Akpalapa: comedy is not for every Tom, Dick and Harry
Akpalapa Rejoice, also known as Emperor the Akpalapa1 in the entertainment industry, is one of those upping the ante in humour business in the country. His stagecraft and jokes show that he is not into the business by accident or lack of things to do. Though not counted among the A-list comedians in the country, Emperor has surely carved a niche for himself with his presentation.
Emperor, who attended the Niger Delta University, where he studied business management, ventured into the business in his university day, but went professional in 2010 after graduation.
On his journey so far into the entertainment sector, the Oloibiri, Bayelsa State-born comedian said “I started comedy in the church at my first year in Niger Delta University. I discovered my talent at a tender age because I used to crack jokes whenever I go to farm with my late mother. I never knew I would become a professional comedian until I began to handle MC jobs, make people laugh and make some money that I discovered I could do better if I put in more effort.
“Though my pastor told me I can do better and that I can even become a great comedian like Gordon, Akpororo and other big stars in the industry. Her advice spurred me to do more and I am not relenting,” he said.
Going professional in 2010, Emperor said if he had not been a comedian, he would have been a behind-the-camera person, editing and producing videos or a public relations officer.
“I can also edit and produce videos. I am equally good at public relations. In fact, had comedy not chosen me, I would have gone for any of these jobs,” he disclosed.
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