Senegalese comedian Kouthia has used his late night television show to spoof the Gambia’s President Adama Barrow as a sleepy-clueless leader.
The renowned comedian spares no politician in both The Gambia and Senegal, where he has made similar jokes about the two nation’s current and past leaders.
It is his third parody of Mr. Barrow that has gone viral since his coming to power barely eight months ago.
“They just made me the president but I don’t know what I am doing here. I have not even been to the State House since I became president,” Kouthia said.
“I was just made the leader of a country and I have never imagined that I would ever be a president of a country.”
Interestingly, Barrow had slept off during U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His protocols were blamed for the hiccup.
The video, which has now gone viral has, however, raised a question: Is Kouthia’s portrayal of Mr. Barrow depicting a leader, not in control of his administration?
Opposition activists Batch Samba the satire depicts what many think about Barrow’s character as president.
“I hope Barrow will understand what Kouthia portrayed across and henceforth should adjust himself to avoid such portrayal about his character as president again,” he said.
Barrow himself has dismissed the notion that he was an accidental president and a clueless leader.
“He won his party’s convention and then an opposition primary before defeating Jammeh in the polls. He adjusted quite well within six months and start asserting his authority,” said political analyst, Sam Phatey.
“He should, however, step up but we should not mistake his humility and soft-spoken demeanor to be a weakness. He is very strategic, a keen listener and a wise decision-maker. Quite a smart fellow.”
Last month, Barrow told journalists that he was in charge of his administration and no one else. It was the first time the new leader made a strong response to reject the assumption.
Kouthia uses his show to address critical political matters. He has spoofed even Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. He mimicked Libya’s Ghadaffi and ex-dictator, Yahya Jammeh.
Kouthia’s late night spoofing of Barrow has been well received and perceived as the joke it is meant to be, giving the opposition and government supporters a good laugh.