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Don’t pant for fame

Don’t pant for fame

Bamidele Kolawole & Seye Fakinlede
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Popular comedian and talk host, Stephen Oluwafemi Sotonwa, aka Sweet Steve, has assured his fans  to be expecting greater unveiling from him, promising that he would never disappoint them.

During  an interview  with  Friday Extravaganza he implored  comedians not to pant for fame, make some money saying It is better to be called an unknown billionaires than to be popularly poor.

The Nigerian entertainer and broadcaster spoke about his background, journey in the entertainment industry, finding his foot and his future plans.

Sweet Steve is of different phases to different folks at different times. He is a broadcaster, a compere, comedian, an event planner amongst others.

The comedian who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State grew up in Mushin, a place popularly referred to as “Mushin Olosha” in Lagos State  and  hold a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Psychology at the defunct University of Ado Ekiti (UNAD), now Ekiti State University (EKSU).

According to Sweet Steve, he had earlier got an admission to studying medicine but his twist of career today is actually a plus for him whenever he comperes , applying his field of study to observe the mood of his audience.

As a broadcaster, he revealed that he began his broadcasting carrier in 2001 and had since then worked with quite a number of stations across the country namely; Kwara State Television Authority in Ilorin , Radio Kwara,  Midland FM, Star FM Lagos, Hot FM In Owerri, BSCS in Ado Ekiti , Progress FM At Ado Ekiti and currently at Orange FM, Akure.

He revealed how he doggedly juggled  jobs, show hosting, and anchoring event before settling for what he does now.

“As a student on campus, I was doing a lot of things , I had my shows on TV and radio, I was doing my stage shows, compere event, I was a full time student and I also got a job at the bank.  I was juggling all of that together until I broke down,  and then my dad looked at me and said, you want to do a lot, you have got huge aspiration, at this time, decide which one do you want to do, banker or your show biz? If I wanted money, perhaps I would have done banking, but I might not be fulfilled. I wanted something that would give me money and fulfilment.”

“What I do basically is what I call introspection and observation. If you check my style of comedy, I’m not the type that stress myself. I do most of what I do on stage effortlessly including acting if I have to. I just deliver,  I observe people which is one of major tools of psychology. A good joke must have a head, a body, and a punch line, if you understand that theory, you can apply whatever joke I do with it. So your level of spontaneously determines everything during the joke. And this helps you to get whatsoever reaction you want to.”

Sweet Steve noted that he didn’t learn the craft from any body but had always found himself funny.  He believes that his humour is an innate gift, recalling some childhood event most especially his jokes on how some popular house-hold brands were formed.

According to him, his life as a compere began exactly 15-years ago and this has taken him across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

He stated that he has compered quite a number of shows like Glo Laffa Fest, SOGAN- that is The Society of Ghana Gynecologist Nigeria, NBA, Gbenga Adeyinka’s events, and a number of wedding parties.

According to him, none of these shows was less or more important. For most of those previous events had been where he got referrals for more gigs.

He believed his ability to be spontaneous, has a way in his dexterous humorous delivery. Saying he has gained a mastery in strategic joke delivery through introspection and observation.

The comedian emphasized the importance of formal education to whatever craft, or trade anyone finally decides to venture.

According to him, Lafta Unplug will have it’s 7th edition this year .

Sweet Steve expressed his misgivings, decrying the challenges facing comperes in this part of Nigeria, Akure to be precise. He said comperes are seen as surcharges, badmouthing the nature of their job when given their bill.

He urged his young colleagues to develop themselves from time to time, get education and work on  themselves.

Owena Press Limited (Publisher of The Hope Newspaper), Akure

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