Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, better known as Alibaba, holds a special place in the hearts of comedy enthusiasts worldwide. Born into the royal family of Agbarha Otor, Nigeria, on June 24, 1965, Alibaba emerged as the founding father of comedy in Nigeria, captivating audiences with his stand-up performances, acting, writing, and motivational speaking.
This article delves into the fascinating life and achievements of the “King of Comedy.”
Alibaba Early Life
Alibaba’s journey into the world of humour began in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. Born into the royal family of Agbarha Otor, he spent his formative years in Warri, nurturing his creativity and wit. Being the first son among several siblings, Alibaba’s early experiences shaped the foundation of his distinct comedic style.
Alibaba’s pursuit of education led him to Ojo Primary School and Command Secondary School in Lagos. His thirst for knowledge drove him to Ibru College in Agbarha Otor and later Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma. There, he immersed himself in Religious Studies and Philosophy, cultivating a unique perspective that would later infuse his comedic narratives.
Alibaba Career and Achievements
After completing his academic journey in 1990, Alibaba returned to Lagos with a mission to hone the comedic talent he had discovered in university. His professional career ignited on the stages of corporate events and television shows. Collaborations with influential personalities like Charlie Boy, Patrick Doyle, and Danladi Barka showcased his versatility.
In 1991, Alibaba’s association with Dapo Adelegan of Dp Lekki Limited as an executive assistant marked a turning point. Through sheer dedication and creative dynamism, Alibaba etched his name in the annals of comedy. His mastery of ceremonies at various events solidified his reputation as a premier comedian.
In 1993, Alibaba founded Alibaba Hicuppuray 3rd, a company aimed at elevating the status of comedians as professionals. He championed the “Being Funny is Serious Business” message on strategic Lagos billboards, redefining the perception of comedy.
His commitment extended beyond personal success; Alibaba’s mentorship cultivated emerging comedians, ensuring quality and professionalism in the industry.
Alibaba Awards and Recognition
Alibaba’s brilliance earned him numerous accolades, including:
– Outstanding Performance of Laughter Awards 2001
– Immense contribution to the comedy Industry 2002
– Icon of Comedy, First Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2004
– Comedy Enterprise, National Comedy Awards 2005
– Diamond Award for Comedy 2008
– Comedy For Change, commemorating 20 years on stage 2010
His induction into the Johnie Walker ‘Striding Man’ Society and ringing the year-end closing bell of the Nigerian Stock Exchange further solidified his stature.
Alibaba Family and Net Worth
Alibaba’s personal life radiates happiness as he shares it with his wife, Mary Akpobome, and their five children. His financial success mirrors his comedic triumphs, with Forbes estimating his net worth at $10 million. Besides his entertainment ventures, Alibaba owns various businesses that contribute to his remarkable wealth.
AlibabaHouse and Car Collection
Reflecting his moniker as the “King of Comedy,” Alibaba’s opulent residence in the upscale Nicon Town, Lagos, stands as a testament to his dedication to excellence. This palatial mansion boasts multiple sitting rooms, seven bedrooms, and luxurious amenities.
Alibaba’s affinity for cars is evident through his impressive collection:
– Over 10 luxurious cars valued at over 300 million naira
– Customized trucks worth over 45 million naira
– Mercedes E Class, Land Cruiser, LR3, and other sporty utility vans