Teju Babyface: How I Wasted 10 Years Of My Life As A Comedian


Gbadewonuola Olateju Oyelakin popularly known as Teju Babyface has disclosed that he wasted 10 years of his life as a stand-up comedian instead of fulfilling his calling in life.

While speaking to an audience, the Executive Producer and Host of the popular television programme, “The Teju Babyface Show” revealed that his calling was never stand up comedy but mentoring and teaching.

According to the show host and lead mentor at the “Teju Baby face Academy” people need to find out what God created them for because that is the only way one can work effortlessly and get satisfaction and wealth.

“To say the truth, all the years I spent doing stand up comedy were nothing but a waste of time. It was later I found out my calling is in mentorship and teaching. That is why I am doing this now,” he said.

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During an interview in June 2017, Teju Babyface had admitted that stand-up comedy was a struggle for him for so many years. In his words:

“It was always a struggle to be a comedian. You may not have seen the struggle but every time I got on stage, it was a constant struggle. I had to prove myself to the audience constantly at every performance.

“It was a constant struggle and there were times I had been called on stage and the applause at the best of time would be polite, at the worst of times it would be non-existent. If you think about it, I really did not look like a comedian.

“It was as if the audience did not believe I could make them laugh; so I always had to prove myself. There was a time that it did not matter because I really enjoyed doing it. But after a certain time, your inner man would call out to you and things like discontent would start to set in.”

Teju Babyface said his conviction was further fueled when he realised that he could never be the number one stand-up comedian in the industry.

“It occurred to me that I was never going to be the number one stand-up comedian. I would never forget that day. It occurred to me several times in my stand-up comedy career but there was a certain day I had a lucid moment after a particular performance.

“As I got off the stage, it occurred to me that I was not called to be a career stand-up comedian. It was just a stage through which I had to pass.

“I am not saying I am not a comedian because I will always be one but I am no longer a stand-up comedian. I like to use the example of Steve Harvey in the US. He did his last stand-up comedy show in Las Vegas in 2012 but he hosts the Steve Harvey show on television and radio, he has a children’s show and he is also an author.

“He is a business magnate but he would always be a comedian. You cannot watch him and not laugh and it is the same thing with me. Either it is the Teju Babyface show or you are reading my book or listening to me speak; you will always laugh but I would not stand on stage like I used to do to tell jokes,” the comedian said.

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In May 2017, Teju Babyface launched his book “Secrets of the Streets” which received an overwhelming response from readers and well-wishers.