Greedy people tried to promote me as a village comedian – Bovi

by Chinwe Okafor

In a recent interview with Vanguard, comedian, Bovi, spoke on being stereotyped when he first came into the industry.

He said promoters tried to portray him as a bush comic just for the sake of commercial success, but he claims to have resisted it.

Bovi also spoke on dealing with fame and struggling to find his footing in the early days of his entrance into the industry.

Read below excerpts from the interview:

“To be honest, looking back now, I don’t see them as challenges. I was so passionate I never took no as an answer. If one door closes, it was only a matter of time before I’d knock again. I started off with my sitcom extended family. My challenge was on the flip side. Fame hit me earlier than expected. Dealing with it was huge because I couldn’t even afford three square meals and good clothes or a car at the time, either did I have the energy to fake it.”

“The love from the streets was intense. So all I could do was watch and pray for my brand to be born. Another major challenge I faced was resisting the industry practice of being stereotyped.”

“I know I’m capable of many things. So I vehemently resisted being put in a box. Greedy people tried to promote me as a slap stick, rustic, village,native, bush and garage comedian. It made me livid. I saw it as an insult and a limitation. And I saw through them. This wasn’t love for me. It was love for their commercial success. I was working towards swimming in the sea and they were offering me a fish pond.”

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