It’s a new week and we are kicking it off with a fresh and interesting celebrity conversation with the talented Tomiwa Sage. who didn’t hesitate to share with us his journey to the entertainment industry and life in general. We’re certain you will enjoy reading this.
Describe Tomiwa in 3 words.
Tomiwa is versatile, a foodie and very Hilarious.
As a child, What did your parents want you to be? Share with us one of your childhood memories
Lol. My mother wanted me to be a Doctor, my father thought i’d do well as a Lawyer, then later tried to push me into being an Ambassador. My childhood was very interesting. I grew up in a barrack. Different tribes, different arms of the Nigerian military, you can imagine the daily drama. But the most memorable time for me in the barracks usually was during Christmas.The beach had a Mosque and A Catholic church. And it didn’t matter whether you were Muslim or Christian, we all joined in the foodie. So this Christmas, Tina Mba came for the fruits over service, she had just featured in a soap opera that was widely watched all over the country. The whole barrack seemed to stop. All of us kids followed her about. Every one greeted. It was as if we saw Mary the mother of Jesus.
You finish responding to this interview and you step outside, and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
10 million dollars? I am buying an economy plane ticket to Bauchi &setting up a rice plantation & mill. I am buying my mother a house too, in Ghana. It’s a peaceful country.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Recently, someone hit my car in traffic. I was so pissed. So so angry because the driver was really an ignoramus. Next thing, someone screams from another car “Jambito, so you dey vex like this?” I just started laughing
Other than money, what inspires you to keep working?
The beauty of my job is the happiness people feel when I am working. That in those moments their pains and worries are gone. It’s beautiful.
What’s the most interesting thing about you, that people don’t know.
I am left handed. A lot of people find that amusing. It’s really nothing interesting to me though, but it seem to be to people.
In the Nigerian Entertainment world today. Who would you say inspires you to become more in terms of Acting?
Gabriel Afolayan and Toyin Oshonaike. I’ve known and worked with these two since 2006 and they inspire me every time I see their work. Really terrific.
A six-year-old child asks you if Santa Claus is real…. Reply as a comedian.
Santa is real, but there’s a Clause. Got it?
Thinking about your career to date; what has been your greatest achievement as a comedian/actor?
That I keep getting better at my job. That there are people in this country who totally enjoy the beauty of this work and really have life changing moments. Also the younger ones I happen to impact. Because: really, the deepest reward is building people up.
Did your family and friends try to talk you out of comedy?
No, nobody. Tried. Nobody dares to. I am stubborn.
Tell us more about your acting/comedy career? How did it all begin?
Eerrrrr. Not such a biggie, started in high school. My high school sort of supported talents, I was the President of the Debate and Drama club. Always knew i’d end up here. Had the stage name SageBlack from way back then, only changed it when I left Uni. I was known for that even in Uni.
If you were to choose between Stand-up comedy and acting what would it be.
Lol, whichever I choose, i’d still end up with each. You act while doing a Joke set up you know. Its all in there.
What should we expect from you in 2020, any underground projects? More acting deals?
Eeerrrrrr. I am working on another Special. We had a test run last year and it was great. We’re going to make it bigger this year.
What are some things that sound like compliments but are actually insults?
“Ahn ahn, na that your car you still dey drive?”
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety
I deal with this every time I am to go on stage. You can’t be too confident, you might lose it. Always.
It’s actually a good kick, it keeps you at your best.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do?
Lol. I’d love to be Oprah. And i’d come to Nigeria and set up an School of Arts/endowment fund, grants or something. For creatives.
If not acting! What would have been your profession?
Naval Officer. I love the military. Or i’d have been a Copy writer
If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen?
I’d have love to be among the special forces that took Osama Bin Laden down! Imagine the adrenaline rush? Crazy
What question do you hate to answer.
What have you been up to Lately?. It’s like you want me to write my will.
What type of music do you listen to? (Genre, artists, songs)
Music from Mali, Senegal, Algeria, Guinea Konakri.
Describe the most terrifying moment of your life so far. Have you recovered from it?
I jumped into the ocean on our way to the beach by boat last year. Though we were close to the Beach, but it was still the ocean. I just took a long dive. It was terrifying and soothing.
You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question, who would you select and what is the question?
I’d select Abacha and ask him where the rest of the dollars are.
As a public figure, what’s your opinion on Politics? Feminism? Democracy? Stereotypes? And Rape?
Politics? – we all must be politicians. Because we play politics in our daily lives anyway
Feminism? – Do I qualify to talk about it? All women should be feminists.
Democracy? Id love to truly live in a democratic society. Because this aiint it.
What is the weirdest thing about you? Are you proud of it?
Weird? Lol, may not be weird. But I am such a loner, I can live in this city all by myself. And I am proud of it.
How do you feel about the comedy industry in Nigeria? And if you could change one thing, what would that be?
Hhmmm, I think the comedy industry is very bolstering.There is a lot that is still untapped.
If i could change anything about it’ll be royalty and copyrights. Comedians need to cash every copyright cheque.
What are the biggest mistakes new Entertainers make? And advice for them?
They off so many rights just because they are desperate for the “Blow” It’s slow and steady.
Are you a fan of Tomiwa? Keep up with his art by following him on Instagram – @tomiwasage
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