By Eseoghene Emuke
Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, has sent an emotional tribute to his former boss and king of comedy in Nigeria, Mr Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome fondly known as Alibaba who turned 54-year-old today.
AY said he would forever remained grateful and be loyal to Alibaba, whom he said, he served as a Personal Assistant (PA) for many years for turning his life around.
In a birthday message to his former boss in his verified Instagram handle, @aycomedian on Monday, the ace comedian and movie producer, described the 54-year-old Delta-born Alibaba as an amazing person who significantly shape his career.
According to AY, “From being your personal assistant, you helped me start off my career on a good note. You have continued to help and guide me and you do it so patiently. Working with you is an amazing experience. Your ideas are always so refreshing.
“I guess here’s a good opportunity as any to tell you how much I will forever be loyal to you. Happy birthday boss @alibabagcfr”
Also in his tribute, Bright Okpocha, also popularly known as Basketmouth praised how Alibaba’s craft motivated him into improving on his talent.
Recounting how he met the
comedy king, Basketmouth said, “Saw him live on stage for the first time in
1997, the gate fee of the show was N30…. by the way, a BIG thanks to Efe
Agoreyo for buying me that show ticket.
“Watched his 1hr 30mins performance in awe, after the show, I promised myself to work hard so I could share a stage with him…have him see my work.
“I started working on myself, my art and materials….a year later, I was booked to perform at the sequel of the same show he did.
“However, I was slated to perform way too early, which would will ruin my chance to have him see me perform. So I had GL (Ozidi Congo) beg the promoter to plug me in right before him.
“I got on stage right before his set, in the middle of my performance, I dropped a wicked material that the audience thoroughly enjoyed, Ali Baba stood up and gave me a standing ovation which kinda made everyone in the hall do the same.
“After my set, I walked up to him to introduce myself, he gave me his complimentary card and then the journey began…. Thank you for everything BOSS!!! Thanks for being there all through the years. HAPPY BIRTHDAY @alibabagcfr.”