Derby, UK, where I am majoring in media studies. My father has five
children; three girls (Xsara, Brandi, Valerie) and two boys (Ejiro and
Tejiri, who are twins).
entertainers and the media, I sort of gravitated towards it. I’ve never
seen myself doing anything else. As a child, I actually wanted to become
a musician. Anytime artistes came to our house, we would dance to their
songs and we were very fond of that. I never thought of being a
comedian or an actress because I used to have stage fright.
don’t remember there being a dull moment. If we didn’t have guests, we
always found a way to entertain ourselves. My dad used to buy us board
games like chess, scrabble, draft, monopoly, among others.
frequently. We also used to go to several resorts and game centres in
Lekki where we would swim and generally have fun.
busy his schedule gets, he tries to create as much time as possible for
us. If he knows that he would be very busy and we don’t have to go to
school, he would take us along with him to events and rehearsals. And
when he needs to go on stage, he would assign someone to watch over us.
Sometimes, we spend the whole day with him at the office, or we could
just drive around Lagos with him. Even when we’re in school, he comes to
see us as much as he can.
look at him and I see all that he is doing. I see how comfortable he is
on stage, and as much as I am happy that he is doing well and has
achieved so much at a young age, I also think about the big shoes that
I’m expected to fill.
they know that he is my father and they tell me they want to meet him.
But most times, I try as much as I can not to let everyone know who he
is. I want to be treated the same as other students and get the same
what I’m passionate about because if I go into it for just money, I
would never really enjoy it. And I wouldn’t even be able to put as much
effort and passion into it. Meanwhile, if it is something I love, I
would be able to reach my full potential.
all funny in our different ways. I think Tejiri is the funniest though
not in a stand-up kind of way.
beat us a lot. He used to get us whatever we wanted, such as snacks and
movies. But he could not stand children being rude and undisciplined. It
makes him mad. Sometimes, he would ground us, and if that doesn’t work,
he wouldn’t spare the rod. He could also restrict us from doing certain
things like watching TV, having access to electronic gadgets, among
‘Your children have been very naugh…’ he wouldn’t even wait to hear the
end of the statement before calling for us.
home. We talk about anything and everything, ranging from social media
to current affairs, and even things that I witnessed. Sometimes, I come
up with jokes, and I run them by him for brushing up, as well as
business plans. Apart from comedy, one other thing I respect about my
dad is his intellectual prowess because he is so smart. If you take any
problem to him, he would be more than willing to help you.
that he would just prefer not to touch. As much as we talk about a lot
of different things, when it comes to that area, he would always see me
as his little girl. One time, he talked about people sending their
applications to Warri if they were interested in me, but it was just a
comedians that he had helped in one way or the other; and they were
about 12 in all. I felt if there was space in the paper, there would
have been more names, and I was inspired that he is part of the success
stories of so many people. I just hope that one day, I could also double
the amount of people he helped.
breadwinner of the family. I just laughed because people just look for
things to say, whether it’s true or not. If someone charges nothing less
than N3m for a show, you can imagine how much he would make per month
if he attends about five shows per week. Sometimes, he could even charge
up to N10m. It doesn’t even matter who makes more in a marriage because
it is a union and two have become one.
among others. It was very interesting having them around and that’s one
of the reasons we were never bored.
Obruthe; they usually visit every Sunday. He used to have a best friend
called Efe, but he is late now, sadly.
one thing to buy gifts, and it’s another to buy gifts that would last.
Whenever, I want to buy him gifts, I always make sure that it would be
durable, so it has to be of high quality. Though he would gladly accept
whatever gift you get him, but I just want them to last longer. However,
one of the best gifts to buy for him is a book. He reads all the time.
times; he doesn’t believe in fake life. And I think the most important
lesson is to never settle for less. If you know your worth, always
insist on it, no matter what.
goals. They have been through it all and they are still going strong.
They started off as friends and that’s why everything seems so easy.
They have their ups and downs like everybody else but they deal with it
so well that we, the children, wouldn’t even know about it. They relate
with each other like best friends.
time we were in London and it was very cold outside. We didn’t know it
would be that cold so when we stepped outside, we didn’t really dress
for the weather. My mum was freezing and my dad took off his shirt and
wrapped it around her. Meanwhile, all he was wearing was just a vest.
And when her leg is hurting, he would carry her up the stairs so that
she wouldn’t have to walk.
and he is very social media savvy. He has a lot of followers on social
media and he puts in a lot of time into each post he uploads online.
Most fathers I know just post pictures occasionally even without
captions, but my dad often takes his time to put up meaningful posts.
time with his children. He loves trucks too and is obsessed with royal
purple colour. He dislikes dishonesty and sluggishness.
try to do something special for him on that day like bringing him
breakfast in bed. Even though we treat him like a king every day; on
Father’s Day, we give him double dose.