What would a well-trained lawyer from a prestigious university be looking for in the entertaining and showbiz world?
This could be the yawning question from the mouths of many who may not really have a ready answer to this strange incursion into the comedy world, when this natural ribs-cracker could have easily settled into a more rewarding, noble and respectable wig and gown profession. To the very easy, cool and unassuming Barrister Sani Michael Amanesi, it’s all about passion and love for the art world. A trained lawyer, solicitor and advocate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from the Great Ife, the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Sani Michael Amanesi was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2016, but interestingly, the well-focused Sani Michael has chosen to dump his wig and gown, temporarily though, for the showbiz world, where he has since been navigating as an upwardly mobile practitioner in the volatile and very competitive entertainment industry. Today, just barely two years after qualifying as a certificated lawyer, budding humour merchant and fledgling master of ceremonies is a comedian by profession, and this is very encapsulating and awe-inspiring to many who have had the rare privilege of watching this sensational comedian in action. Born in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, but a native of Agenebode, Edo State, to a family of seven, he has always been the ‘black sheep,’ until recently when he started wearing ‘white and black’ which effectually made him transform metaphorically to the ‘White and Black sheep.’ He grew up as a very hot-tempered individual, and was able to spin that and made a burgeoning comedy career out of this virtue and characteristic. An unrepentant lover of music while growing up, but unfortunately or as fate and destiny would have it, he couldn’t make a career of music, on account of his frog-like and squeaky voice. Comedy then came in handy as a vocation, while not shirking his academic pursuit as a lawyer, which he successfully pursued to a logical conclusion, if only to prove his parents and pundits wrong about his superb academic gait, as against his now-acclaimed pre-occupation as a comedian of no mean value, improving in height, content and status in a profession that has made many in his ilk more famous, prominent, wealthy and above all role models to the ones coming behind. The lesson to learn from Sani Michael is that an innate passion and genuine affinity for anything, will always override any other ambition, if there is commitment and sense of purpose. With the choice of Sani as a comedian, against being a practicing lawyer, the sky may just be the starting point for the young chap, as he does not hang any air around himself nor claims to know all the rudiments of the make-them-laugh sub-sector of the entertaining industry, always ready to learn and giving due respect and homage to all his elders in the ribs-cracking and entertainment sphere. For amiable and always looking resplendent Sani, he has sworn to take his act to the level that will make him the pride of the industry, just as he has not completely abandoned his wig and gown calling, as he still gets himself busy when the time permits, in some legal consultancy stuffs. Leisure wise, Sani Michael is also a big fan of sports, (football in particular,) and ne is a fastidious supporter and die-hard fan of Arsenal Football Club of England. He started comedy fully just after graduating from the Law School in late 2016, and has always had comedy influences on him like industry greats, Ali Baba, Frank Donga, Basketmouth, Teju Babyface, Gbenga Adeyinka, Omo Baba, Tee A, Gandoki, Kofi, Okey Bakassi, Klint da Drunk, MC Abbey, Julius Agwu, AY, and Bovi, just to mention a few. He is a very socially-aware comedian, perhaps majorly because of his noble and relevant background as a Lawyer. He is famous for his conventional lawyer’s garb of White and Black attire with his black bag to match. The world of comedy may have added another veritable edge to its echelon, with the heralded but subtle arrival of lawyer-cum-comedian, Barrister/Comedian Sani Michael Amanesi, with the stage name, McLively, who is set to hit the comedy world with a bang in few years to come. Watch out for scintillating, superlative, entertaining and hyper-active McLively, as he gradually and swiftly unfolds in the sector.