I Was Once A Bus Conductor, Says Ace Comedian Ali Baba

Ali Baba


Ace comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, popularly known as Ali Baba, said he was once a bus conductor before he rose to stardom.

The top Stand-up comedian went down memory lane on Saturday, sharing his growing up experience on Channels Television’s Breakfast Programme, Sunrise.

“I have been a bus conductor before, from Ramah park back to Ogbaazu (in Delta State),” he said on Saturday.

Ali Baba revealing his humble background said he occasionally used his dad’s Toyota Crown vehicle to convey people to their respective destinations as a taxi-driver.

“ I had my dad’s Toyota Crown. I will take the car for washing and I would do kabu-kabu (taxi), bribe him by coming with all the newspapers and put on the table,” he added.

Described as King of Comedian by some of his fans, the comic actor revealed that his hard work eventually paid off because people recognised him when he ventured into comedy.

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Recalling how the family of the publisher of The Guardian Newspaper, (late) Chief Alex Ibru, approached him a few years back as they recognised him as someone who once did menial jobs for the family.

He added, “ I have loaded bottles before in Super Brew. Even the Ibrus knew me because during holidays my dad takes us to the village. Our own summer was in the village.

“So when I started doing stand-ups, they were one of the first people that I visited and they were like, you are the one that loads crates and I responded, Yes I used to.”

Ali Baba, who has marked 30 years as a successful comedian in the country said that his entry into the comic world began by an “accident.”

According to him, 1988 was a defining moment because ‘October Rush’ was a time people coming back from holidays had free time.

Promoters of the shows in the 80’s according to him helped shoot him to limelight by targeting students who were fresh from school with lots of cash that could attend the shows.

Alibaba, Bimbo Akintola Meet With Lucky Fans

alibaba bimbo akin, celebrity fan dateNigerian comedian Alibaba and Nollywood actress, Bimbo Akintola spent time with two lucky fans at the pioneer edition of the The Celebrity Fan Date Show.

The Nigerian version of the show, which was organised by popular Events Manager, Kemi Otegbade, sought to treat two lucky fans to a match-making date with their favorite celebrities.

A number of other celebrities ranging from actors, musicians and comedians, also graced the event.

It was an opportunity to meet and interact with the celebrities as well as get inspired by some of their personal experiences which they shared during the question and answer session.

Kemi Otegbade said that a lot of young, upcoming artists, most times thought that celebrities always had it easy hence, she felt the initiative would be a good opportunity to inspire the upcoming generation of entertainers, by meeting with and sharing from the experiences of the celebrities.

Nigerian Entertainment Conference To Hold On April 22

entertainmentMo Abudu, Davido, Joke Silva, M.I, Jason Njoku, George Thorpe, others will speak at the third edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference which will hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday April 22,

This is according to a statement issued on Monday, by organizers, NET Newspaper.

The umbrella conference for the Nigerian entertainment sector which debuted in 2013, would see everyone come together again at Eko Hotels in Lagos, for a full day of deliberations, workshops, exhibitions and master-classes.

Past editions have featured renowned celebrities including 2face Idibia, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Amaka Igwe, Kenny Ogungbe, Jimmy JATT, Basketmouth, M.I, Don Jazzy, Kunle Afolayan, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Lagbaja, Tony Okoroji, Audu Maikori, D’banj and Ali Baba; as well as respected executives like Aina Kushoro, Emeka Mba, Chris Ubosi, Ayo Animashaun, Olisa Adibua, Colette Otusheso, Steve Babaeko, Ifeoma Williams, Efe Omorogbe, Frank Nweke, Gab Okoye, and Prof. Pat Utomi.

Speakers and facilitators for this year include acclaimed Nigerian actress and trainer Joke Silva; BET and MTV award winning pop star, Davido; Afrinolly’s Chike Maduegbuna, founder and CEO of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu; IT entrepreneur, Chika Nwobi; rapper and business executive, M.I Abaga; iROKO TV founder, Jason Njoku; music distributor, Uba Pacific; media administrator, Deji Awokoya; marketing icon, George Thorpe; entrepreneur Ayo Makun, founder of NotJustOk, Demola Ogundele and Quilox Chairman, Shina Peller.

Session moderators include Bukky Sawyerr-Izeogu (Classic FM), Zainab Balogun (Ebony Life), Osagie Alonge (Pulse), Oreka Godis, Dayo Odulaja (NET), Olamide Adedeji (Soundcity), Ehiz Okoeguale (MTV Base) and others.

The event will be hosted by Tee A for the third year running.

This year’s conference, according to NEC founder, Ayeni Adekunle is themed: ‘Buying And Selling Nigerian Entertainment And Everything In-Between’

Impersonating Pastor Chris Okotie Brought Me Fame – AY

Popular Comedian, Ayo Makun, also known as AY, has disclosed that his impersonation of popular Nigerian pastor, Chris Okotie got him his fame.

Popular Pentecostal Preacher, Chris Okotie is well known for his passionate sermons which are usually filled with complex mix of English and Latin vocabularies to the amazement of his large church and television audiences.

Speaking on Channels Television Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, AY said that his line of comedy focuses on stand-up, skit and impersonation as he is known to have also successfully made popular jokes by mimicking several Nigerian entertainers including D’Banj and Tuface Idibia.

He noted that while most Nigerian comedians are social commenters who know how to observe their environment and make jokes from everyday happenings, he had chosen a path that works best for him and which also helps him to maintain his originality.

He further attributed his fast rise in the business to the influence of the one popularly known in Nigeria as the ‘King of Comedy’, Ali Baba, stating that he was a mentor that helped him find his bearing in the art of comedy.

Speaking about moving forward, AY, who has consistently displayed an appreciable level of creativity with his production of TV shows, drama and comedy concerts, revealed that his next project would be working on a movie.

He revealed that the new movie would feature ageless Hollywood star, Vivica Fox.

Darey features Flavour in Sisi Eko remix

Popular musician Darey Art-Alade has featured High-life musician Flavor in the remix of Sis Eko video.

The song was shot in the heart of Lagos Market, with a wide cast of Celebrities such as Julius Agwu, Ali Baba, Waje, Omawumi, Kaffy, Seun Kuti amongst other international acts.

The song is about certain lady doing window shopping as Darey and Flavor spot her in the popular Lagos traffic.
Now Darey trys his best to talk to her but she ignores him, Flavor comes to try his luck blocking other motorists and causing more traffic.

Leaving motorists cursing and swearing on them but they are both lost in the competition of getting the lady.
Who does the Sisi Eko follow?

Photo Gallery:Darey’s video shoot of ‘Sisi Eko’

Popular musician Darey Art-Alade , took to the streets of Lagos Island to shoot the music video for the remix of his hit track ‘Sisi Eko’ which features Flavour.

Darey brought comedians, OAPS, dancers and musicians to Broad Street Marina, alongside Flavour.

The video is directed by South-African, Mark Hofemeyr.

Shooting in progress
Darey and Model
Ali and Julius Agwu
When comics and musicians tango


Darey and Flavour sure enticed a lot of Sisi Eko on the streets with his moves.
DJ Jimmy Jatt was also on the set cruising
The publisher was also not left out. Publisher of Hip-Hop Magazine Ayo Animashaun and Ali Baba
Seun Kuti and Darey
Darey, Dr Sid, Funmi Victor Okigbo and Ayo Animashaun
Flavour and a Sis Eko
Mark (Director)
Waje, Tosyn and Kaffy
Waje, Omawumi and Tosyn
Mo'Eazy and Mode9


Skales and Flavor