Josh2funny, the popular Nigerian Instagram Comedian has emerged a global sensation with his comic wordplay trend #DontLeaveMeChallenge racking over 20 million views on TikTok.
The #DontLeaveMeChallenge has triggered people from all over the world to record their best wordplay lines for the Challenge in the most creative ways and posted on TikTok.
Josh Alfred, the progenitor of the trend, while speaking about the origin of the Campaign said:
“I was just playing around with the word ‘leaf’ and ‘leave’ in my pun skit,” he told BuzzFeed News. “At the end of the video, my hype man Bello Kreb was shouting ‘Don’t leave me’ and that’s what people heard and picked it up.”
In his short clip, the 29-year-old joked that he was “on leave” while standing on a leaf, but it’s his camera operator and friend’s response that has given the challenge its name.
“I think it was the way my hype-man Bello said ‘don’t leave me,’ is what made it funny and catchy for people,” said Alfred. “Coupled with the fact that puns are always engaging and a bit of a brain-tasking game, I think that’s what grabbed people’s attention and why people are giving it a try.”
There have been thousands of re-make of the Challenge on Social media done by people across the world which has given the trend the much expected hype.
“I’ve seen a lot that really impressed me, people are really intelligent.”
The Nigerian entertainer regularly creates comedy sketches for his 1.5 million followers on Instagram, but the “Don’t Leave Challenge” is his first moment to capture a global audience. Josh said.
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