Afia Schwarzenegger Throws A Challenge

Just when everyone thought they had seen that entire she had to offer, actress/TV and radio personality, Afia Schwarzenegger has managed to pull off yet another surprise from her seemingly endless pool of talents. Patrons at the recently- held maiden edition of the Ghana Television Prime Time Awards were pleasantly surprised when the pint-sized actress, real name Valentina Agyeiwaa, mounted the stage and performed an exciting 10-minute stand-up comedy routine, which went down very well with the audience. In an interview with Showbiz, Afia Schwarzenegger, who seemed pleasantly surprised by the public reaction to her stand-up comedy, revealed she had always been a ‘humour monger’ and what she did on the night was just a little aspect of her capability with comedy. She revealed that she had been in the stand-up comedy business for over two years and had performed gigs in Ghana and beyond. “I did a private show last year for the Rotary Club, Miss Polytechnic 2012 pageant as well as shows in Port Harcourt and South Africa and a few here and there,” she said. The hilarious host of Kokooko on UTV said she was capable of holding audience attention beyond 90 minutes and getting them adequately entertained. “Stand-up comedy has never been a big deal for me. It’s simply something I do on the side. I believe every comedian worth his salt should be able to mount the stage and delight audiences,” she said. Asked where inspiration for her acts come from, Afia Schwarzenegger disclosed that her mentors are American comedians Ellen DeGeneres and Kat Williams. “I spend a a lot of time studying those artistes and without breaking a sweat, I can tell you the entire history of stand-up comedy. “As an artiste, you have to know your audience. You can’t use material meant for matured audience at a children’s show and in the same vein, you cannot repeat the material meant for a Nigerian audience at a Ghanaian show and vice versa.” Afia threw a challenge to event organizers to give her the chance to show them what she’s capable of. “Ghanaians don’t appreciate what we have in our own country. If I were a Nigerian, no one would be surprised to see me do stand-up comedy,” she concluded.