Nando’s comedy fest in Zim cancelled

2011-12-05 11:00

The Nando’s comedy festival in Zimbabwe has been cancelled.

According to Zimbabwean Sunday newspaper, The Standard, the cancellation of the December 15 performance comes after Nando’s flighted its “Last Dictator Standing” commercial in South Africa, portraying Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as lonely without his fellow dictator friends.

The commercial has since been pulled off air in South Africa.

The Standard reports that Nando’s spokesperson, Caroline Nyadzayo, confirmed that the festival was off, saying: “It was not proper for us to continue with the event given the picture that has been painted of our organisation.”

Loyiso Gola, Trevor Noah and Kagiso Lediga are some of the comedians who were to perform at the festival.

Today, Gola tweeted: “Our tour of Zimbabwe has been cancelled because of the Nando’s ad. Wow.”

Carl Joshua Ncube, a Zimbabwean stand-up comedian, was also due to perform at the Zimbabwean leg of the Nando’s comedy festival.

He told The Standard: “I understand that is why it has been cancelled. I am still saddened that we are casualties of Nando’s South Africa’s campaign.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.