Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

No regrets for rejecting U.S scholarship – I Go Dye

Popular comedian, I Go Dye, real name Francis Agoda, has stated that he has no regrets declining a scholarship to study Structural Engineering at the University of New York.

I Go Dye, who was the zonal project manager of the Junior Engineering Technical Society, said probably he won’t be as fulfilled as he is now.

According to him, he got the scholarship for building a miniature helicopter, hovercraft, radio transmitter, and a battery table fan in 1992.

He said, “Academic pursuit depends on personal interest. I am still acquiring knowledge on a daily basis. There is no limit to educational quest. The truth of the matter is that life is a choice. Until you do things you love, you cannot really be happy. Those things I built at the time are still part of my life today. But I chose comedy because that is where my love lies.

“I started building things at the young age of about 12. At a point, I was no longer really comfortable with that path of life.

“When I declined that scholarship, I had started becoming interested in having an impact on the lives of people. When I left the village, and got to the city, Comedy became a platform through which I could give hope to people. I am happy with the choice I made.

“I have now spent 20 years on stage. I was first featured on A Night of a Thousand Laugh in 2000 and I started doing variety shows when I was in Class Three in the secondary school. People only know you when you become successful. They don’t really know the roads you passed through until you tell stories like this.”

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