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Comedy Made Me Who I Am Today –D’ Lectura 

Posted: Jun 8, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Adigwe has spent over 10 years in the comedy business and still counting. The former banker speaks with Sam Anokam about his passion for comedy.

D’ Lectura 

D’ Lectura

So far, what are your achievements in comedy?

By God’s grace comedy made me who I am today because I do nothing else outside comedy. Comedy has made me popular and more recognized. It has opened a lot of doors. I have a wife and a son. I run a lovely and happy home. I own an event outfit –D’Lec. Enter10ment- and we organize comedy shows. I am also a consultant in entertainment matters.

Why do you choose comedy?

I opted for comedy because I realized that in life, there’s nothing more better than doing what one loves doing and getting paid for it.

Who is your mentor?

I learnt under the tutelage of Ali Baba.

How can you describe Nigerian comedians?

Nigerian comedians are doing great. I can proudly say we are among the best in the world.  At least, we have been commanding a lot of accolade from within and outside the continent. I’m proud to be one of Nigeria’s comedians.

Mention your top five comedians and why you like them?

I like Ali Baba because of his very high level of creativity. He has this very unique ability to make a joke out of anything he sets his eye on. I cannot forget the day he told us jokes about a monkey he saw when he went to buy a dog. For four good hours, we were laughing and shedding tears at the same time, just the five of us in his library. This was the night before he celebrated 20 years on stage.

I respect AY because of his packaging and ability to organize whatever he sets his mind to do. I also like De Don because of his attitude, he is one comedian you can easily get along with. Seyi Law comes next, because of his humility. He knows where he started from. BasketMouth completes the pack. He is witty and zealous.

Have you been embarrassed while on duty?

As a comedian, if you’ve never been embarrassed on stage before, that means you are yet to start. The first one was in 2004 by a partially drunk white dude at Meidan hotel, now NICON hotel VGC where Ali Baba used to have his comedy club. I was actually doing a lengthy joke and before I could hit my punch-line, while others were listening, this half drunk white dude interrupted and said “you have been talking and no one seems to be laughing… its funny to me… come on come on” and he started clapping while others burst into laughter. It was so embarrassing that a colleague of mine De Don took another microphone and started dissing him.

What is the naughtiest or craziest thing you’ve ever done?

The craziest thing I could remember for now is abandoning my wife in the labour room. She wanted me to be there during delivery, but even the doctor didn’t know when I took off because I just couldn’t stand the sight of blood. But she called me hours later that she had given birth to my son Zi’Amand.

Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?

God willing, I see myself doing greater things. You will see them as they begin to manifest.

What is your philosophy about life?

My philosophy about life is what goes around comes around. And I allow this philosophy to guide me in every action I take.