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South African Comedian Loyiso Madinga Joins 'The Daily Show' As African Correspondent

Loyiso Madinga to join Trevor Noah for segments of The Daily Show.

Trevor Noah has chosen South African comedian Loyiso Madinga to host segments for the African broadcast of The Daily Show.


"As wild as Donald Trump is for America, many countries around the world have Trumps of their own and since The Daily Show is in many countries, we thought 'why not give each country a chance to show off their stable geniuses?'" said Trevor Noah.

"I am really excited to create a voice for local satire. What is really great is this places an authentic spotlight on local comedy and presents a reality that combats the stereotypical perception of Africa. Being part of The Daily Show, I get to join the best conversation in the world," said Madinga.

Madinga's segments will air sporadically on Comedy Central across the continent. This regionally targeted report is said to be replacing some of the main edition's original content. It will debut with a field report from the ANC's Elective Conference, which took place in December.

Madinga has paid his dues in South Africa and other parts world as a comedian, having performed in countries such as Switzerland and Korea.

He made his debut in 2012 at the Montecasino Teatro, sharing the stage with international acts such as Tom Segura. Locally, he has appeared on renowned South African comedian David Kau's Blacks Only show. He has written and performed on the TV show Late Nite News hosted by celebrated South African comedian Loyiso Gola. He has also written and performed on the popular sketch show Bantu Hour. In 2014, he was part of Trevor Noah's nationWILD Tour.

"One of our key objectives as Viacom International Media Networks Africa is to provide a platform via our brands for great African talent and content. We are excited that through this localized segment on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Loyiso, has an opportunity to continue showcasing his great comedic talent to audiences across Africa and around the world," Alex Okosi, executive vice president and managing director for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa), was quoted as saying.

This is a great move from Noah, we need more Africans to tell African stories on a global level.

Madinga's first segment will debut on the continent on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) on Thursday, January 11, at 21:30.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu Collapses During Televised Ceremony

Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti confirmed that the head of state experienced sudden dizziness during a commemoration ceremony in Lusaka on Sunday.

"His Excellency the President of The Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Changwa Lungu, this afternoon experienced sudden dizziness while officiating the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony. His Excellency recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at The State House," said Secretary to Cabinet Simon Miti in a statement.

This is not the first time the 64-year-old has collapsed during a public engagement. In 2015 President Lungu was rushed to hospital after collapsing during a Women's Day event, according to a report by The Mail and Guardian. After being discharged from Maina Soko Military Hospital in his home country, he was forced to receive specialist treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

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