As one of Nigeria’s Europe most celebrated comedians, it came as no surprise as Topstories chatted with ComedianAkpos aka Mr Talkative. He is one of Nigeria’s most sought after event hosts in Europe. He has successfully staged several comedy shows and recently, he hosted one of the most talked about Award night for Africans in Europe, ADMA 2016 in Holland.
Kindly tell us your full name and what you do for living.
My names are AKPOSIRI OTAESIRI , I am a chef in an hotel , a stand up comedian and fashion desighner
How did you come about your name Akpos, Are you from Akpos Village, lol.
Akpos as was derived from my full name AKPOSIRI so I decided to make it Akpos so it makes sence, and I included AKA to make it unique from other AKPOS.
How long have you been in Europe and when did you start doing comedy
I have been in Europe since 2007 , I was in to RNB music till got an opportunity to break into comedy industry in 2011.
Tell us why did you choose to go into comedy.
Well, in 20011 some promoters in Europe brought a comedian from Nigeria and I was contacted to be the pre-act for the comedian.Unfortunately the main comedian did not show up, so i decided to entertain the audience and they love it. That was the genesis and from that day it was an history.
How were you able to manage comedy and your job at the same time
It hasn’t been easy i must confess, sometimes I find my self running to work on Monday morning after concert, but I will keep pushing till I get to the permanent site.
What are the challenges facing Nigeria artist in Europe
Promotion, good managements, low media presentation and endorsement
What are your plans and how do you intend to take over the comedy industry among-st your peers in Europe.
I think to be creative makes you stand out first, prayers and consistency in the game will keep you growing..now I just grab the microphone and stay funny that’s what I do basically….
last year you were in Nigeria to promote your brand, has that influence you positively , i mean did it really bring more fame and shows for you at home and abroad?
Yes of course, the trip was great and positive. I got Adma call to be the host, I got a million views on YouTube for my comedy skit Mr lie lie. I also got an Europe tour with Mr Patrick after the trip..I really give glory to God..it was another level for me….
In your view, would you beat your chest as the best Nigerian comedian in Europe?
That’s for the fans to judge, I don’t want to be exaggerate, shout out to all Europe comedian..they are all wonderful…I think among-st the best is where the fans will place me…
Your Facebook says you are single,why are you single and how do you handle your female fans.
Its really not easy but we are trying gradually. The female fans keep the market pushing because as an artist, if the ladies accepts you, definitely their boyfriends will accept you too..so we just try our best to keep it simple and plain..
You have enjoyed stage with some of Nigeria best comedians, the likes of ” I go dye, and others as a supporting artist, does that make him better than you as a comedian, and what value have they added to your career as a comedian, and does it really give any up coming artist in Europe a chance to get to the limelight fast?
I Go Die is big and has opportunity to bigger platforms because he’s based in Africa.” I Could Do Better On Stage “.. I think, if the opportunity is the same everywhere the people will feel other good talents.We all pray to be bigger than our mentors.
The Europe art am feeling right now is Gabby, the dude is amazing and humble, I think he is Europe next big thing..
Europe promoters are fond of using artist from Nigeria as main artist while the Europe artist as up coming or support arts, so to say. Do you think the artist from Nigeria are far better than the ones in Europe or why has this trend continued this long?
Europe promoters are all business men..they are all scared to invest on Europe talents because no one wants to loose. So, if there are good platforms like this media Topstories and others that are willing to promote Europe art.. the promoters will definitely find reasons to invest on Europe artist..
What do you think the show promoter in Europe must do to encourage Nigerian Europe artists,as such to patronize their arts and creativity.
Believing in them and promoting them..If an Europe art gets same treatment giving to a Nigerian artist..he must blow and the show must be sold out . Sincerely speaking, no Europe promoter will want to book a five star hotel ,,print t-shirts or good posters for any Europe art, that’s the problem. All of them are scared to invest even if the Europe art is extra talented…
How do you source for your comedy materials
There are a lot of problems happening around the world. You see bombing everywhere..kidnapping terrorist and economy breakdowns, these are what I use to gather my comedy material and deliver it to the people..because comedy is so sweet when the people can relate with you…
You where one of those who hosted the prestigious Adma 2016 award in Holland, how does it feel to be given such opportunity.
It was great..when I got the call, I felt accomplished because it is one of the biggest African award ceremonies at the moment in Holland..I thank God that i delivered and the organizers were overwhelmed with my performance. In fact they promised to include comedy category to the nomination list next year..That’s history to be made right?
Shout to Mr Otunba khamilion and r Mr Michael…..
Were you awarded at the Adma 2016, and in general have you had accolade in the past, if any .
I was only there host there year. And yes I got comedian of the year award in Torino Italy..and a merit award from Naija Gbedu tv this year..
What was the worst and your best day in your choosing career.
The worst day was when a fan dragged my shirt so we can make a picture together and all of a sudden my shirt got turn…I didnt blame the fan because the auditorium was filled and he wanted a picture by all means..It happened in Bologna city Italy 2015…. And the greatest day of my life was when performed for Mario Balotteli the football star at his birthday in Milan..
In the Nigeria comedy industry, who do you look up to as your role model.
Basketmouth, he gives me 100 percent humor and simplicity..he’s diverse, he’s materials so simple and grand..not like other comedians that talks about monkeys..animals and things you cant relate with Basketmouth’s jokes are very real and living…he inspires me a lot…
Where do you hope to see your self and career in the next five years.
God knows everything…but with the way things are going right now, I think I will go places in five years time, performing for top personalities like presidents,,,governors..kings and bishops.
Lets have fun , we found out you are on vacation , what planet will you be visiting…lol
Planet ahahaah, the earth is spherical …so I probably want to visit everywhere ..because travelling helps in building your career. It gives you more materials and exposure
Lets assume , if you wont be in comedy business, what career will you choose.
Of course my cooking job,..been a chef gives me joy also..”but na comedy pay pass”…
Lastly, what will be you advice to upcoming artist at home and abroad
Just be focus and 100 percent prayerful..you don’t have to be in New York city before the world will know you..in that little city you are when its your time your light must shine..
Anything more you will like to add
I will quickly thank you guys for this opportunity Topstories Magazines..bigger you guys I pray.
And am calling on my fans to please keep supporting the brand Akpos Mr talkative, I promise never to disappoint you all..God bless Europe entertainment forever….