Comedian Michael Sengazi on taboos and the unifying power of comedy
19 March 2023 | 12:06 pm
After getting a law degree, Michael Sengazi began to dabble in theatre and ultimately decided to ditch his future career as a lawyer to become a stand-up comedian. While his parents were initially a bit upset about seeing their law school investment used to tell jokes, he eventually won them over – along with all of Burundi.
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