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Jacinta Set To Become First Female Comedienne To Headline A Stand-up Comedy Show In Ghana



Jacinta Set To Become First Female Comedienne To Headline A Stand-up Comedy Show In Ghana

Ghanaian comedienne Jacinta Ocansey on Saturday 8th October becomes the first female to headline a stand-up comedy show in the country.

Happening at the National Theatre in Accra at 7 pm, she leads a host of comedians from Ghana and Nigeria at the show which will be recorded as the first female-led stand-up comedy special.

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The comedy scene, like most other sectors in the entertainment industry, is male-dominated and Jacinta is one of the few women who have mounted several stages in and out of Ghana.

When she started a few years back, she was the only female among a host of men and according to her, it was her determination to succeed in her chosen field that has kept her active all these years.

“So I first thought of doing this in 2018 but I felt I needed to work more to prove myself and also to perfect my skills. Finally, in 2020 when I was ready to hit the stage, COVID-19 came in with its consequences so I had to put the idea on hold again.

“Some people advised that I did a virtual concert but I believed my first comedy special must be a live performance so I held on and I have prepared towards it since then,” she told the Mirror in an interview last Tuesday.

On Instagram alone, Jacinta has over 100,000 followers from across the world and her skits are shared on many other social media platforms as well.

According to her, the journey has not been an easy one as her, comedians in the country do not receive the support needed.

She said it was particularly difficult for women as most people were used to seeing men on comedy stages and so when they see a woman on stage they assume she will not be funny.

She said the predisposition did not get to her and anytime she had the opportunity to entertain the crowd, she gives her best.

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Also, in her early days, she encountered some people in the audience who thought it was funny to heckle her or pass negative comments during her performance on stage and for such people, she also devised ways to heckle them back.

Jacinta in many interviews said she never dreamt of becoming a comedian but paying heed to her mother’s advice to take comedy seriously is what has led her to become a comedian.

Some of her performances that led to her breakthrough include her performance at a comedy club at Osu introduced to her by David Oscar and her performance at the 2015 Akwaaba UK Comedy Night at Movenpick Hotel.

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