From where I stand: The incredible story of Ivorian comedian Clentélex
20 March 2022 | 11:04 am
From where I stand: The incredible story of Ivorian comedian Clentélex. Clentélex is a 23-year-old man from Ivory Coast who has overcome the odds. He grew up in a poor neighbourhood of Abidjan. Unlike many of his contemporaries who were lured into violence and crime, Clentélex used comedy as his weapon of choice.
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