Ace comedian Oluwaseyitan Aletile, popularly known as Seyi Law, is obviously on top of his game. Giving his popularity and successes he has recorded as a comedian of note, he has cause to thank his creator. In this exclusive interview with ADAEZE UDOM, he bares his mind on vexed issues in the nation’s entertainment industry and ways out of the woods
Why did you pick Seyi-Law as your stage name?
Seyi Law was the name given to me by Jedi. Jedi a senior comedian I respect so much. I met him in 2006 when I performed at a church and got a standing ovation for my performance. He was so impressed after the show, we met and he encouraged me, and he said I had to change my stage name from Seyi Easy to something more appealing.
What informed your choice of comedy as a profession?
I always tell people that comedy found me, I didn’t find comedy, and I had never planned to be a comedian, though I had always been the funny type, right from primary school, participating in different social activities. I had to play the funny roles and was the president of the cultural and dramatic club in my school. After I finished college, there was a small break in my academic pursuits, so I did all sorts of jobs to support my family, like selling pure water and managing my elder brother’s business centre, I did everything just to raise money.
I had a cousin, Oladipo Bubemi, who always said you always make me laugh don’t you think you should do this thing professionally but I would always laugh over it, until one day I said a joke and he really laughed over it and said, “kneel down let me pray for you. You would make presidents laugh, you would make people laugh”, and then he said, “come with me”, he was a member of a group called Props Images, a gospel music group, and then he said, “come with me, whenever they introduce us to perform, you should go on stage crack one or two jokes then introduce us formally, and that was how it started for me. That was just it; comedy found me it just came and when it came it was a life saver.
Would you have preferred to be an entrepreneur, since you spoke passionately about being in world of commerce?
I wouldn’t say I was an entrepreneur in the sense of the word; I was just looking for a means to an end. I worked at a construction site carrying blocks and cement; I remember selling fish, cooked rice and selling with my mum and a lot of other stuff. Before the business centre and all those other things, I was just looking for a way to make money to feed the family. I hadn’t the mind of an entrepreneur, I had actually wanted to study medicine. But then when comedy came everything changed.