VRH recently caught up with comedian Emeka Smith who came to visit his family in Dublin.In an exclusive interview, Emeka talked about how he came into comedy , his mentors etc…
VRH: INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO OUR READERS
EMEKA SMITH: My name is Emeka Smith, I am from a place called Ila in Delta State, which happens to be the same home town with Stephen Keshi. My friends call me “ The Prince of Ila”
VRH: WHY COMEDY?
EMEKA SMITH: I never imagined I was going to be a stand up comedian. I’ve always wanted to be a comic actor instead, like Saheed Mohammed, Dauda, Chikweta agwu, these were the mentors of the game as it were. I some how stumbled into stand up comedy.
VRH: TALKING ABOUT MENTORS, WHO WOULD YOU SAY ARE YOUR MENTORS?
EMEKA SMITH: I cannot really pin point anyone because I have a lot of MENTORS in the industry for various reasons. For example, BASKETHMOUTH is one of my mentors, from him, I have learnt to comport myself when not performing on stage, otherwise when it comes to business, people would not take you serious.From Julius Agwu, I have learnt that presentation matters a lot. I love his dress sense.So you see, I have so many mentors for various reasons. My mentor’s list is endless!
VRH: YOU USED TO HAVE A GROUP, IS THE GROUP STILL FUNCTIONAL?
EMEKA SMITH: I used to have a comedy group then which I usually introduce to the audience before a performance but the group is no longer functional. Everyone has gone to do various other things but we are still in touch and everyone is doing well.
VRH: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOW BECOMING COMEDIANS, DO YOU THINK COMEDY SHOULD BE STUDIED AS A COURSE IN THE UNIVERSITY?
EMEKA SMITH: Yes! That would be great! Even if it’s to have it as a module in the Theatre Arts Department because comedy is not all about cracking jokes, it involves a lot of other things like you have to possess good communication skills to interact with the audience.
VRH: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS LACKING IN THIS INDUSTRY:?
EMEKA SMITH: The one thing that is lacking in this industry is, we need to have conferences, seminars etc like every other profession to learn and brush up our craft because like I said, comedy is not only about cracking joke, it involves a total package.
VRH: Apart from comedy, what else do you do?
EMEKA SMITH: I’m in full time college at the University of Lagos .
VRH: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO TELL YOUR FANS?
EMEKA SMITH: My fans should celebrate me now that I’m alive, not when I’m dead. I had a friend who’s late now-CD John, very talented. When he died everybody started celebrating him. Its wrong. Now that I’m alive, celebrate me. Celebrate us. Go out there and get my CDs, go to youtube, facebook, twitter check out Emeka Smith’s works. Thank you very much. I’ll keep doing my best and not let you guys down.