I’m willing to bet that you did not know that Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome aka Alibaba once worked as a bus conductor and cab driver.
The ace comedian’s grass to grace tale is one that the entertainment industry would always remember and his latest revelation is just another icing on the cake.
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Alibaba made this disclosure during a recent interview with Channels Television, adding that he did odd jobs to survive.
Describing himself as a hubby, comic, writer, photographer, poet, artist, artiste, actor, motivational speaker, MC and talk show host, Alibaba shared his 30 years experience in the entertainment industry.
Remembering the days he had to hustle for his daily bread, Ali Baba revealed that he occasionally used his father’s car to convey people to their respective destinations as a taxi-driver.
“I have been a bus conductor before, from Ramah park back to Ogbaazu (in Delta State).
”I had my dad’s Toyota Crown. I will take the car for washing and I would do kabu-kabu (taxi), bribe him by coming with all the newspapers and put on the table,” he said.
Watch the enlightening interview below.
Alibaba: The entertainment godfather
Alibaba whose real name is Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere is the pioneer of the stand-up comedy business in Nigeria.
The 51 year old comedian comes from the royal family of Agbarha Otor in Warri, Delta state.
He started performing at corporate events and TV shows as well. Prior to him doing comedy full time there was no full time comedian in Nigeria. He created his company Alibaba Hicuppuray 3, and branded himself to corporate Nigeria by putting his face on billboards in Lagos.
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In a short while Alibaba became the number one comedian in Nigeria, and the preferred MC for most societal weddings.
Alibaba is proof that a young man will not only survive but make his way in the world with the right level of determination.
This is the message Alibaba has done his best to put out to his younger colleagues in the entertainment industry.
Alibaba is happily married to Mary Akpobome and they share three kids together.