Akpororo

Jephthah Bowoto, popularly known as Akpororo, is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, vocalist and actor.[1]

Early life and careerEdit

He is a native of Ilaje, Ondo State, Nigeria but he was born and brought up in Warri, a city in Delta State, Nigeria where he had his early education.[2] His career started off as a local gospel musician until in 2008 when he went into the National Comedy Challenge by Opa Williams and went on to win the Calabar zone of the competition.[3]

In 2009, Akpororo moved to Lagos and contested twice in the AY's Open Mic Challenge, coming second in his first try and winning the competition in his second try. He rose to popularity in 2013 following his performance at "Basketmouth's Laff and Jam" show and went on to perform in several comedy shows including "AY Live".[4] On 12 August 2014, he staged his first major comedy show "Akpororo vs Akpororo" at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre. The maiden event saw the attendance of notable musical acts and comedians.[5]

In 2014, Akpororo delved into acting, starring in the films Headgone and The Antique; with the former earning him three nominations at the 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.[6][7]

ArtistryEdit

His style of comedy is basically the fusion of secular and church-related jokes. In an interview, he revealed that he performs and cracks jokes about lunatics because he was once an attendant to mentally-ill people who came to the church he was attending for spiritual healing.[8]

Endorsement dealsEdit

In June 2015, he signed a 2-year endorsement deal with telecommunication giants Airtel Nigeria.[9][10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award ceremony Prize Result Ref
2016 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Comedy Act Nominated [11]
2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Nominated [12]
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Comedy Act of the Year Nominated [13]
2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Comedic Act Won [14]
Best New Actor Nominated
Best Comedic Act (View's Choice) Nominated
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Comedy Act of the Year Nominated [15]
2014 BEN Television Awards Comedian of the Year Nominated [16]
2014 Naija FM Comedy Awards Best Comedian of the Year Won [17]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Josephine Ijeoma Abraham following their wedding in Surulere, Lagos State on 14 November 2015.[18][19] He is a student of Lagos State University where he is studying Sociology.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ayodele, Temitope (26 March 2015). "'I am waiting for a woman who will pay my groom price' – Akpororo". Ecomium Magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ayodele, Ogunojemite (9 May 2014). "I Test My Jokes in Clubs – Akpororo". National Weekender. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ Ameh Comrade Godwin (4 November 2015). "I cried when they paid me money that changed my life – Akpororo". Daily Post News. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  4. ^ Daniel (11 July 2015). "Hunger Pushed Me To Start Comedy - Akpororo". Tori News. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  5. ^ Sean (12 August 2014). "Popular comedian, Bowoto Jephta, AKA Akpororo: Brings Akpororo Vs Akpororo' To Lagos". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  6. ^ "New Nollywood Movie 'The Antique' Starring Olu Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola premieres Oct. 19th". Daily Mail. 15 October 2014. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  7. ^ Ade-Unuigbe, Adesola (11 November 2014). "Hilarious! Sound Sultan, Ali Baba, Basketmouth, 2face Idibia & More Stars Feature in 'Head Gone'. Watch Trailer". BellaNaija. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Akpororo: My Former Liaison With Lunatics Inspired My Jokes". Entertainment Rave Newspapers. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  9. ^ Nwokike, Michael (8 August 2015). "Comedian, Akpororo shares his joy at Airtel deal, new Range Rover and more". Ecomium Magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  10. ^ Ayeotan, Shola (12 June 2015). "2face Idibia, Phyno, Patoranking, Akpororo & Ik Osakioduwa Unveiled As Airtel Nigeria Brand Ambassadors". Entertainment Express. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Nominations are Here! Find out who Made the 2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards Nominees List". BellaNaija. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  12. ^ Badmus, Kayode (12 December 2015). "IK Ogbonna, Akpororo, Falz battle for AMVCA Best Comic Actor". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Olamide Tops Nigeria Entertainent Awards Nominees' List". Naij. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  14. ^ Lawal, Fa'ud (20 October 2015). "Golden Icons Academy Awards 2015: Check full list of winners". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  15. ^ Osagie, Along (29 May 2014). "Tiwa Savage, Davido top Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2014 nominees list". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  16. ^ Mayowa Wana George (1 October 2014). "Nominees Announced For Ben TV Awards". 360Nobs. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  17. ^ Akan, Joey (3 February 2014). "Bovi, AY, Akpororo, Wale Adenuga: All The Winners From The 2014 Naija FM Comedy Awards". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  18. ^ "First Look! Star Comedian Akpororo & Josephine Abraham's Wedding". BellaNaija. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Akpororo: "My Wife's Brilliance Got Me Attracted To Her"". City People Magazine. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016.