What My Father Did To Me For 10 Years Over Choice Of Dumping Law For Comedy – Alibaba.
Veteran Nigerian comedian cum actor, Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, popularly known as Alibaba, has recounted how his father kept malice with him for a decade for choosing comedy over law.
Streetdope reports that Alibaba made this known during an interview on The Honest Bunch Podcast, hosted by media personality, Nedu.
Alibaba said after graduation from the university, he informed his father about his intention to become a comedian, and his reaction forced him to abscond from home, stressing that all attempts to reach his dad failed.
He said he became determined to be a successful comedian to prove his father wrong.
He said, “My dad is a bookworm. He got his PhD at 86. I told him, I said, ‘Daddy, I came from school to tell you something.’ He said, ‘Okay, have you been rusticated?’ I said, ‘No. I’ve decided that I don’t want to read law. I want to do comedy.’
“He asked, ‘Comedy like what?’ I said, ‘Like cracking jokes.’ He laughed and asked my younger brother to call my uncle who lived close by. When my uncle came, he asked what the matter was and I said I don’t want to read law again that I want to do comedy. He said that means I’ve found another father, stressing that I can’t be part of the family and won’t read law. He said all the money my dad spent on me was wasted. He told my dad to handle the situation and left.
I knew I couldn’t sleep in that house because my dad would beat me. So as my uncle was going out, I followed him to lock the burglary and I didn’t go back in. And my dad and I didn’t talk from 1988 – 1998. Ten years. I tried to reach out to him. I went one time to talk to him but he didn’t want to see me.
This was the thing. So people ask, ‘Where did you get the inspiration to become a great comedian?’ I was committed. I was like I want to prove him [my dad] wrong.”