In Anambra State, he’s one of the few entertainers who turns any show into a top event. He has anchored many high-profile events both within and outside the state. Nwangwu Uchenna Ugo popularly known as Virgin Mouth is widely known for his humility and zeal to assist upcoming entertainers. In this interview with ONITSHA GRA, the talented comedian talks about how it all started, his shows, and challenges faced by entertainers in Anambra State.
Kindly introduce yourself to Nigerians.
My name is Nwangwu Uchenna Ugo popularly known as Mc Virgin Mouth. I’m a native of Ajalli in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra state. I started in 2005 as a dancer in Secondary School, and switched to comedy in 2009.
You’re generally known as Okiri. What’s the reason behind the name?
It was from secondary school days. I was very stubborn, so my friends where yabbing me. One of them just called me Okiripoto and before you know it, the whole school started calling me the name.
How did the journey to comedy start?
Back then, when I was younger, I used to enjoy listening to popular comedy tapes by Uche Ogbuagu. When I got into secondary school, I would cram his jokes and be telling my friends at school. Then, I later came across one comedian in Awka called MC T Mouth. He was always calling me to come and dance in his small events like birthdays and little bars. In 2009, one girl in my students’ hostel wanted to celebrate her birthday, but she forgot to call an MC. I then opted to help her out. After the birthday event, the DJ that played there told me that Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe (NOCEN) was having their SUG night the upper week and he wanted me to come and perform. After that, I started getting recommendations from various people.
Tell us about a few of your top shows.
There are many, and one of them is the events with Nigerian Breweries. I did the Life Progress Train. It was a tour that took us to many states: Abuja, Lagos, Rivers State, Abia, Delta, Imo, Enugu, Anambra, Benue, Plateau, Ebonyi and other places.
What challenges do comedians in Anambra state face?
The biggest challenge is sponsorship, there are not enough investors in the comedy industry.
What then should be done?
There should be more media presence to promote and broadcast our contents to the world.
In what ways should Anambra State Government assist the entertainment industry?
The government is trying, but they need to do more. They should start featuring more of the local entertainers in government events. That will go a long way in boosting the confidence of the Anambra comedians, and encourage them to work harder.
What advice do you have for up-and-coming comedians?
The keyword in anything anyone is doing is consistency. So, my advice is that they remain consistent and build their brand gradually.
Thanks for talking to ONITSHA GRA.
It’s my pleasure.