation of comedic talent in Nigeria. Grab The Mic successfully delivered on our goal of providing inspiration and mentorship to the emerging entertainers that participated in the campaign as they collaborated on the same platforms with established stars.”
The Portfolio Manager, Non Alcoholic Drinks for Nigerian Breweries Plc, Olayinka Bakare, in his own remarks said, “It has been a very exciting journey for Maltina.
We recognize that life happens and we can sometimes forget to just laugh. Maltina looks to remind people that there is always something to laugh about. We are proud to have partnered with Comedy Central to nourish Nigeria’s future comedy talents as well as the nation’s appreciation of laughter, entertainment, enjoyment and fun.”
Comedy Central’s Grab The Mic is a talent search initiative and all the laughs are made possible with Maltina.