Tumi Morake makes history

By Drum Digital
05 September 2016

Tumi Morake walked away with top honours at the Savannah Comics Choice Awards held on Saturday at Monte Casino.

Tumi Morake walked away with top honours at the 6th Savannah Comics' Choice Awards held on Saturday at Monte Casino. 

The comedian beat Loyiso Gola, Mashabela Galane, Skhumba Hlophe and Carvin Goldstone to the coveted Comic of the Year award, making history as the first female to walk away with the title.

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“This is for all those who said I can’t be a wife, a mother and a comedian at the same time. Most importantly, this is for all women. It’s about time a woman got recognition for comedy,” Morake said.

Speaking to Sowetan Live after the show, the former Our Perfect Wedding presenter insisted that people give comedians props for their hardwork.

“I’m saying this because in this country the next big topic next to race is gender. People need to acknowledge and give props to the comics of this country because these are men who voted for me. People need to give props to the fact that this is the most forward-thinking industry.”

The rest of the 2016 SAVANNA Comics’ Choice Award winners are:

NEWCOMER:  Ebenhaezer Dibakwane

INTERMEDIATE:  Yaaseen Barnes

NON-ENGLISH:  Mashabela Galane

FLYING SOLO:  Skhumba Hlophe

COMICS PEN:  Kagiso Lediga

BEST FRIEND OF COMEDY:  Goliath & Goliath

BREAKTHROUGH ACT:  Virgil Prins

AUDIENCE CHOICE:  Summary

EDGARS COMIC OF THE YEAR:  TUMI MORAKE

LIFETIME ACHIEVER:  Casper De Vries

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