Nigerian Comedians Need To Stop Recycling Jokes – Baba de Baba
Chidi Uzoma, popularly known as “Baba De Baba’’, is not happy with many Nigerian comedians because he feels they have become lazy.
They only feast on the sweat of others instead of putting on their own thinking caps to find a way to excel in the profession, Baba de Baba said.
This copyright infringement had become the norm among the loafing comedians and it has made several fans lose track of the real creators of many jokes, he said.
What hurts Baba de Baba most is that such ‘stolen’ jokes become trite and stale due to over flogging by the lazy ones among them.
“Fans also lose trends of the originators of particular jokes after many comedians must have turned them into their swan songs,” he said.
Baba de Baba admitted that it is always painful to him.
“The entertainment business is too expensive to maintain; so, stakeholders should always go for exclusivity that will differentiate and distinguish them from the crowd.
“So, if you sit down to create a joke for your audience and another comedian relates same at another platform it becomes boring and stale.
“Our fans will not appreciate those things; we should be able to tell who owns a joke,” he said.
The comedian noted that because of lack of creativity by comedians in the industry, most members of the public used to regard them as “never do well” people in the past.
“And parents were not encouraging their children to venture into the industry; but now; the reverse is the case.
“Since the educated ones have started coming into the fold, things have begun to change for the better but there is still room for improvement,” he said.
The comedian advised the inventors of jokes to always protect them from being stolen by the lazy ones.
According to Uzoma, his jokes are inspired by God and happenings in the society, saying, “I joined the industry because I hate seeing people angry.
“I do reasonable and informed jokes and I have over 50 videos and 2 audio CDs that run on television stations and the social media.”
In case you are wondering who Baba de Baba is, he has over 20 awards from Nigeria and abroad to his credit.
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