Oluwatosin Jedi Ayoola, popularly known as Jedi, is a stand-up comedian, singer,writer,actor and master of ceremonies par excellence. He has hosted comedy tours worldwide, tagged LWKMD, and several other shows, and now he is set for another, titled "The Family Man." Jedi is the second child of a family of three children, and a graduate of Microbiology from Lagos State University, (LASU), Ojo, Lagos. The consummate ribs-cracker is a multi-talented comic act, master of his own game, skilled in entertaining and a world class MC/compere. The happily-married young man recently revealed his plans and his encounter after relocating to the United States of America. Read on...
After leaving the shores of Nigeria, what have been the challenges?
Challenges? Lol... wish I knew how to answer or define what you mean by challenges. The United States, first of all, is a leveling ground. So you may be known in your own terrain or country or community of function but getting here, it’s a different thing entirely. This place is big and well respected all over the world. So one of the challenges I may say in answering your question is building my brand from the start. Though I had a good push or start off but to build and maintain it was one of the real jobs I had to do. And at that time, the social media wasn't as busy and influential as it is at the moment. So, for me coming from a place that you had built a certain level of brand for yourself, to a place where you hope to expand your brand relevance was challenging. Now it's different, there's been an exceptional growth and success in the brand.
The entertainment industry, Nigeria and USA; what are the similarities, differences and the challenges?
Well, first the similarities are that there are performances in both places. You have fans who follow you and believe in you, there are opportunities to become something or someone known, andyou’re your dreams achieved. Now, the differences are how all that I mentioned above are done. The structures in both systems are totally different. There are more income revenue opportunities in the United States for artistes than in Nigeria. There's so much that still needs to be done in the system to help generate good income revenue for the artistes. There's a certain measure of developments in some areas in the Nigerian entertainment industry, especially with the use of social media platform through which there's a certain revenue income that is generated. In addition the current economic state of the world affects both sides in different ways. The current exchange rate is a particular example. The basic challenge is like what I mentioned before, the structure for the Entertainment Industry in both worlds. In as much as we may look at how glamorous it may look in the American Entertainment Industry, there are still some challenges they face. There's progress so far in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry but there's a whole lot more to be done.
What's the concept behind 'The Family Man'?
It's a stand up special, a stand-up comedy performance. More of like a solo performance from me and it's titled 'The Family Man'.
Family and career in the USA, has any changed your mentality?
Yeah! A whole lot. I have seen another side and approach towards life in the area of my family and career. It's even changed most of my ways and modes of operation, the decisions I make, my performances, my approach to business and so on, albeit positively.
'The Family Man', what's the expectation?
Oh! It’s a unique stand-up performance that will make people have a great time.
Any sponsor, support?
I’ll just say it's still a work in progress.