Atunyota Akpobome, the veteran comic act popularly known as Alibaba, has claimed that he created most of the jokes Nigerian comedians tell at events and shows.
The ‘King of comedy’ felt disappointed that some comedians still think he hasn’t done much for the industry despite recycling his jokes.
Alibaba shared his concerns during an episode of The Honest Bunch Podcast co-hosted by On-Air-Personality, Nedu Wazobia, Deity Cole and Husband Material.
Alibaba said; “Sometimes some people will say I am not helping but 4/5 of the jokes you are telling are mine. There was one guy who called me the other day, very popular skit maker. He pushed one video out. And it’s a joke about…
“This one happened in Warri when someone wanted to cut somebody’s light and they brought dogs and cutlasses and told the person, ‘When you finish come down.’ I told that joke 1988. And then they turned it into skit. There are several skits circulating that are inspired by my jokes.”
Meanwhile, in another news…
CorrectNG reported earlier that Alibaba said skit-maker, Mark Angel is one of the highest earning comedians in Nigeria.
The businessman said many people find it hard to believe that Mark Angel makes about $300,000 every month. He said much of the comedian’s wealth comes comes from content and ad revenues on social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook.
According to the comedian, the people who pay for the services content creators like Mark Angel offer are very well aware of the value they provide. Alibaba recalled how he earned his own millions for the first time in 1995 when he was paid N1.6 million for an alcohol brand tour.
In his words; “You know some people still don’t believe that Mark Angel is one of the richest comedians, until somebody then hears how much YouTube, Faceebook pay him every month. You will hear somebody [Mark] is making close to 300,000 dollars every month and you are like ‘is it not that guy that wears big knicker.
If he were dating a banker or if he was dating a politician or somebody who works in an oil and gas company, they will be like ‘it is the oil and gas money. because they do not know the intricate factor that drives how much money the person makes.”