Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I wandered into the popular 'mama-put', White House, at Sabo-Yaba today along with two of the fair ladies that work with me, Toyin Alli-Hakeem and Linda Okoro. As we sat eating, the actor, Bolaji Alonge came in accompanied by Kayode Peters- TV and Stage Director as well as Teju Babyface, one of Nigeria's foremost stand-up comedians.
So I grabbed Babyface and made him part of the Bold, Cool and Beautiful Series. Babyface is the first male featured as part of the BCB.
L: State of Origin?
L: Oriki (Traditional Praise name)?
BF: Ajao Ogun (means warrior or strong man)
L: Why did you choose Stand-Up comedy?
BF: At that time as a student, it paid the bills and gave me more than fellow students. Comedy is a platform. I'm really an enterpreneur.
BF: Basorge Tariah, Ali Baba
L: You like clothes. Any favourite designers?
BF: I'm disenchanted. I'll soon start making my own. It's all about the fit, though.
L: What would you take if you had 5 minutes to get out of the country?
BF: My Bible and "Our Daily Bread". (Our daily bread is a Christian motivational book)
L: Your concept of God?
BF: He's patient, He's faithful
L: What has he done for you lately?
BF: He has given me "My Word". I have received God's plans for me. (BF quotes the Bible-Isaiah 55 v.10-11)
Hearing so much of God, laspapi felt babyface had to be abstaining from...ahem...the pleasures of the world hence the next question.
L: Getting married soon?
BF: I really hope so
L: To whom?
BF: (smilingly) Wouldn't I love to know that?
L: You were in films once...
BF: Just one. Diamond Ring, starring Richard Mofe-Damijo and Liz Benson. It was exciting but the film industry was unwilling to accept me.
L: Why not?
BF: I had a pecuiar look that didn't fit into the "rituals" films being churned out at that time.
We played Words and Associations. I'd give a word and Babyface would say the first thing to enter his mind.
Marriage...Brilliant (I asked Babyface, if love is over-rated, why is marriage brilliant? He replied- "the love in marriage is not the one with butterflies in your stomach"
Kayode Peters, standing by asked BF: "How about those things you've done before?"
BF: God has forgiven me. (Teju is abstaining from pre-marital sex.
The Comedy Industry...Limitless
I continued the interview-
L: Where will you be in 10 years?
BF: Doing God's work
L: Something for those who seek to be like you?
BF: Seek God
L: What would you want to be remembered by?
BF: That I helped people and they came to know God through me.