Category: Nigerian Comedians

Koffi Idowu Nuel is a popular Nigerian comedian, broadcaster, musician, stage director, actor and generally an entertainer.

When it comes to stand-up comedy in Nigeria, he is a remarkable personality with diverse talents and captivating jokes.

The Ijebu born Koffi was born by a Togolese mother and Nigerian father from Ibeju Lekki in Lagos.

He attended Adrao Nursery and Primary School, Kuramo in Victoria Island between 1982 and 1988. He started secondary school in 1989 at Abusi Edumare Academy, Ijebu Igbo in Ogun State, where he spent a year before he was transferred to Molusi College, also in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State the following year.

After completing his secondary school education, Kofi gained admission into University of Lagos where he studied Chemistry and later went into full time entertainment, putting together comedy, music and acting as his career.

Kofi started acting at Theatre 15 at the University of Lagos as actor while studying Chemistry.

Koffi who describes himself as an intellect, said he expresses himself through music, comedy or acting.

He is married to Kofoworola a graduate of University of Lagos. They met while they were students at the University of Lagos. They have children.

Quotes Credited to Koffi

“If you want to be like me, you can’t. Just be you, put God first and work very hard. You will get to your pinnacle and no matter how hard it is, you will get there.”

About people not taking comedians serious:

“For me, the way I see things, it is not exactly problem, it is just the way society see things. Comedians have been so stereotyped to be just stand-up comedians; people who don’t try to see the other aspect of what you can do like music-comedy or acting comedy and take them serious.”

“It is just a few people that have been able to break those barriers. For me, I have been able to veer into music production so that people can see that as a comedian, you have other talents and people can recognize those talents in you.”

“There is Jamie Fox in America that started from a sitcom, became a comedian and still sings beautifully. So, it can also be done here if you have the ability.”

Yes, almost all the time. I was in traffic the other day when someone hit my side mirror; I was provoked but he recognized me and screamed, “Oh Koffi na you. Bye bye!” and he left.

Whether I am fuming or not, people don’t take me seriously. In the opening of my show Po in 2009 where I walked on stage with a towel and my butt exposed, people were shocked and say, “We saw your nakedness” some people still mock me with that.

About his views about life:

“I was brought up in a strict Christian way. And that has really helped me, over the years and by the grace of God, I don’t intend to fall by the way.”

His thoughts about Nigeria:

“I am so positive about Niaja, that one day the country will be very great. And as you can see, things are changing gradually. If Oshodi, such a notorious black spot, could be transformed that means better days are coming. It is just a matter of time. We as citizens of this country just need to appreciate this country and make it proud of us. Hence we too will be proud of it. “

“I am happy doing what I am doing. The money is not really coming in as expected but one is still grateful to God.”

About the comedy industry:

“We are growing, but we need to do more. We comedians need to work on branding ourselves and do more of endorsements. That is another avenue through which we can make some money, aside comedy. I am optimistic that the comedy industry is going places.”

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