From Comedy to Government House

15 Jun 2013

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Efosa Emmanuel Iyamu

Efosa Emmanuel Iyamu forged his reputation in comedy where his stage name, Efex, is a resounding moniker. But he has crossed a new frontier lately as senior special assistant on protocol to Governor Adams Oshiomhole. He showers encomium on his boss and tells Azuka Ogujiuba why Ali Baba is a legend in the entertainment industry

Do you have any political ambition? And what has working with Governor Governor Adams Oshiomhole?
For now I do not have any political ambition; I’m just doing my job being a senior special assistant on protocol to Governor Oshiomhole and I appreciate the love he has for me, just as he has for everybody working with him. Working with him is the best thing that has happened to me. He’s such an amazing leader and a father. I’m forever grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to join him in taking Edo State to the next and better level.

You are 33 now and have spent 13 years in the entertainment; when did you start? 
I started when I was 20 and that was when I took the job more professionally.

How were you able to juggle being a model, MC, stand-up comedian, voiceover artiste and now a husband and a father?
It’s been the grace of God thus far. I can’t thank Him enough. I’m still struggling to get to the top. I might not be where I want to be yet, but I’m not where I used to be. My wife and my family understand the kind of job that I do and they are solidly behind me.

What is the relationship between you and Ali Baba? l hear he is your mentor and has contributed to your career. 
Ali Baba is a legend, a father, my number one king in the entertainment industry. I met him at an event and was introduced by another of my colleague. From that day till now he has taken me with both hands and has supported me in all the ways possible. He housed and fed me for years, he will always buy me comedy books and made sure I learnt a lot growing up as an entertainer. I will forever be grateful to him and his family for the love they keep showing me till date.

Has your appointment as senior special assistant to your governor placed your comedy career on hold?
Not really, I still do events till date and my appointment has just brought more respect from both colleagues, clients and even fans.

Which celebrity in the world would you love to attend your comedy show?
It has to be Chris Rock.

Who in the world would you like to dine with?
Aliko Dangote.

Which star’s phone would you like to flip through?
Akpors (an anonymous comedian).

Which celebrity in the world do you think has a near perfect life style?
Will Smith.

Which celebrity in the world do you think has the sexiest body?
Halle Berry.

Which designer do you think has designs that can stand the test of all fashion time?
Tribal Mark. His clothes are so perfect and he does a lot and will definitely stand the test of time.

What outfit can you not be caught dead in?
Yellow suit; never in this life.

If a fashion police were to search your wardrobe, would you be arrested for any fashion blunders?
I would say yes.

Who is Efosa Emmanuel Iyamu?
I’m just me. l don’t push it, l have a natural life style and l like myself for who I am.

Tell us about your background?
I was born in Benin, Edo State. I was not really born with silver spoon - or any spoon for that matter. I had to find the spoon myself. l grew up in what we call a family house with cousins, uncles, aunts and grandparents but still had the discipline of going to school and making sure I did my home work. I attended public schools on private environments and it was not easy at all because I had to try to fit in with the other kids around who were attending private institutions. My mum was a school teacher and my dad was a professional footballer who later became a coach and I have two brothers with whom we tried to do everything together. I attended Agbodo Model Primary School, Block B, Edo College Secondary School and University of Benin where I graduated with a BA in international studies and diplomacy. When I was in school, I used to say that when I graduate I would work in an oil company; but when I graduated, I couldn’t find groundnut oil company to work with. That was when I knew I needed to hold entertainment strongly.

If you had to go on an island for an exotic weekend, what are the five things you will take along?
My Bible, iPad, chewing stick, my family picture.

What is the most memorable Valentine gift you have ever received from your wife?
We have been married since April this year but when we were dating, the most memorable valentine gift my wife gave me was agreeing to marry me. I knelt down for some minutes though.

Was it love at first sight?
Yes, as soon as I saw her I just saw my future with her. She’s the best thing that has happened to me and I call her my miracle.

What does your wife do for a living?
She’s a legal practitioner.

What does love mean to you?
Love means everything to me. You don’t force it, you don’t pretend about it, it just comes out and it’s the best of feelings.
What is your most expensive fashion accessory?
My Christian Louboutin pair of shoes.

What is your fashion fetish?
I don’t have any. I try my best to watch what I wear and to where I wear them.

Why do you think men lie about their age?
It’s baffling. Why do they really do that?

Which is the most favourite part of your body?
My face.

What is your present BlackBerry ringtone?
My phone is always on vibration mode.

Do you have any indulgence?
My lovely and adorable family.

If you were the president, what will be the first law you will implement?
I will scrap NYSC and empower the youths as soon as they graduate from higher institutions.

Which celebrity in the world would you describe as a sex siren?
Beyonce knowles - thanks for attending my wedding ceremony.

Who is your favourite leader in the world?
Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole, because he’s a unique leader who goes for the very best. He knows how to manage situations and he’s God sent to Edo State.

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