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Women in Africa make waves in stand-up comedy, shattering barriers and defying expectations

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Women in Africa make waves in stand-up comedy, shattering barriers and challenging norms.


Germaine Ololo is a highly respected Congolese comedian. With every performance, she skillfully brings attention to important issues through her humour. Whether it's a scene depicting forced marriageviolence against women, or the complex challenges faced by widows in society, she fearlessly tackles any taboo subject.


The comedian, who mentors younger performers, graciously welcomes them weekly at the headquarters of the Fief, also known as the International Festival of Women's Speech. Collaboratively, the women organize workshops and shows while engaging in conversations about advancing women's empowerment in art and culture.


"That's what art is all about: enriching ordinary language to get a message across. I think that public speaking today, whether it's telling tales, being a slam poet or a Stand-Up comedian, all these forms of art must be tools to try to educate," Ololo tells African News.


Numerous African stars have emerged as role models for young women. Ivorian comedian Prissy la Degameuse recently attended the second edition of the Stand Up au Feminin festival in Pointe Noire, which was held between March 8th and March 10th.


"I am so happy, to be totally honest, I am still moved. I was able to get on stage today and even talk a bit to Prissy," one spectator says.

Comedian Alex Cadi explains why she loves Stand-up: "I like [it] because, through it, I can share my thoughts, my vision."


The 2024 International Women's Day theme, 'Invest in women: Accelerate progress", has received a positive response from Congolese civil society groups. They advocate for increased support for cultural initiatives led by actresses to promote women's empowerment.


Stand-up comedy is a widely enjoyed theatrical performance consisting of humorous monologues. The number of women comedians on the continent is growing steadily.


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