The issue of piracy has gradually transcended the movie and music industries in Nigeria and has also now found solace in the comedy industry.

Nowadays, comedians complain of colleagues stealing their jokes for use at event. From all indications, many comedians are now getting worried at the growing trend.

Veteran comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka D 1st, in a chat with, has claimed that piracy has become a Nigerian thing and according to him, he has been to events where a younger colleagues use his joke. He explained that he doesn’t get upset with that because he also had used other people’s jokes while coming up.

“When we started too, we used others jokes. It is (only) a liar that will say when he started, he didn’t use other people’s jokes. The beauty of using other people’s jokes to learn is that when you start growing, you can work on your own jokes too and other people behind you will take from your own jokes to learn too.

“What I fight is blatant use of material; you pick my material, you don’t make it better, you just tell it the way I tell it, or make it worse than you got it. If I sing a National Anthem, the way Tiwa (Savage)will sing it will be different, just as it will be when Dr Sid sings it,” he said.

“I have many books on jokes that I read and I get my materials from them and I develop them. So for me, I am not bothered about people using my jokes, but the right thing to do is to acknowledge the owner of the joke, that is where I have issues. My ‘A’ for Agboro that made me popular back in the days, I heard Holy Mallam do it first. He did ‘A’ to I think, ‘D’ or so, and I felt I could take it up to Z. It was not my material per say, but I made it better,” he added.

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