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I Rented Apartment For A Girl That Never Loved Me – Aboki 4 Christ

Posted: Apr 23, 2016 at 3:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Having discovered his calling and passion, five years ago, he took the bold step, and kicked off the business of comedy professionally.
Ever since, Abeokuta Ogun state born, Olufemi Olusesi Michael, aka Aboki4Christ has not left any stone unturned as he has continued to perform in major comedy shows and concerts within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
In this interview with RITA OKOYE, the Port-Harcourt based comedian spoke about his challenges, love life and other issues.

Can you tell us more about yourself?
My name is Olufemi Olusesi Michael, the second child out of four boys. I’m from Abeokuta in Ogun state. I graduated from the University of Calabar where I studied Social works. I’m actually dark, because so many people who hear my voice on radio actually think I’m fair, so that is that for me.

What prompted you into comedy? How did it all start?
Comedy actually started off as a joke. I was actually in the drama unit in my church. I worship with Winners Chapel Idiroko; that was about 1999/2001 or so. I just discovered that each time I act people laugh. No matter the role I was given to play, people will definitely laugh because I use Hausa assent. It continued like that until one day, I attended a program in my church headquarters. I met this comedian Holy Mallam. When he cracking his jokes, it was so clean and funny but with Hausa accent.
However, because he doesn’t speak Hausa fluently, the assent wasn’t clean. I grew up in the north so I speak Hausa and I know I could do what he was doing and even better. It was right there and then that I told myself that I could do what he was doing.
When I got back to my own local assembly, Idiroko, each time we have youth program I will just tell my pastor that I want to do comedy and they give me opportunity like 10 to 5 minutes to perform and it continued like that.
Each time we have any special program, he would put me up on the poster without telling me, so sometimes I will just be in the church and he will say, “put your hands together for Aboki 4 Christ” even when I didn’t prepare for it.

Is any of your parents from the North?
No, my both parents are from Ogun state; I am from Abeokuta inside out. My grandmother was a business woman; she does her business in the North and she had houses in the north back then. She didn’t have a male child so she decided to take me along with her; I stayed in the north for 13years.
How did you come about the name Aboki4Christ?
When I returned back from the north in 1999, I lost my Yoruba touch. Though I speak Yoruba but each time I speak or talk to friend and family, they always laugh at me that I speak Yoruba like an Hausa man, so they started calling me Aboki. So, when I eventually started this comedy thing, I told my pastor that I was going to do the gospel kind of comedy, so they should call me Aboki4Jesus, but I later changed it to Aboki4Christ to make it sound more refined.

How was growing up for you?
I was born in Lagos, Agege to be précised. I was six when I was taking to the north. I wasn’t born with any spoon. Growing up was very wonderful, even though we were not rich, but we never lacked anything. I went to one of the best schools in the north. Though the education system wasn’t as strong as what it is here in the south-west, but then the schools I attended was just wonderful.
When I was in JSS 3, I told myself I was not going to collect school fee money from anybody again, so I began working in a car wash centre; I washed cars, bikes. Later I hawked and sold cooked eggs. I also sold bread and soft drinks. Then moved to washing plates in a restaurant.
Even when I eventually got admission into the university, I was riding motorbike (Okada).  I ride Okada from 2006 to 2009.  I had three bikes back then, but when I heard that they were going to ban Okada in Calabar, I sold the three and bought a car and started using it for taxi. I was still doing comedy as I was doing all of this.
How was the reception then, being a comedian that they know, yet you were still doing your taxi business?
(Laughing seriously) I was actually a polished taxi man. I had a business card even as an Okada rider. On the one side of the card was my taxi info, on the other was the comedy own, so I was a stylish Okada rider and a proud one at that.
How long have been into comedy?
Officially I started in 2007. I really didn’t know that comedy has prospect. I was just doing it for the fun of it just to catch fun and add colours to the program in church, not knowing that somebody was watching.
In 2007 Calabar carnival, a church member of mine who was the special adviser to the Governor on media and maybe publicity then included my name among the comedians that will perform.
On that fateful day, at about 4pm somebody called me and said he saw my name on TV that I was to perform that night, I was shocked. Because usually every day in the afternoon, they would scroll the names of those that are to perform, so they can start preparing. When I got home, I turned on my TV and saw my name in line with Julius Agwu, I Go Die, Gandoki and all I was shocked. I didn’t bother to ask who put my name, so I just got myself ready for 4pm. I didn’t go back to Okada again and luckily for me, I was the first person that was called to perform and God took the glory in front of a large crowd.
I was privileged to work with Julius Agwu, Gandoki and I Go Die, so it was a beautiful experience.

Were you intimidated sighting their names on the list too?
No, not at all. Funny enough, I don’t have stage fright or intimidation by anybody; I just go up and do my thing. I have been standing before the crowd since I was a child. I am a church boy. I do memory verses, singing and all.  I am used to facing the crowd. The stadium was filled to brim. I think that should be about the largest crowd I have performed aside my church headquarters where you perform for the whole world, because when you perform there, you are automatically performing for the whole world because lots of people are watching you live from their devices and all, so it was big for me.
How much were you paid?
I was giving N25,000 and it was a wow for me. I performed for just 5minutes and I was giving such amount! It was huge for me as at then, so I was happy, I never knew there was money in comedy.

So your first pay was N25,000?
Yes it was, and it was a huge money for me then (laughing) I said to myself, do you know how many days you have to work with Okada before you can get such money? So I was like, really there is money in this thing. I started taking it seriously and I went back to my church and collected all my previous performance and put them together and made a CD out of it.
My pastor now started linking me to other pastors in other branches and they gave me time, after performing I will sell my CD and sometimes the pastor will give me N5,000 and so. I have actually gone to a church that they gave me N200, but that was then.

So how do you get your jokes?
Just imaginations, observation, and things around me. Whatever makes us laugh is a material for me. When I hear or see people laugh, I try to find out what made them laugh and I try to see how I can work with it and make out something nice from it.

Are you in a relationship?
No I am not, I was in one, but not anymore, we didn’t get to the permanent site, but hopefully I’m getting married this year, even though I haven’t gotten anybody yet.

Will you be taking a wife from the entertainment cycle?
Well, I don’t have too many qualities that I’m looking for in a woman, my kind of woman should just be somebody who will just love me for who I am, a good Christian and a Godly woman. She may not be the perfect Christian woman, but let there be this trace of the fact that she fears God and loves Him. You must be good looking, not necessarily a queen type, I like them very beautiful.
If you are to go on a date with any of the female celebrity, who could she be?
Ha! She is a Ghanaian ooo!!! That will be Nadia Buari, I met her last year in Ghana and I told her I’m crushing on her and she laughed, but in Nigeria, I love Genevieve Nnaji.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?
I emptied my account to rent an apartment for a girl in Port-Harcourt, the funniest part is that, she didn’t even love me, it was after the apartment thing that she started even giving attention. I don’t even have that kind of apartment I got for her, it’ s crazy believe me.