Ace comedian Gbenga Adeyinka has reacted to allegations against him that he always shun comedy shows organised by his colleagues, that he would instead organise his own.
Adeyinka said he hold no grudges against anyone that Nigerian comedians are seen as one big family, but his choice of not parcipating in other show boils down to fact that his show and that of others often are organised same day, especially those meant for festivity.
Speaking with Saturday Beats, the comedian gave that he would rather be at his own Easter Sunday show rather than be at one organised by AY, saying he needed to make money as a breadwinner and make his family happy.
He said, “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.
The comedian who has been criticised on several occasions for not being funny aired his opinion on such comments, “I have heard people say that I am not funny but what I always tell them is that Gbenga Adeyinka is not funny but I am the hardest working comedian in Nigeria and even Ali Baba says that. If the people who pay me continue to pay me, then there is something I am doing right and my loyalty should be to those people who pay and say I am funny than to those who are idle and searching for funny people,” Adeyinka said.
The humour merchant told Saturday Beats that he had never considered going into music even though he has graced several music videos by top stars in the country. He, however, stated that he would go into music under only one condition. “I cannot sing to save my life but if I get a producer that would auto-tune my voice and guarantee me that the song would sell, then I would turn into a singer. It is all about making money,” the humour merchant said.