“The entertainment industry needs more regulation and support”

Tomiwa Sage

You may recognize Adetomiwa Kukoyi from his stint on MNET’s comedy sitcom, The Johnsons or perhaps you attended one of the many events he has anchored, but make no mistake, acting and hosting events is just scratching the surface when it comes to this young man. The University of Ibadan, Theatre Arts graduate is also a writer, model, performer and he is well on his way to becoming one of the most prolific faces of the owambe industry. We recently had a sit down with Tomiwa as he shared with us his background, career, and sundry matters.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started?

I am Adetomiwa Kukoyi, a great grandson of the Egbo Family in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State. I am an actor, comedian, and TV host. I am also an apprentice writer. I have short stories on Ijebu Boy. My career kicked off professionally while at the University of Ibadan where I studied Theatre Arts. I got into the University of Ibadan in 2006 and quickly showed my interest in comedy. I remember one of the guys who took us through our orientation said, "If you love comedy, follow Lafup" which I did and it was from him I learnt most of the tricks of the industry. My first professional corporate event was anchoring the official launch of Tara Orekelewa Ibadan outlet. That was also through Lafup.

How have you built such an excellent reputation in your line of work?

By exceeding my expectations and that of the client’s and also by reinventing your art. Ensuring that no two events are anchored the same way. I don't think there's a client I’ve worked for only once.

If you didn’t go into entertainment, what would you have been (in life)?

I think I would have been either in the military, advertising or in foreign affairs. I still think there is a large probability I’ll end up in the third later in life.

How have you been able to juggle being an actor, MC, and comedian at the same time?

I've always found this question to be tricky. It is hard to choose one art form over another. From spoken words to acting, writing, painting, dancing and then comedy, these are all art expressions I've learnt over the years and can express myself in. Put me on stage with a canvas, a mic, a set of drums and I guarantee you'll get the worth for your money.

Gun to your head, if you were asked to forfeit one of them for the others, which would it be?

Ha! The gun would have to pop. Kuku kill me…

What do you think is the entertainment industry’s biggest problem?

Regulations and support. Have you seen the way Nigerians treat artistes and creative people generally? They claim to love them but never really let them be artistes.

Secondly, everybody seems to just dabble into the industry without proper knowledge of what they want. Piracy too, do you know there are people who have invested millions into a movie in this country and never made a dime off it? Don’t even get me started on artiste's welfare.

Nollywood is the biggest film industry in the world and we don’t even have a movie village. There are no laws to jail people who tamper with our works, yet a typical movie location employs about 200 people.

Describe yourself in one word?

Amazing!

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