Obasanjo recognized stand-up comedy, gave it a boost- Alibaba
Nigerian stand-up comedian, Alibaba has declared that Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo recognized stand-up comedy and gave it boost.
Alibaba, whose real name is Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome made this known at a press briefing recently.
“The ex-President, Obasanjo, wasn’t just promoting me; he recognised stand-up comedy and gave it a boost. After a while, he got used to me and started recommending me for events he attended. A lot of state governors, who used to attend those presidential dinners, used to invite me to their events. For him to have the thick skin to accommodate my jokes about him made them feel comfortable with me.
“I felt comfortable performing in front of military men because I had done events for military chiefs like Sani Abacha, Ibrahim Babangida and Tunde Idiagbon. When I performed at military barracks, I could get away with some things because I knew the ropes. I studied the origin of stand-up comedy and I knew it started with the blacks. I knew how to tell jokes without offending anybody. I knew there was a thin line between being funny and being offensive,” he said.