About the high­lights of his ca­reer

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You have fea­tured in a num­ber of movies and soap op­eras, why did you leave that and delve into post­ing skits on so­cial me­dia?

I am an ac­tor and I can in­ter­pret any char­ac­ter I want. I have been an ac­tor do­ing movies and soap op­eras for as long as I can re­mem­ber. It took a while for me to de­cide to start on­line com­edy. I al­ways said I could never do it be­cause of my level of ed­u­ca­tion in Creative Arts and the fact that I was al­ready be­ing fea­tured in movies and soap op­eras. At some point, the movie roles were no longer com­ing in and it be­gan to seem like one didn’t know what one was do­ing and I be­gan to get frus­trated. I would then get on In­sta­gram and see the likes of Broda Shaggi, Maraji, and oth­ers do­ing their stuff and peo­ple were re­ally en­joy­ing them. I thought to my­self that I could also do what they were do­ing. But even af­ter I said that to my­self, I didn’t start im­me­di­ately, I was still lost in my ego. I couldn’t imag­ine my­self do­ing com­edy skits.

A com­pany had reached out to one of my pro­duc­ers that they needed some­one to make a short Youtube video and that was how the Mr Mac­a­roni series came about. But be­fore the ‘su­gar daddy’ char­ac­ter I cur­rently play, I played the char­ac­ter of an old school teacher. That was the char­ac­ter I used to cre­ate con­tent for that com­pany. How­ever, it wasn’t at­tract­ing a lot of at­ten­tion, so I de­cided to start by cre­at­ing new con­tent for In­sta­gram. And that was how I found my­self do­ing skits.

It didn’t oc­cur to me as com­edy– it oc­curred to me as act­ing. I was just cre­at­ing ideas in my mind and try­ing as much as pos­si­ble to make it in­ter­est­ing to any­one that would watch them. I have al­ways had a flair for act­ing since I was a child. Back then when we got back from church, we would watch Pas­tor Chris Oyakhilome’s pro­gramme on tele­vi­sion. I see him as some­one who is very charis­matic and en­er­getic. Af­ter the pro­gramme, I would re­peat every­thing he said and ev­ery­body would laugh.

I was born in La­gos into a fam­ily of 10. My fa­ther is a jour­nal­ist– he used to broad­cast news on the tele­vi­sion and my mother is an ed­u­ca­tion­ist. At some point, my fa­ther used to be a per­former– he used to do some things at the theatre. My child­hood was re­ally sim­ple. I re­mem­ber al­ways ask­ing peo­ple to call me a pas­tor so I could pray for them. I was in­spired by Pas­tor Chris Oyakhilome and I used to im­i­tate every­thing he did.

The ac­tor or per­former draws his ma­te­ri­als from the things in his im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment and some­times, one can want the ac­tor and char­ac­ter to be­come one for the process of drama to be com­plete. I am not like that but I love women, though not in the way that peo­ple would think. I love women be­cause I have six sis­ters; I grew up around women.

Most of my skits are satir­i­cal. I try to mimic so­ci­ety and pass across mes­sages with those char­ac­ters. I have seen a lot of men that are ex­actly like that, randy in na­ture.

Have you ever been chas­tised for any of your skits?

Of course, I have. There is noth­ing one would do that wouldn’t have crit­ics. I’m not weary of crit­i­cisms but I want con­struc­tive crit­i­cisms. When you try to crit­i­cise me and you in­sult me, I might get up­set. You don’t have to like what I do but you can tell me the rea­sons you do not like it in the most sen­si­ble way. But hon­estly, I can count how many times I have been crit­i­cized; it is not of­ten. There are times I make videos that are dif­fer­ent from my usual themes and I get com­ments from peo­ple say­ing the skits are bor­ing sim­ply be­cause I didn’t in­clude ladies.

I am a virgin and I take my vir­gin­ity very se­ri­ously (laughs). Hon­estly, I get a lot of re­quests and they make me laugh. When I get re­quests like that, I see it as ap­pre­ci­a­tion of my work. I feel it is their best way of ap­pre­ci­at­ing my work. I al­ways try to be as po­lite as pos­si­ble. I might en­gage one or two of them but there are some mes­sages I don’t re­ply.

I be­lieve that the In­ter­net is the new crude oil. So­cial me­dia has taken over but I still want to be able to keep act­ing in movies. I have al­ways wanted to do a tele­vi­sion series and it’s not go­ing to be com­edy. I see my­self more as a per­former that can cre­ate as many char­ac­ters as pos­si­ble. I re­ally do not want to limit my­self to on­line me­dia.

It has in many ways but that just started re­cently. Ad­verts have be­gun to come in for me. I am also in talks with one or two peo­ple for cer­tain deals and I’m hop­ing they come out well. It has been good by God’s grace and it will surely get bet­ter.

I stud­ied Creative Arts in school, so why would I want to get a white col­lar job? If I had stud­ied Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, maybe I would have con­sid­ered it.

As an on­line co­me­dian, can you per­form to a live au­di­ence?

I am not a stand-up co­me­dian. I can­not be called to a show to crack jokes. I host events and can en­gage a crowd but I can’t do stand-up com­edy. For in­stance, Bas­ket­mouth can crack jokes for two hours but that is not me.

Do you have any re­grets?

There are some things one would look back at and wouldn’t be so proud of. My whole life has been a movie. Be­fore I grad­u­ated from Re­deemers Univer­sity, I had been to three uni­ver­si­ties. I

Since he re­turned from the on­go­ing war with Boko Haram in the North-east, he had been show­ing signs of insanity. At times, he would be smok­ing In­dian hemp in the house.

We need gov­ern­ment’s as­sis­tance. We re­ally need help. Some sol­diers took her body away and we have not heard from them since then.

No, they have not. The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Jan­uary 2, 2020 and since then; they have not met with us. I went to Ede and re­ported the killing to the law­maker rep­re­sent­ing Ede in the House of As­sem­bly. We told him we wanted to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice, but he told us not to re­port yet.

When did you no­tice you had a flair for com­edy? What fond mem­o­ries do you have of your child­hood? In your skits, you are al­ways at­tracted to wellen­dowed ladies. Is it safe to say that is who you are re­ally? You must have been get­ting naughty re­quests from women be­cause of your kind of skits. What have been some of your en­coun­ters with such ladies? Are you go­ing to keep mak­ing skits, or there are other ways you in­tend to show­case your tal­ent? In what ways has your pop­u­lar­ity on so­cial me­dia trans­lated into money for you? As a grad­u­ate, don’t you in­tend get­ting a white col­lar job?

how did you know this? What will you like the gov­ern­ment to do re­gard­ing the death of your mum? Has the mil­i­tary author­ity met with the fam­ily on the is­sue? So the case has not been re­ported at any po­lice sta­tion…

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