Calgary’s Adora Nwofor uses comedy to explore diversity

Global News

CALGARY – Calgary’s Adora Nwofor says being a black, 6’1 comedian can be a challenge, but the opportunity to make people laugh and educate her audience is worth it.

“Someone coined a term for me: It’s shock-wit, which kinds of rhymes with chocolate,” she said.

Nwofor describes being singled out in school: Taller than all her teachers, she was the size of a woman when she was just a teen. But perhaps it was this experience that gave her the courage to speak up for those who were bullied.

“She was never the child to see something or see a person being put down or abused and not step in,” said Nwofor’s uncle, Robert Walters. “She was always the defender.”

The courage to step up came in handy nearly a decade ago, when Nwofor was an anthropology student and her friend signed her up for a comedy show.

“I very…

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