His real name Jephthah Bowoto, popularly known and referred to as Akpororo, is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, vocalist and actor hails from Ilaje, Ondo State Nigeria.
Early life and Career
Akpororo was born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He grew up there and had his elementary education. His career started as a local gospel musician until in 2008 when he went into the limelight of National Comedy.
Challenged by Opa Williams, Akpororo went on to win the Calabar zone of the competition. He is currently a student of Lagos State University where he is studying Sociology.
In 2009, Akpororo moved to Lagos and contested twice in the AY’s Open Mic Challenge, coming second in his first attempt and winning the competition in his second try. He rose to popularity in 2013 following his bralliant performance at “Basketmouth‘s Laff and Jam” show and went on to perform in several comedy shows including “AY Live”. It can be rightly said that AY is Akpororo’s mentor.
On 12 August 2014, Akpororo staged his first major comedy show “Akpororo vs Akpororo” at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre. The maiden event saw the attendance of notable musical acts and comedians.
In 2014, Akpororo went into acting, starring in the films Headgone and The Antique; with the former earning him three nominations at the 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.
His Artistry Work
Akpororo’s unique way of comedy is basically the fusion of circular and church-related jokes. In an interview, he revealed that he performs and cracks jokes about lunatics because he used to attend to mentally disturbed people who came to the church for counselling and for spiritual healing.
In June 2015, he signed a 2-year endorsement deal with telecommunication giants Airtel Nigeria.
Awards and nominations
Akpororo had many awards and nominations which can be tabulated below:
|2016||2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Comedy Act||Nominated|
|2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Actor in a Comedy||Nominated|
|2015||2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Comedy Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Best Comedic Act||Won|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Best Comedic Act (View’s Choice)||Nominated|
|2014||2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Comedy Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2014 BEN Television Awards||Comedian of the Year||Nominated|
|2014 Naija FM Comedy Awards||Best Comedian of the Year||Won|
He is married to Josephine Ijeoma Abraham, the wedding took place in Surulere, Lagos State on 14 November 2015.
Recently, Akporo granted interview to Saturday Beats and in that interview narrated to the surprise to his fans that he and his wife did not date before marriage.
In his words, the comedian and singer hinted that he had known his wife since she was part of a dance group and shortly after they began to exchange pleasantries, they got married.
“I did not date my wife. We are in the same industry and she was with Explicit Dance Group, we had met on some occasions and greeted each other. We never had any period to date; I would say we started dating after we got married. Although I am a comedian, when I approached her, she took my words seriously because whenever I am serious you would easily know”.
On the issue of comedians seemed to always go for beautiful women, the humour merchant affirmed this but stated it was a coincidence. He said “we work hard and we see beautiful wives, but the truth is that we all love pretty women”.
He however argued that the beauty of a woman is not all that matter but character, being hard-working and a prayer warrior. We just love beautiful women” he concluded.
His Net Worth
Akporo’s net worth is placed at over $2 million dollars.