Local stand-up comedian has been recognized as one of the funniest people this year, along with nine other notable figures in the industry.
Dalitso Chaponda has been ranked seventh on the top ten list of African comedians by the African exponent medium.
His vibrant comic career has seen him overcoming border barriers, making his name known to other parts of the world.
Chaponda marked the genesis of his career in 2001 in Canada, with the passage of time, he is now one of the celebrated comedians in the world having performed at big comedy festivals in Melbourne Australia; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Montreal, Canada. In the present, he is the only Malawian comedian with a name beyond the borders.
Despite performing mostly outside Malawi, Chaponda hosts an annual show called Laughrita in Malawi. It attracts international acts, making it quite a phenomenon worth including on the calendar. Those that have ever watched him perform have testified, he is the kind of a comedian that would moisten your eyes with tears because of his jokes.
Son to the current minister of Agriculture George Chaponda, the young Chaponda once forced people into uncontrollable laughter during one of his performances in Malawi, having joked about his father. Another entertainer in the best ten whose rank is not questionable is Uganda’s Annie Kansiime. She is one of the most followed on the continent with her short comic visuals widely watched across Africa. The Ugandan is ranked third while South Africa’s undisputable Trevor Noah is on the top spot, seconded by Nigeria’s Bright Okpocha who is also known as Basket mouth. Here is how African funniest men and women stand as of 2016.
1. Trevor Noah (South Africa)
2. Bright Okpocha/ Basket Mouth (Nigeria)
3. Anne Kansiime (Uganda)
4. Eddi Kadi (DRC)
5. Michael Blackson (Ghana)
6. Daniel Ndambuki/ Churchill (Kenya)
7. Dalitso Chaponda (Malawi)
8. Carl Joshua Ncube (Zimbabwe)
9. Tumi Morake (South Africa)
10. Helen Paul Basimile (Nigeria)