Alibaba: My Dad Refused To Accept Me For 10 Years
Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, a renowned Nigerian comedian, widely known as Alibaba, shared a personal revelation during the Christmas edition of The Honest Bunch Podcast.
He disclosed that his father harbored resentment toward him for a decade because he chose a career in comedy instead of becoming a lawyer.
Alibaba recounted the moment he informed his father about his decision, leading to a negative reaction that prompted him to leave home.
Despite the prolonged malice, Alibaba was determined to succeed in comedy as a means of proving his father wrong.
Alibaba said, “My dad is a bookworm. He got his PhD at 86. I told him, I said, ‘Daddy, I came from school to tell you something.’ He said, ‘Okay, have you been rusticated?’ I said, ‘No. I’ve decided that I don’t want to read law. I want to do comedy.’
“He asked, ‘Comedy like what?’ I said, ‘Like cracking jokes.’ He laughed and asked my younger brother to call my uncle who lived close by. When my uncle came, he asked what the matter was and I said I don’t want to read law again that I want to do comedy. He said that means I’ve found another father, stressing that I can’t be part of the family and won’t read law. He said all the money my dad spent on me was wasted. He told my dad to handle the situation and left.
“I knew I couldn’t sleep in that house because my dad would beat me. So as my uncle was going out, I followed him to lock the burglary and I didn’t go back in. And my dad and I didn’t talk from 1988 – 1998. Ten years. I tried to reach out to him. I went one time to talk to him but he didn’t want to see me.
“This was the thing. So people ask, ‘Where did you get the inspiration to become a great comedian?’ I was committed. I was like I want to prove him [my Dad] wrong.”