Meeting Ali Baba, stand-up comedy pioneer changed the fortunes for Comedian D’Lectura. Photo: TV Continental
It was on a sunny afternoon on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, I called him on his mobile phone. He picked the call, I greeted, and started explaining myself to him…that I am a good comedian that came from Benin and I need his help.
He responded: ‘WHO GAVE YOU THIS NUMBER?’
I lied: ‘I saw it in a magazine’
‘I NEVER GAVE THIS NUMBER TO THE PRESS, THIS IS MY VERY PRIVATE NUMBER AND IT IS ONLY MY FAMILY MEMBERS THAT CALL ME WITH THIS LINE…WHEN YOU CALL MY BUSINESS LINE, I WILL ATTEND TO YOU’
Before I could say a word, the phone went dead.
Meanwhile a good friend gave me two of his numbers and told me that the business line is always on voice mail, so I didn’t bother calling it.
I had to wait for two days before calling the business line again. I called back on Thursday, reintroduced myself and he gave me appointment to meet him in his office on Monday. I was so happy that I forgot to ask where his office is located.
I got to Eleganza building before 10am and at the reception I was directed to his office on the 9th floor.
Meanwhile…I was in the bus on 3rd mainland bridge when I started having stomarch upset (This one na purge o).
So as a result, I couldn’t wait for the elevator to come down…I started running through the stairs to the 9th floor.
On getting to his office, I met a Youngman who coincidentally happens to be my namesake -EMMANUEL- he was actually my saviour on that faithful day because he had to give me the key to the rest room as soon as he noticed my awkward predicament.
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