Francis Agoda is a Nigerian Comedian with a vision.
Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye or I Go Die, was born 4 April 1979 in Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria. He grew up at Okpara water side with his grand Mother, Queen Agnes.
The numerous challenges facing his rural community and Nigeria in general motivated him to the limelight of comedy and publications to address some burning issues confronting mankind. He is a motivational speaker, writer and social crusader.
I go die had his elementary school education at Ighogbadu primary school and College of Commerce, Warri Delta State.
In his school days I go die was a member of the Junior Engineering Technical society and was made the zonal project manager to represent Delta State.
“In 1992, as a young kid, he met the then first executive governor of Delta State Olorogun Felix Ibru after he exhibited a usual creativity, for someone who grew up in the village to have the foresight to invent an Hover craft ship, radio transmitter, hair dryer, projector, electric solar table fan and flying helicopter, that made him the first African child to have built a flying helicopter and moving Hover craft ship”.
However, his exemplary artistry has not only earned him fame and awards but has continued to promote global peace and child welfare. He has organized several international comedy shows such as “I go dye Standing.”
His life Background
We learnt I go die was awarded a scholarship to study structural engineering at New York University. His view about life according to the mother was something mysterious or sacred and she described her son as having a great inherent spiritual gift that made him a special child.
Before long, I go die passion for comedy brought him to the limelight of comedy and he used the God’s gifted talents to address the negative factors affecting young children and many unprivileged people, based on the challenges he witnessed while growing up in the village as a young kid.
We are told that the name I Go dye was derived from the surname “Agoda”. I GO DYE translated to mean “(Initiative guide on developing youth endowment)”.
His mother pulled him out of United college of Commerce to Essi college warri so that his uncle, a teacher in that school could monitor his activities. We are told it was in that school, I go dye met his best friend of today Otagware Onodjeyeke (Otas) now known as Igosave. From 1994, they both started presenting mock news in Delta Broadcasting Service, where they addressed several issues affecting the society.
Later in life, he got a contract as a Stand up comedian at Prest Motel in Benin City where he was paid some money per show, while he also broaden his horizon in different events in Nigeria after years of exploring his creativity.
He featured prominently in Africa biggest comedy show Night of A thousand laughs 2000 year edition and made the comedy show popular and widely accepted. His brilliant performance eventually earned him honour by the producer of Nite Of A Thousand Laugh Mr Opa Williams as the most outstanding comedian to have been on Night of a Thousand laugh stage for a decade.
His first European tour was with Ehizoya Golden Entertainment, 2005 which took him round 7 countries. He was later contracted by (NIDOE) France to perform at the UNESCO Cultural Week in Paris France and received an award for his wonderful contribution to the development of Nigeria Cultural value by Niddo Spain.
He has featured in the MTV Africa Music Awards. He has also performed in different shows of various notable musicians including Akon, Boyz II Men, 50-Cent, Rick Ross, The Game, and Kelly Rowland.
I go dye’s awards are numerous. They include the following:
- African Best Comedian.
- The Nigerians in Diaspora Organization of Europe-SPAIN Award for his contribution to Nigerian culture and art.
- Ukaid And Youth Alive Foundation Ambassador Award on make a difference Against Corruption Today; dedicated to Nigeria pensioners
- Nigeria Army Civil Award with the compliment of Chief of Army staff Lt General TY Buratai
- The Nigeria Best Comedian Award (NEA AWARD).
- Delta Role model Award 2017
- Nigeria best comedian Award
- Niddo Spain Award; for his contribution to Nigeria Culture and Art.
- United Nations Development Goal Ambassador
- United Nations World Habitat Ambassador
Other Social Engagements
Igodye as a prolific comedian has remained outstanding in the comedy industry, entertaining Governors, Presidents and diplomats. He also performed at the 2018 National Council of Nigeria Traditional Rulers, held in Port Harcourt with The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and many other notable traditional rulers in Nigeria.
He is an Ambassador to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, working assiduously to actualize the United Nations’ objectives.
As a social crusader, I Go Dye as someone who had fallen victim of ills of conflict and was shot, losing some of his close friends, made that tragic experience to change his perception.
On the 1997 Warri crisis between the Ijaw’s and Itsekiri people, he championed the path of peace project, which he, Francis Agoda shot a 10 minuets documentary, short film in 2004 for United Nations and the Federal government of Nigeria to promote peace and advocate for rural development.
He has also used his publication to lend his voice and provided solutions to world leaders and Nigerian elites. His open letter to mark the United Nations Youth day in 2017 titled Logic and Reason without guns to Nigeria Government, Governors Militant and youth,
I go dye has continued to be an advocate for the African Youths, promoting a new political ideology that will bring the youths into governance. He also advocated for youth leadership, in Zimbabwe and Liberia where he advocated for youthful leadership.
He also advocated for youthful President in Nigeria which has received a remarkable achievement. The recent policy in Nigeria allowing the youth to contest election for the position of President and Governors can be seen as a product of I go dye social crusade.
His Net Worth
This young talented Nigerian comedian has a net worth of over $10 million dollars.