BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
The video above was my very first encounter with the work of Folarin Falana aka Falz the Bahdguy. At first, I thought it was “real.” A dude who innocently posted his relationship need somewhere online only for it to go viral because some thought his speech hilarious. Poor guy!
I soon discovered I was very wrong. This “poor guy” was a social media comedy sensation about to take over the internet in Nigeria.
But there was someone else. A total nutcase. A very unwell human being. His name is Kunle Idowu. Social media knows him as Frank Donga. As with many others, my first encounter with his talent was the Ndani TV skit series, The Interview.
Since that time, despite losing out on the 2015 AMVCA award for best actor in a comedy, Frank Donga has gone on to win the hearts of many with his “professiona” job searching.
Here are 5 reasons he, not Falz, is my MVP.
1. He has kept his character undiluted since he broke into the scene. Kunle Idowu has kept the Frank Donga character as it was from the early days. That faded pink shirt, the wrinkled, badly knotted tie; he has stayed true to what we fell in love with. It isn’t easy to do and still stay hilarious, mind you. But he has managed to send us into laughter each time he appears on our Instagram feed.
2. The unbelievable photoshop in some of his videos and photos. Whoever does photoshop for him is a genius. No other word. From the Drake/Meek Mill photo to the Obama/Michelle video below, you won’t easily believe what you see has been altered.
3. Perpetually keeping a straight face while spewing such belly-aching hilarity is stuff for the gods. How this dude manages to do it is beyond me. I watched one of his live interviews on The Late Night Show on Wazobia TV and I couldn’t keep my shit together that night.
4. Contrary to the character he portrays, Kunle Idowu is actually an intelligent, knowledgeable and articulate man who hasn’t lost his head despite the fame. He can speak multiple languages. Some Spanish inclusive.
5. He is much more of an actor than Falz. Something Falz sells alongside that accent is his “fine boyness.” This means that he hardly changes his expression when he records his skits. Frank, however, creates his comedy with both his face and what he says. In fact, his facial expressions are his more important tools. Besides, as much as I love Falz (no homo, thanks!), Jenifa’s Diary has shown him up as a not-quite-exceptional actor. Forget the AMVCA. His fans won it for him.