Connect with us


Ibadan residents in heated debate over use of real life experiences by comedians



Some Ibadan residents on Tuesday engaged in heated debate over the use of real life experiences of Nigerians by comedians for their stand up shows.

While some told the Nigeria News Agency that art mirrors life and using real life experiences was in order, others said this could be offensive to those at the receiving end.

Mr Adefope Adeniran, a gaming consultant, said using people’s conditions and situations to ‘crack jokes’ could be offensive, adding that this, however, depended on how the comedians presented their punchlines.

“I can make jokes of my body structure and that of my friends because we are friends and are used to cracking jokes about ourselves.

“But taking out of the personal experiences and happenings in the lives of others as a joke without proper presentation could be taken as offensive and mocking their situations.

” If a comedian, however, finds a way to present his punchlines without sounding offensive, then it will not be a problem,” he said.

Adeniran added that people in the society do not mind seeing others being the butt of jokes provided they are not people they have affection for.

Another respondent and entrepreneur, Mrs Tosin Awogbami, said that it was in order for comedians to make snide remarks about people so long as it elicited laughter.

“It is now up to the people concerned not to take those comments to heart whenever they hear them,”she said.

Mr Omotola Siyanbola, the Chief Executive Officer of Pac Photography, however, urged comedians to be sensitive enough to avoid derogatory jokes.

“Some jokes are not meant to be told. They should censor what they are about to say.

“It depends on the joke though; as long as the joke is not derogatory, it is fine,” she said.

Mr  Olayiwola Ogedengbe, the CEO of Lamas Clothing Nigeria, said that many comedians  often conceive jokes just to make money and not to cause harm.

Mr Dare Ayelabola, a musician, on his part, said that  while some comedians are able to adopt real life experiences to provide entertainment, others end up being offensive.

“You do not just say things about people when you do not really know them and say it is a joke.

“I do not have anything against comedians making jokes out of people and society, but they must be conversant about what they are joking about, ” he said.    (

Edited by: Chidinma Agu/Mufutau Ojo)

Load more

Contact US: editor[at], nnnnews247[at]

Recent Posts

NNN News Nigeria: NNN is an online Nigeria news portal that publishes breaking news in politics, business, entertainment, sport, security, features, opinion, environment, education, technology, and the world news at large. NNN publishes only news that is factual, credible, verifiable, authoritative and investigative. NNN is a media subscriber of the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a unique media organization that is founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comprising of ordinary people with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favor. Contact: editor[at]

© 2014 - 2019 NNN News Nigeria. All Rights Reserved.