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Updated! – First Julius Agwu, Now AY! Are Autobiographies the New Frontier for Nigerian Comedians?

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“Ohon! ohon!” Wouldn’t you like to take a peek in “AY’s Diary”?

Following in the footsteps of one of Africa’s comedy greats, Julius Agwu, Ayo Makun, more popularly known as the comedian AY, is currently working on his autobiography. He’s aptly titled it, “AY’s Diary: Just Laugh” so I’m guessing we should be ready for a little bit of gossip here and there.

But, this brings a barrage of questions to mind. From what I recall, most autobiographies are written by icons from different walks of life in their old age. For example, Nelson Mandela‘s “Long Walk to Freedom” was published in 1994 when he was about 76 years old and Bill Clinton‘s “My Life” was published in 2004 when he was about 58 years old.

So, why do our relatively young comedians feel the need to take us on a journey through their lives. Even widely celebrated comedian Richard Pryor‘s “Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences” wasn’t published until 1997 when he was about 57 years old.

What do you guys think?

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Update: Ace comedian AY has provided more information about his new book. It is a book which serves as a guide for upcoming comedians and entrepreneurs. Using AY’s experiences as a reference point to help guide them as they chart their course. That’s a great initiative! Here’s the official press release:

AY’s Diary: Just Laugh, which has been on going since last year, is an intellectual masterpiece with the identification of humour as an essential ingredient of life.

It speaks more eloquently in the direction of helping younger comedians to gain inroad into the comedy industry by understanding the vocation of a comedian, the don’ts and do’s of humour, laughable experiences and the need for compulsory education as personal empowerment tool for professional stand-up comedians.

The book, which was inspired by the meteoric rise of a highly creative entrepreneur in the comedy industry, also reveals other useful comedy tips from the same brand that created the platform for comedians like Seyi Law, Elenu, Akpororo, Emeka Smith, Mc Shakara, Ajebo, Pencil, Eboh Bomb and a host of others.”

28 Comments

  1. lol

    May 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Every one wants to make history. Sharp Sharp 🙂

  2. Otunba

    May 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    This is part 1. Part 2 will be out when they get to 70. Money making tinz

  3. Amazeballs!

    May 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Wait oh, is Ay wearing lip gloss in that picture??

    • be real

      May 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      i think so..lips look so glossy..lol

    • nene

      May 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      LMAO. shiny lips.

  4. Sexxie

    May 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    They are catching the FF virus that causes follow follow syndrome. Good luck to them.

  5. Gbemmy

    May 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Yes he is,lol…….

  6. Doki

    May 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    It just proves that our so called entertainers have lost all sense of objectivity. If I may ask, who the heck is Ay?

    • Idak

      May 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      who the heck is Ay?
      A very hard working entertainment hustler often mistaken for a comedian. Dude is dry for days but you can’t knock his hustle.

    • Thatgidigirl

      May 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      @ idak, u can say that again,he’s a dry comedian but u can’t hate even on his hustle. As for the autobiography, its a typical nigerian jack of all trade thing…….anything to stay afloat and relevant.

  7. lol

    May 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    this is good.

  8. london's finest

    May 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    nigerians and the ”cop copy” syndrome !

    smh !

  9. lol

    May 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    ‘__’ may he not choke on that laugh. fox

  10. tessy

    May 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Na wa ooooooooo..

  11. Victor obi

    May 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Everybody needs quik money

  12. gistyinka blog

    May 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    that is my country orientation for all of us…

  13. Tongryang Pantu

    May 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    i think it a good thing they are documenting their life struggles, trust me, it will inspire someone. Plus autobiographies, dairies aren’t just for older people or political leaders. Ever heard of the Annie Frank diaries? it was written by a 14 year old girl in a Nazi concentration camp and its still making waves today, besides, this guys want to share their story to inspire others, even if the book is devoid of inspiration, it surely will be entertaining so? Onos, autobiographers aren’t exclusively old people. For me, its a welcome initiative, regardless of the motive

  14. kkkkk

    May 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    There is just something about this man dat does not rest well with me…

  15. salsera

    May 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

    but anne franks diary became popular years after her death and she did not write it to be published, like most people she just wrote a diary.
    I think they are just doing it now because they dont think they will still be relevant in 20years so they are striking it now while they are still hot.

  16. hmm

    May 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    you know in Nigeria, everything is skewed. we use words loosely, words like “icon” can be used for an akara seller so far we think she has fried it for a couple of years. so, everyone is trying to be important even if they’ve brought tears than smiles. let’s see what lies in the pages of the book, but trust me, i’m not gonna put my money nor my time on such a book.

    • Nwakaeku

      May 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Dear you got it,just like the word legend being used anyhow.

  17. Miss Anonymous

    May 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

    No comment

  18. me

    May 23, 2013 at 9:21 am

    lol

  19. nan

    May 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    copy copy……… with your dry jokes!!!

  20. MC YARN,[COMEDIAN]GCON,MACO

    May 27, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Well all manners of ugly comment has been told and said,is too much
    Even if you are not that funny just create your own way of entertaining
    Nigeria!and not only collect money from hard working nigeria,also give out to Nigeria, pls the feel for washing eny form of entertainment is too mush,haba

  21. Back2sender

    February 6, 2014 at 12:08 am

    He is trying so much,I knows what it takes to sit down and crack jokes,isn’t that easy.Keep it up,man.You all will soon hear my voice,I still remain Back2sender,the upcoming stand-up comedian.Thank you….

  22. Angelina

    June 21, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Where can i buy the Book please, i didnt find it in Shoprite

  23. Wisebizwealth

    June 21, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Would love 2 read the biography, which Store can i get it, help please

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