Nigerian comedian Alibaba is referred to as the father of comedy and well respected by a lot of comedians and other entertainers in the industry.
He was basically the one who gave the comedy industry a face and he has successfully spanned about three decades in the industry.
In a recent interview the comedian cum actor had disclosed that he is stepping down for up comers as he wouldn’t be cracking jokes on the platform he was known.
In his words: “I still crack jokes but people won’t see me on the platform they are used to. I will be 30 years on stage next year, so I have moved on from the platform people used to see me. I have to leave the platform for upcoming actors.
It is like a bank structure where there is a cashier attending to customers; after 20 years you don’t expect to see that cashier still counting money behind the counter.
When I started, it was only Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), now we have many television stations and radio stations so the platform is bigger and wider,’’ the ace comedian said. The thing I do is that I teach by example, a lot of them have watched me perform; professionalism is key and talent is important.
It is important that you develop your talent, when talent becomes a service that is when people will require it. Nobody will buy a talent if it is not for service.
I teach other comedians to be humble, focused and think ahead. I expect that others should beat my strides.
My strides are like foundation for a lot of comedians to grow with but with recent technology, the platform is now wider and accommodating.”