Tall, handsome and funny, Eze Emenike, popularly known as FunnySoul, is any ladies dream man. For years, the Enugu State born standup comic has been a sought-after entertainer in Kogi State. In this interview with ONITSHA GRA, the comedian sheds more lights on his life, career, challenges and more.
Wishing you the very best.
Kindly introduce yourself to Nigerians.
My name is Eze Emenike, popularly known as FunnySoul. I’m a Standup Comedian.
Where are you from?
I’m a Native of Umuosogwu in Udenu Local Government Area, Enugu State, but base in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
How did it all start?
It’s been tough but a fun one to be precise. In one sentence, I will say it’s a very interesting and inspiring one for me. I can’t really tell how it started, I just found out that I became funny around people and people often laugh to most things I say for fun, until I tried it out on stage and it was fun.
Which was your first professional show?
Professionally, I performed first in the year 2017, in a comedy show ‘Lafta Fiesta’ organized by St Mosco the comedian in Lokoja, Kogi State.
For those who may not know about your yearly show, please shed more light on it.
It’s an annual event I started up in 2018 tagged ‘Laff Addiction With Funnysoul.’ It takes place every Easter Monday.
We always wonder how celebs arrive at their stage and nicknames. How did you arrive at yours?
It was in a Christian gathering one day, when someone was preaching and he said, a soul that sinneth shall die, and I was like, what of the soul that is funny? He smiled and said, Funnysoul, and that was how people started calling me that.
As a handsome guy, ladies must be disturbing you. How do you cope with them?
(Prolonged laughter), I won’t call that disturb though, because it’s natural for people to always try to associate with people or things that will make them laugh, smile and happy. Though it’s not easy trying to maintain a friendly relationship among the other gender, but it’s easier for me, because I don’t have a girlfriend, so it makes it easy for me to flow with them easily, anywhere and anytime.
Not that I don’t desire one, I do, but the issue is that I am not believed whenever I express myself to a girl, telling her I don’t have a girlfriend. There is this believe that I don’t look like I am single and I have come to live with that. When the time comes, I believe it will happen naturally.
Rate Nigerian Comedy Industry.
For me, comedy is becoming more industrious in the country and I give it 80 percent.
Tell us of your most embarrassing moment.
Hmmm, seriously, I can’t remember that right now.
What would you consider your biggest show so far?
My biggest stage is last year at Miss Kogi Pageant show.
What’s your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is telling an anonymous that I’m a comedian and he ends up telling me, Oya make me laugh (laughs).
Do you ever have challenges with creating jokes?
I don’t really have challenges creating new jokes because, each show I attend comes with a purpose. It’s easier when you attend shows that has a Theme. Aside the normal jokes that comes to the head at random moments, I create jokes considering the kind of shows I am invited to.
What are the biggest challenges to comedy in Kogi and in Nigeria generally?
For Kogi, it’s the problem of sponsors. It’s hard to get sponsors here, but we thank God for the little that are supporting us. As for Nigeria in general, you can’t really call it a challenge, because the bigger comedians are trying their best to put the upcomers on the map too.
What do you think is needed to improve the comedy industry?
To me, the best improvement is to financially support comedians that gat the big dreams, because it’s not easy to take the bold step of putting up a personal comedy show.
If you did not become a comedian, what would you have become?
A Joke maker (laughter). I’ll still be a comedian that probably earns salary in a lecturing job, because I have come to love addressing multitude.
What else do you do apart from comedy?
Not a business venture yet though, but apart from comedy I do system maintenance. I repair laptops.
I’m also a 100-level student of Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State.
What should fans expect from you this yuletide?
For my fans who will be witnessing me on stage this period, just expect life-changing jokes, because I have looted the Joke spirit realm and ready to deliver.
Who do you owe gratitude for the rise of your career?
Majorly, they’re four persons. Firstly, St Mosco the comedian, for nurturing and revealing some important secrets of success to me. Secondly, my sister, Leah Eze. She has been very supportive. Lastly, Sir. Peter Onujeme (CEO, Pee-links Electro World) and Hon. Fancy Jimoh, for their financial contributions and beliefs in me.
Which Nigerian celebrity would you date?
(Very prolonged laughter), this is setup.
(Still laughing) If I choose DJ Cuppy now, Tiwa Savage will be Angry.
Who’s your idol?
Any day, any time, I look up to Bovi. My love and respect for him is 100 percent.
What advice do you have for your colleagues?
For my colleagues in the game I say, consistency. Let’s all try and maintain consistency no matter how hard it may seem.
One word for the youths.
Thanks for talking to Onitsha GRA.
Thank you guys for having me.