According to him, most Ghanaians have little or no confidence in local comedy acts
Stand-up comedian and stage actor, Foster Romanus has said that utmost attention has not been given Ghanaian comedians for far too long.
Foster who got the audience laughing and applauding throughout his performance at a Night of 1020 Laughs and Music held at the Accra International Conference Centre over the weekend made these remarks on Radio Univers’ mid-morning show, Brunch2Lunch.
He told show host, Abrantepa that most Ghanaians have little or no confidence in local comedy acts and as such make certain utterances that demean and discourage individuals in the field.
“Ghanaian comedians have been underrated a lot of times. They have been underrated and intimidated because before you get on the stage, there is a whole bombardment that more or less seem to dispirit you. The comments are not to make you feel confident but to demoralise you. I think it’s about time they gave us the thought and more opportunities and we promise we won’t let them down,” he intimated.
Foster called on all, especially the corporate entities to invest in Ghanaian comedy in order to move it to greater heights.
“We need more comedy clubs, opportunities and investments. We have our individual platforms and we believe that when there are more of such platforms, we can unearth more talents. However, it is costly so if corporate Ghana is supporting us, it will help us pay bills and also put food on the tables of these talented creative guys. Through this, the confidence will come.
“Ghanaians shouldn’t expect everything to be better from the beginning. It starts gradually and I think that is what we lack. We lack the ability to groom, nurture and wait for it to grow to be our own. We don’t want to own it. We want to pick it up by the roadside when it is all rosy and that is our problem. But I believe if we start from scratch by unearthing talents as in soccer, music and the likes, there is an assurance of a brighter future for Ghanaian comedy,” he stated.
Foster Romanus expressed gratitude to all who have contributed to his success. He assured that he will not relent on his efforts.
“I thank everyone who has supported me in one way or the other. Foster Romanus has come to stay. I am not going to relent on my efforts. We are trying to cook something and when it is ready for consumption, Ghana will love it. Comedy is a passion and I call myself a humour therapist. I feel very good and relieved and I’m happy inwardly that I brought smiles to people. I think I have made my parents proud,” he said.