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South African boxer Mark Farah went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend inside the boxing ring on her birthday.
After Farah defeated Congolese Welcome Malubu over four rounds at Presley’s Restaurant in Boksburg, he signaled to his girfriend Sharne Gerhardt‚ who turned 27 years old on that day‚ to join him in the ring.
She made her way to the ring and when she eventually reached him‚ Farah asked the crowd to sing a hearty Happy Birthday for her.
Tears of joy rolled down her face as the crowd gave her one of the most rousing renditions she will ever receive in her life.
“Thank you very much‚” she sobbed‚ before attempting to leave the ring. Continue reading “South African boxer proposes to his girlfriend inside boxing ring on her birthday”
We’re days away from She Leads Africa’s SLAY Festival that’s touching down in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday, Jan. 21.
The one-day fest can’t be missed, which will be the ideal opportunity for African women to meet influential movers and shakers in various industries, get your self-care on and have fun.
OkayAfrica is giving one lucky winner a chance to win a pair of Motherland Mogul passes to the SLAY Festival. Here’s what comes with this clutch perk:
- Entry to festival and access to all vendor stations
- Access to speaker sessions, masterclasses (first come, first served) and free activities
Check out some of the speakers that will be dropping gems at the festival:
- Fela Durotoye, CEO of Gemstone Group
- Tara Durotoye, Founder of CEO of House of Tara
- Mary Remmy Njoku, Film Producer and CEO of ROK Studios
- M.I. Abaga, Rapper and Entrepreneur
- Toke Makinwa, Author and Media Personality
- Kemi Adetiba, Film and Music Video Director
- Bolanle Olukanni, TV Host and Producer of On the Carpet with Bolinto
- Bukky Karibi-Whyte, Founder of Invicta Africa and The Bobby Taylor Company
- Audu Maikori, Founder of Chocolate City Entertainment
- Kabir Shagaya, CEO of Zippy Logistics
- Zainab Balogun, Actress, Model and TV Presenter
- Arese Ugwu, Founder of Smart Money Africa
Be sure to check out more info from She Leads Africa, including the schedule, here.
During the month of August, we’ll be highlighting aspirational folks who are setting major #goals and achieving them, and asking them to share their stories and insight to help motivate us all to “live our best lives.”
These athletes, artists, fashionistas, scholars, entrepreneurs, and more, are a reminder to us all, that dreams are valid!
Previously, we spoke with Haitian-American fashion designer Victor Glemaud. For our latest installment, we speak with Nigerian comedian, Okey Bakassi. Read our conversation below.
Some know him as Okey Bakassi, others as Okey Onyegbule. But one thing most can agree on is his pioneering influence on Nigerian stand-up comedy. The 47-year-old cut his comedic teeth performing for secondary school friends and in university, where he joined Theatre Kolleagues, a drama troupe that shaped his ability to interact with audiences.
After graduation, Bakassi moved from the oil city of Port-Harcourt to Lagos to explore life’s offerings. There, he joined the cast of the popular TV series Fortunes before dabbling in the nascent Nollywood industry. But with the instant response and infectious energy of a live audience missing, the father of three soon grew bored with acting. In search of an adrenaline rush, the entertainer began performing stand-up comedy in bars across Lagos in hopes of carving out a career in what was, at the time, a virtually non-existent industry—the gamble would eventually pay off.
Today, Bakassi hosts The Other News, a new political satire show seeking to inform and engage Nigerian youth in current affairs, with a dash of humor.
OkayAfrica spoke to Okey Bakassi about his journey as a stand-up comedian and his quest to mobilize young Nigerians.
The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.