By Tolberts Joseph Sibuta
Nick name: Salvador, Man from Ombokolo
He ranks among the best-if not the best-comedians in Uganda and by extension Africa. Patrick Salvador has a special way he weaves his story lines leaving the audience in stitches. He tells his jokes in English which gives him an edge over his contemporaries in the region who are more versed in Swahili. Salvador is also a renowned master of ceremonies, radio personality, actor and a father. Here is his journey to the top of his career.
Salvador was born on 14th, February 1985 to Mr and Mrs Dawa Lawrence in the West Nile, Uganda. The comedian was raised in a family of seven children and spent most of his childhood in Koboko district.
Salvador’s journey to education started from Our lady of Africa Nursery and primary school. He later joined Kiswa Primary school from where he completed his primary education. St Charles Lwanga then admitted him for his Ordinary Level and then later proceeded to Bishop Cypriano Kihangire in Luzira, Kampala for his Advanced level.
Patrick later joined Makerere University and pursued Bachelors of Science in Telecommunication Engineering.
Salvador, the Engineer turned Comedian
Since childhood, Patrick wanted to be an Engineer. However he faced conflicting loyalty when most of his friends in high school took part in Comedy skits. He therefore requested to be included on the School Music Dance and Drama Club where he started practicing comedy.
On 3rd March 2019 Salvador introduced by his wife Daphne Franstock. The standup comedian started his wedding proposal in January 2020 with a party organized in their home in Kakiri, Wakiso district in Uganda.
The couple has three children, one boy and two girls. Alexander Idringi Dawa is the last born of the three.
Patrick Salvador’s career.
Patrick Idringi got his stage name “Salvador” after cracking a joke about a girl who had dropped her groceries at a Supermarket. After seeing him, she ran to him screaming the name Salvador. In a South American Telenovela called Second Chance which was popular with many Ugandans, there was an actor called Salvador.
In 2009, Multichoice Africa organized a standup comedy competition in Uganda and Salvador chose to participate in the competition and he emerged second, a fair position that won him a job. He was later employed by capital Fm, 91.3, a Kampala based radio station in 2011. Salvador was incharge the Overdrive show.
Salvador later resigned from the radio business and concentrated on his anticipated comedy shows where he joined fellow comedians Alex Muhangi, Kenneth Kimuli aka Pablo, Anne Kansiime and Daniel Omara. He hosted various concerts by international artists like Konshens, Sean Paul, Alaine, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Sean Kingston, Shaggy and James Ingram.
Patrick has also performed on various comedy shows within and outside East Africa including Nigeria at the Glo Lafta Fest comedy Tour in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 with Basket mouth and Akinlolu Jerkins at Lord of the Ribs Nigeria.
2016 Funny Fellaz Tanzania
2016 Gaborone International Music and Culture Festival Botswana.
2015, 2014 and 2013 Night of 1000 Laughs Kenya and Nigeria.
2015 and 2014 Night of 1000 Laughs Ghana.
2015 Presidents of Laugh Africa Malawi.
2015 Glo CAF Awards.
2015 Comedy Central Intentional Festival in South Africa.
2015 Profiled by Global TV Network CNN.
2014 Kings of Comedy Kigali.
2014 Standup Africa South Africa.
The Salvador one-man show in Bahrain
Johannesburg International Comedy Festival.
One Africa Global Comedy Fest in Dubai.
2019 Acted in Kyaddala (Television series)
2019 Acted in Bed of Thorns (Film)
2015 Acted as Father Moses in King of Darkness (Film)
2014 to 2016 acted as Kizito Semwanga in Beneath the Lies (Television series
In 2017, Salvador started a charity foundation that he named after his father called Dawa Foundation. The Foundation was mainly to help unprivileged children who are really in need. “I want to unveil my charity organization and it will be named Dawa Foundation. From the past, I have done charity but am now making it official.” Salvador revealed.
In 2015 Salvador won the Uganda Entertainment awards as the best standup comedian that year. He was also nominated for the best male comedian
The Salvador, Muhangi feud, after announcing his weekly comedy show in December, 2019 called Just Comedy at Kingdom Hall Kampala, many people concluded that the show was directly meant to compete with his fellow Comedian Alex Muhangi’s weekly show hailed as Comedy Store.
The two “brothers” used to work together while Alex Muhangi was still hosting his Comedy store at Diners Lounge in Bukoto but disagreed along the way.
Since their differences seemed public, the fans thought that the grudge was still on until when Alex Muhangi attended one of Salvador’s shows at Kingdom Hall Kampala where he was given the VIP treatment with the other three people who escorted him.
“There’s no problem between me and Muhangi, it’s true that we previously had grudges but they were later resolved and when I started my own comedy show but that didn’t mean I was after competing Alex Muhangi,” Patrick Salvador said.
“People’s problem is that you can never know what they want, therefore when you encounter differences with anyone they think it doesn’t end, understand that there is no bad blood between us,” he added. However, Patrick continuously detached himself from rumours of enmity and said that their shows take place on different days, possess varied concepts, goals and attract different classes of revellers.