Akpororo Visits Alma Mater, Thrills with Gospel Songs


Rebecca Ejifoma

What many fans do not know about the ace comedian and TV personality, Jephthah Bowoto popularly known and referred to as Akpororo, is that he is a great lead singer, who pulls the crowd with gospel lyrics. His songs spread across the six geo-political zones of this nation. But most electrifying is his jigs and styles in the Delta way. Akpororo, was spotted at a vigil in his former church in Festac, Lagos. He alongside a handful of his team stormed the worship centre to praise God in energetic style.

The singer and comedian expressed gratitude to his Maker, whom he said picked him up from the dunghill to the limelight. “People look at me when I sing and dance this way. But it is I who wear the shoes. It is I who know and understand where I am coming from.

Known mostly for his sonorous rib-cracking jokes, Akpororo shared with a large audience what it means to be him. “I was a nobody. I began right on this platform. This God is awesome. So why won’t I bless this God in such a way? I am a radical at this moment for him. I have come today with my dancing shoes. So, dance if He has done something for you.”

Interestingly, what many people do not know about this comedian is that he was first a singer before a comedian. Akpororo began singing in the church and his singing career gradually spring with a blend of comedy. He could dance and make funny faces because it was innate. No doubt, this comedian has decided to throw down the ladder for younger talented Nigerians at his singing jam at Ojo, Lagos called the Ojo Mass Choir. It brings together combo of gospel artistes before a 10, 000 spectators filled to the brim of a field in the area.

Not resting on his oasis, Akpororo directs a dance group with an annual programme tagged ‘Ojo Mega Praise Jam’ in Okokomaiko in Lagos, where he lived. Working on a soon-to-be-released album, Akpororo has recorded great singles ‘Days of Elijah’ and ‘Thank Am o.”Theprogramme is my little way of giving back to the society,” he told the congregation. Akpororo has got a plate full of activities lined up for upcoming artistes.