Ace comedian , Gbenga Adeyinka , who has been in the business of making people laugh for over two decades, has told Saturday Beats that at the early stage of his career , people often told him that he was not funny and such comment bothered him .
However , the humour expert revealed that he had a higher priority and this made him develop a thick skin against such comments .
He said , “ I do not want to be funny , I want to be successful and there is no one that can say that I am not successful.
“ May God not let me be funny and still be hungry . For me , I try my best and anytime I work , people that pay me laugh .
“ Initially , when people told me that I was not funny , it used to bother me but it does not anymore as long as I work hard .
“ I am faithful to my craft and people invite me for shows and the audience enjoy my performance.
They are the people that I should be bothered about .
I feel that everyone is entitled to their opinion . ”
The ace comedian , who hardly posts pictures of his family on the social media or flaunts his wealth , seized the opportunity to give reasons why he desists from such actions .
He stated , “ I grew up with my grandmother and one thing she always told me was that if your yam has sprouted, you use your hand to cover it .
“ I believe that at a particular age , there are some things that you should do that are not phenomenal.
For instance , at my age , I should have built a house and bought cars so why should I post such on social media? With God being on my side I should be successful at this stage.
“ I do not want to abuse anyone but I feel that it is unnecessary to do such but some people call it packaging.
I feel that the best thing to package is what matters to you and that is your career .
“People have also asked me why I do not flaunt my family on social media but I tell them that I celebrate my family when the needs arises .
“ However , I was the one that decided to do show business .
Why should I put them under undue pressure or make them a target for kidnappers.
“ When I see some people post things on the social media , I get scared for them because I feel they do not know how delicate life is.
“ One thing I do not do is condemn people for their action.
You do not need to know that I have a car or money in my account .
That is my philosophy and I am glad that it has worked for me . ”
Adeyinka further revealed that if he was not into the comedy business , he would have probably been a teacher or footballer .
He added , “ Comedy has always been a part of me and it has taken me beyond my wildest dream .
“ My dream in life was to become a footballer or a teacher .
Those were the two things that I loved to do .
“ I also considered acting but stand – up comedy has blown my mind by taking me to places I never thought I would go or meet people I never thought I would meet.
“ This, for me , is better than what I ever planned to do . ”
Speaking about his forthcoming event, Laff Mattaz , the comedian said that the reason for taking the show outside Lagos nowadays was because he wanted to conquer new grounds .
“ The reason I do my show outside Lagos is because of the need to conquer new grounds.
“ I had the vision to develop stand – up comedy in the south -west about 10 years ago and that is what I have been pursuing .
“ In nine years, we have been to Ibadan , Osogbo , Ilorin , Akure , etc.
I live in Lagos and most of the paid shows I do are in Lagos but we are all different.
Some of us want to leave a legacy when we are gone .
What I am doing is to build a legacy when I am gone , ” he said .