Malawian stand-up comic Daliso Chaponda gets trolled over the weekend after his sterling performance at the 2017 Britain’s Got Talent show in the United Kingdom where he is based.
The episode that aired on Saturday night saw celebrity judges of the top British talent show give the 37-year-old comedian and comic writer a standing ovation, and the highest nod – the Golden Buzzer – to proceed to the live semi-finals after his five-minute skit.
The internet embraced the comedian only to be trolled on social media for a scandal in Malawi involving his politician father.
Daliso is the son of former Malawian Agricultural Minister George Chaponda who was sacked in February by President Peter Mutharika for his alleged involvement in corruption over a Zambia-Malawi maize procurement deal.
The comedian has been facing internet trolls from Malawi who link him to his father’s scandal forcing Daliso Chaponda to make his Facebook page private and visible by Friends only.
One of his followers on Facebook, Linda Brown posted on Monday: “I am horrified to read about you in the Sun…I have told them the truth about you and your father. No person like you deserves a 15 minute fame.”
Daliso posted on Facebook in February: “My Facebook message box has been filling with all kinds of toxic abusive messages from Malawi so I will not be checking it for a while. If you are a friend, you should know my number so contact me that way.”
He however expressed gratitude on Sunday for the numerous support he received after the Britain’s Got Talent performance despite the revived trolling.
The last 24 hours have been surreal and a blessing. Thanks to everyone for the supportive messages. I love jokes. #bgt— Daliso Chaponda (@dalisochaponda) April 30, 2017
Daliso Chaponda has lived in the United Kingdom for 10 years and has performed widely in South Africa, Malawi and Kenya among other African countries.
Just watched Daliso Chaponda wow!!!! They loved him, and he just said he is from malawi pic.twitter.com/wuJGHuN7BK— Cairo👑 (@LindsayBernards) April 29, 2017
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