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August 26, 2016

How I was paid N800 for my first show – fast-rising comedian Kenny Black

How I was paid N800 for my first show - fast-rising comedian Kenny Black
In an interview with Aramide Shanu, fast rising comedian and musician Kehinde Peter “Kenny Black” Otolorin  narrated how he started out in the entertainment industry,

His words:

“My journey started in August 9, 2008, that was when I got on stage for the first time. Somebody had told me that, “Kehinde, why can’t you start doing stand up comedy?”

“At that time, I had no answers but I started to watch people do it. Later, I was invited to do a rally called ‘Miss Ejigbo’ in Lagos and after the rally they called me again that they were having a comedy concert and they want me to perform. I had never been on stage performing as a comedian but I had been on stage acting and singing, so I said no problem because everything starts one day.

“That day, I went on stage without a stage name but the organisers insisted on one for me so I told them that I didn’t want a name that would be far from my real name, a name that people could easily interpret. So, I looked at my facial appearance and saw how dark my skin was so I decided to choose Kenny, the short form of Kehinde and my complexion,  black.

“That was how Kenny black became my stage name. The first wedding I was invited to as a comedian was in 2009 and I was paid N800. To me, at that time, it was a lot of money because I had not been paid that kind of money.”

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