Popular comedians, Alibaba and Seyi have had their say on why tickets to comedy shows are too costly.
Ali Baba jumped on social media to say that tickets are expensive because it takes a lot of money to host a show in the country.
Seyi Law added his own thoughts, “Thanks @alibabagcfr for constantly trying to educate people about the efforts of entertainers and events management practitioners.
I can’t write the epistle needed to drive home this point. The cost and class demands of the events in Nigeria without sponsorship drive up ticket pricing. These and more are the reasons we are constantly grateful to media houses that oblige us their platforms for advertising. Now, AFCON is encroaching into that territory to frustrate our efforts.
What is the government doing to encourage these businesses that create 100 to 200 direct and indirect jobs per show? Make I leave the matter for now. I am looking for sponsors for my Abuja show abeg.”
Do you agree with them?
Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, professionally known as Ali Baba, is a Nigerian stand-up comedian and actor.
Ali Baba was born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria on June 24, 1965, to the royal family of Agbarha Otor. He is the first son of several children, and spent his first 8 years in Warri. His father is a retired soldier who served in Lagos.
He attended Ojo Primary School and Command Secondary School in Lagos. He furthered his education at Ibru College in Agbarha-Otor and Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University), Ekpoma where he focused on Religious Studies & Philosophy.
After completing his academic degree in 1990, he relocated back to Lagos, to develop his comedic talent he discovered at the university. Originally, he planned to study Law but decided he could be more successful by making people laugh than by defending them.
He began his professional career performing at corporate events, appearing on television shows with Patrick Doyle, Charly Boy and Danladi Bako, and making cameo appearances on radio shows with Bisi Olatilo, Sani Irabor and Mani Onumonmu. He also worked with Dapo Adelegan of DP Lekki Limited as executive assistant in 1991.
Ali Baba is married to Mary Akpobome. They have five children Xsara, Brenda, twin boys, Ejiro and Tejiri, and Valerie.