Veteran stand-up comedian and actor Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, professionally known as Ali Baba has explained how he became the leading light in Nigeria’s stand-up comedy industry and a mentor to many younger comedians who also became stars in their own rights.
Ali Baba, who recently turned 55, said he only committed to doing his work the best way he saw fit and people got attracted to him.
“I didn’t set out to make this much difference initially,” Ali Baba said in an interview.
I didn’t also set out to become the leading light in stand-up comedy. I was just doing my work and people felt it was good enough to associate with.
“Also, I think that if your success doesn’t make others a success, then you’re a failure. Your success should affect others positively. If not; then, it’s selfish success.
“When you check the lives of some of the pastors we follow, they also have
some rough patches.
“The people that quote Paul in the Bible, forget that he was once a murderer. Everyone has a past that they must live beyond; there are three ways to learn in life― it’s either you experience it personally, read about it, or see somebody else experience it.
My greatest joy is seeing that something that I have started has grown into an industry. When I started comedy, it was just an art.”
“Now, it has grown into an industry where you can find successful comedians who are doing big things and living good lives.”