Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Why I hardly attend other comedians’ shows –Gbenga Adeyinka

For a while, there have been rumours that ace comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka shuns his colleagues’ events because he hardly headlines any despite the fact that Nigerian comedians are seen as one big happy family.

The rumour mongers stated that instead of him featuring in his colleagues’ shows, he opted to organise his own shows which are staged in South-Western states in Nigeria.

Speaking to Punch Newspapers, the rib cracker admitted that he hardly attended his colleagues’ shows but stated his reasons.

“I hardly attend other comedians’ event because we stage our shows around the same time. For instance, AY stages his show on Easter Sunday as well as mine. I do not have an issue with any comedian in Nigeria. I would be at Okey Bakassi’s show. I appear for shows when I am not working because my loyalty is to my family and what makes a family happy is the money the breadwinner is able to bring to the table. It would be foolhardy for me to headline a free show when I have a gig. It is the same way I would not want someone to ignore a paid show just to do a free gig for me. In the past, people who had been billed to perform at my show for free had called to inform me that they had a paid show to attend and cancelled mine. But I did not hold any grudge against them because I totally understood. For me, it is all about work and this is what I use to send my children to school. Once I have an opportunity to get paid for my services, why do I want to leave it for a non-paying gig? However, I am friends with everybody,” he said.

 

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