The First Nigerian Successful International Comedian

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Gbenga Adeboye. The first internationally successful Nigerian comedian. Everything huge Nigerian comedy stars like Basketmouth, Bovi, and Alibaba do with standup or film today was pioneered by Gbenga Adeboye. The same goes for today's viral social media comics like Maraji, Crazeclown and Twyse - the characters that inform their comedy and the skit format was pioneered by Gbenga Adeboye. He was an MC, radio host, actor, producer, poet, musician and multi-disciplinary entertainer who dominated the Nigerian comedy space in the mid to late 90s before his passing in 2003. Born Elijah Oluwagbemiga Adeboye in Ode Omu, Gbongan LGA, Osun State, Gbenga Adeboye started out hosting a radio show on Radio Lagos called Funwontan. The show was mostly freestyle sessions with Gbenga's improvised characters and his blend of Yoruba dialects interwoven with ewi. The show soon took off and became very popular leading to demand for Gbenga's content. The name of the show even became one of his aliases. The characters, Yoruba dialects and incantations remained throughout his career.

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