SACRAMENTO – The realities of war are no laughing matter, but comedian Insane Wayne is lending humor to a good cause.
Insane Wayne, also known as DeWayne Jackson headlines the African Fiesta benefit being held at the Sierra 2 Center on Saturday, March 2. The benefit, set to run 6:00-11:00 p.m., is being hosted by the National Girls Self-Esteem Program (G-SEP). Proceeds from the event will go toward collecting, stowing and delivering mobility equipment such as crutches, walkers and wheelchairs to war survivors in Sierra Leone.
According to G-SEP, between 1991 and 2002 approximately 10,000 girls, infants, women and, in some tragic cases, entire families had a hand, foot or other limbs hacked off with machetes. The objective was to torture and make helpless entire villages attacked by rebels who were set on overturning the government and taking Sierra Leone’s diamonds. These diamonds are often referred to as ‘blood diamonds.” The war has been over for a little more than a decade, organizers say, but now a war is being waged to get canes, walkers and wheelchairs to the amputees.
“This is a great cause, that will impact lots of lives and quite possibly change a nation,” Wayne said.
Access to mobility equipment is a cause close to Wayne’s heart. A stray bullet left him paralyzed.
“That really changed my life. But my motto is to ‘never let failure be an option,’” he said.
Wayne has mastered the spirit of his motto. In addition to his standup career, the Bay Area native is looking to produce and star in his own television sitcom.
Other special guests include Olympic gold medalist Jeneba Tarmoh, Miss Sierra Leone Nyanju Abu and Dr. Don Taylor, Sacramento State University’s Interim Assistant Vice President, Academic Programs and Global Engagement. The African Fiesta will also feature live music, an African-inspired fashion show, African and American cuisine, drinks, raffle prizes, and more. Ticket donations are $20 for adults and $10 children in advance. Tickets will be $25 at the door.
The Sierra 2 Center is located at 2791 24th Street. For more information, call (916) 739-1689 or (209) 489-6779.