Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Tupac Foundation Honours Top Comedian, Julius Agwu

One of the most versatile entertainers in Africa, Julius D’Genius’ Agwu has yet bag another international recognition few weeks after winning the African Achievers Awards in London. This honour is coming from Tupac Foundation in Atlanta where the leading comedian happens to be one of the international stars that have their names in-scriped on the bricks at the foundation.

 
Few days back, Julius was presented with an autobiography of Tupac Shakur titled ‘Tupac Shakur Legacy’. Autographed by Tupac’s mum, Afeni Shakur, this might not be unconnected with Julius Agwu’s support to the foundation during one of his visits to America and his popularity in Africa.

Afeni, who also wrote the forward of the book written by Jamal Joseph, wrote; “Julius Agwu, peace, love, respect, se alaafia ni? We pray we will able to come to home, Nigeria in the future. Help make our home land safe. We are ever hopeful for African peace and prosperity”.

The book, Tupac Shakur Legacy features removable reproductions of handwritten, lyrics, notebook pages and other personal memorabilia plus Tupac Shakur Speaks, a 60minutes CD featuring rare interviews with Tupac.

Speaking on this recognition, Julius said he feels very much excited and grateful to God about it. “I feel very excited and elated for this recognition. And most importantly, it is an inspiration for most of us who are in the business of entertainment because even for the fact the guy’s age was cut short at a very early stage, we know he has left a very indelible mark on the sand of time. I went to Tupac Foundation in Atlanta and I saw the projects he was working on before he died and what his mum too is doing at the foundation. I was so inspired and it got to say that for those of us who are here doing entertainment business, if we do not give back to the society, we have not really started. So everything we do, we should see it as a way of giving back to the society”.

He said further that “the foundation inspired me more that I have not even started yet. The expanse of land where the foundation is located including how they have impacted on the society says a lot that as role models, we really need to work harder because you have not achieved if you have not impacted on the people. No matter who you are and how much you think you have, you are not an achiever if you have not impacted on the people. I actually bought a brick at the foundation and my name was inscribed on it. If you go to Tupac Foundation in Atlanta, you will see my name on one of the bricks there with other great super stars. From what have been told, this is the first copy in Africa which was actually autographed by Tupac’s mother and I’m very privileged and honoured to be part of the chosen few. I’m planning a trip to the foundation this year to visit Tupac’s mum after Crack Ya Ribs in America”.

The comedian who has been hosting the Crack Ya Ribs Comedy Show annually in London over a decade has decided to take the show to other cities. And for the first time, the show will hold in New York, Houston, Dallas and Glasgow.

The London show will hold on 26 August, 2012 at the Light House Hall, 262-274 Camberwell Road, SE5 ODL, which happens to be the same venue where Laff for Christ's sake show held in April 2012. Artistes and comedians billed to perform at the London show include D’Prince, Seyi Law, Dj Abass, FunnyBone, Senator, MC Shakara and Funny Face from Ghana. Top Ghanaian acts like Guru and Khaki will also be performing at the event.

In a similar vein, the New York and Glasgow shows will hold on 1 September, 2012 at the Simphony Space Theater, 2537 Broadway, NY 10025 and 24 August, 2012 at O2 ABC 2 Glasgow respectively. Houston and Dallas are billed for September 7 & 8 respectively.

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