You must have attended his shows or seen him on TV. His name is Bowoto Jephthah Oluwatiseyifunmi but you know him by his stage name Akpororo. In thus chat with Lagos Convo, Akpororo speaks of his humble beginnings and how he landed in Lagos. Enjoy the chat.
Tell us about yourself?
My names is Bowoto Jephthah a.k.a Akpororo, I’m a comedian, I make people laugh for a living
When did you become a comedian?
I don’t know o, my sister I just know that hunger got me into comedy, I didn’t plan for it. Normally I would have done music, I just decided to give comedy a trial.
Is comedy a full time job now?
Yes, it’s full time. I do comedy and music.
How long have you been doing comedy?
Professionally, I broke into the industry in 2011/2012. I said 2011 because it was around the end of that year. This is 2016, so it’s about five years now.
How was your first comedy show?
Cool, it’s been great all along. I have a very great sense of humour. I come on stage and I just start talking and having fun
Which of the events is your best so far?
I don t have a favourite. I enjoyed all of them and I’m sure everyone enjoyed them too.
How was it in the early days of your life?
I was living in Lagos, my mom brought me to Lagos. I didn’t have anyone around me to tell me if I was doing well or not but when I started I know a senior bros who told me after one of my performances then to leave comedy and go into music. I told myself ”you need to believe in yourself,” so I pushed it and here I am today.
Who were your motivations?
In comedy, I have Gordons and I go die. I love Gordons because of the way he talks and the way he projects. I go die is my own you know…. I copy Gandoki body language. So when you mix Gordons and Gandoki, you have Akpororo.
What advice would you give someone who wants to become a comedian?
If you want to be a comedian, singer , footballer or any other thing you want to become, first of all believe in God and believe in yourself. Don’t be over confident, because if you are, you won’t need God anymore. Believe in yourself, believe and trust in God first.
What would you love to achieve in the next five years?
In five years, I will be big. I don’t know, I can’t even explain but I know that if my four years can be this big, I believe that if I keep my head straight, serve God the way I do, then the next five years will be great.
Are you on social media?
Yes, I am.
How do you engage people on social media?
My audience on social media, like my fans, we know how we handle ourselves. You just want to move with Akpororo, you go on instagram, my handle is @Akpororo . You will understand and know the way I handle my people. On facebook I am jephthahakpororo [email protected] . Me and my people, we know how we roll.
Has social media helped you?
Yes, my fans are fantastic and I get jobs and referrals on social media.
Are you spontaneous or do you prepare jokes?
I don’t prepare jokes. I just open my mouth and God fills it up
Which personality would you like to work with locally and internationally
Internationally, Kevin Hart, in Nigeria, all my ogas for this industry
Any words of encouragement for our readers?
Believe in God, believe in yourself, give God the praise. Why I said believe in God is because I know it has really worked for me and it can also work for anyone. Don’t give up on your dreams