During an interview with the uprising Nigerian, United-Kingdom based comedienne; Oluwaseyi Alabi popularly known as Omoiyaseri with hotjist.com, she revealed that Nigeria’s comedy industry is better than other countries with it giving birth to amazing talents.
- How would you describe yourself?
My name is MrsOluwaseyiAlabi nee Onifade, I am a mum of 3 gorgeous children. I hail from Oyo State and I was born in Ibadan. I am the sixth of six children of my parents,Mr and MrsOnifade.
- When did you start comedy business?
I cannot really put a time or date to when I started comedy as I have always been making people laugh even when I am making normal conversations with people. Comedy in me was born when I was born. I am also a very jovial and very loud person and making people laugh just comes naturally. The motivation to do it professionally was triggered during a Sunday service at church when a visiting pastor who was also a motivational speaker said and I quote “people want to do things, but they are scared of what people will say or do to them, and he said just stand up and do it”. That really got to me and I knew he was talking about me and to me and that was the birth of Omoiyaseri per say.
- What brought about the name Omoiyaseri?
I am a confirmed Ibadan girl, and my mum’s first daughter was named Seri but she is late as I never met her. My mum is still called Iya Seri till date even though my big sis is no more. So I decided to honour my mum and my late sis even though I never met her, hence the name Omoiyaseri. The name is dedicated to my mum (living) and my late sis; Seri.
- How did your parents react to your decision?
We all know that African parents love education, so I have never given my parents any concern in that aspect, I graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Diploma in Industrial Relations and Trade Unionism. Subsequent to that, I proceeded to the United Kingdom to further my education and I got a higher Diploma in Business Management at South Thames College London and a Barchelor of Arts (BA Hons) in Business Management from the University of Cumbria, United Kingdom. So me doing comedy was never a problem to my family as I have achieved enough interms of education and I am an adult, so I had no problem whatsoever with my family when I decided to go into comedy.
- What inspires you?
Hmmm, thirst for success and being able to provide in abundance for my children makes me want to work day and night until SUCCESS is written all over my face. (Smiling) and I believe God answers prayers; so I pray.
- Are you married? How has the marriage experience been?
I am indeed married and I got married because I felt ready and so was my partner who is now my husband and God made it happen and He blessed us with three gorgeous children, (2 boys and 1 girl)
Marriage is a journey that has no specific destination; you just keep going and blessing God for each and every day. It’s beautiful, it’s stressful, it teaches one to be patient, to accommodate each other’s faults as no one is perfect. The list is endless but I will tell you that I will not change it for the world as I have the bone of my bone as my husband.
- What is the best and worst moment of your life?
That is a pretty tricky question, but if I have to say, the best moment of my life was welcoming my three jewels to this world and whenever I hear them call me mum and when they tell me they love me, my joy knows no bound and I am forever grateful to God for blessing me with such amazing children.
The worst moment of my life was the day my father passed away, 15 years on and it has created a void in my life that no one can ever fill, but God giveth and taketh and I believe he is resting with God. I love you so much Daddy.
- Why have you decided to stay out of the Country?
My husband lives in the United Kingdom so I have no choice but to stay here with my family, and he supports what I do 100%, so travelling and doing my business isn’t a problem with us, as we plan our time and schedules together.
- What’s your say on the economic situation of Nigeria?
There is nothing really to say than to pray for a better Nigeria. We all know that Nigeria as a whole needs God’s intervention and leaders who have the interest of common Nigerians at heart.
- How do you see the comedy industry in Nigeria and that of abroad?
Nigeria comedy business is growing really fast and in the right direction, and it has given birth to amazing talents while raw talents are evolving every day. In terms of comparison, Nigeria comedy industry is almost surpassing that of other countries. So well done to all that has made it happen.
- Which of your comedy skit do you like best and why?
I love all my works equally as you would not be asking a mother to choose between her children, but if I have to answer that, it will be Omoiyaseri in London Episode 1. The reason is because of the message the short skit passed across to all those that think money grows on trees abroad and thereby demanding too much from their relatives abroad. It was very funny and full of information for Africans back home. The response to the skit from the public was amazing and it was and it’s still a thing of joy to me whenever I read people’s comments on the video.
- Have you experienced a situation whereby you crack jokes and your audience refuses to laugh?
Never! And I hope it never happens.
- Is this the kind of business you would encourage your children to do?
Yes and it all depends if I perceive an incline from my children then I will support them, but I will never force them or guilt them into doing comedy because I am doing it or did it.
- Where do you see yourself in the next four years?
By the grace of God, I would love to see myself performing in arenas, signing endorsements from reputable companies home and abroad. Seeing my face on billboards all around the world. I just really want to make the world laugh together as one. I am all for success and more success and more and more Success with the help of Almighty God.
What’s your advice to those aspiring to be like you?
JUST DO IT and never look back or listen to those that tell you cannot DO IT as you are the only one who can let it happen with the help of God. No one can stop you. So DO IT ANYWAY.