Naija’s hottest new comedian, Laf’Up

31 Jan

Something completely unexpected that I’ve encountered since my arrival in Nigeria is a part-time career as an amateur comedian. My good friend Segun Ogundipe (most commonly known as Laf’Up) asked me to do a show with him back in December at the University of Ibadan. I didn’t really understand why/if people would find it funny, because I basically just speak Yoruba and either make fun of things I see in society here or talk about things that irritate me. I think its more the novelty of a white person speaking Yoruba that makes people laugh, but either way it’s been a very enjoyable experience. I have done three shows with Laf’Up now, and have another coming up this week. The video below is from his end of the year show which occurred on Boxing Day (December 26th last year). There are no subtitles, but the humor would be hard to translate so try to find a Nigerian friend to interpret for you! Enjoy!

***Re-blogged from Cara Titilayo Harshman (

My good friend, Laf’Up, hosted this Christmas comedy show in Ibadan. He brought in about 10 different comedians and Kayode, one of our students made his debut in comedy at the show. Kayode’s part was all in Yoruba and it was the only part I really understood because the rest were in thick Pidgin. I put this video together of some of Laf’Up’s comedy and Kayode’s part. American followers, you probably won’t understand most of it, but you will be interested to interpret the Pidgin. Happy viewing.


9 Responses to “Naija’s hottest new comedian, Laf’Up”

  1. Lisa January 31, 2011 at 7:53 PM #


    I knew you always had it in you to be an entertainer. I still remember you at our house with that microphone in your hand on New Year’s Eve ringing in the year 2000!!! I still have that video of you and Paul. It might have to come out some time?
    Continue to be safe.
    Love, Lisa

  2. Ben F. February 2, 2011 at 1:15 AM #

    Very funny to watch you up on stage. Can’t wait to see you again!

  3. ben schapiro February 2, 2011 at 1:44 AM #


    most awesome thing I’ve seen in a while.

    you’re doin great


  4. Auntie Carol February 2, 2011 at 10:31 PM #

    Will there be an American tour? Please make sure you make a stop in ATL.

  5. Bola March 4, 2011 at 12:30 AM #

    LOL … this made me laugh so hard, especially ‘ayafi church’

  6. Chibundu March 9, 2011 at 12:42 AM #

    Love this blog. Americans in Ibadan speaking Yoruba. Wonders shall never cease.

  7. Tola March 12, 2011 at 3:27 AM #

    Kayooode!! Ku se ohh! U tried! Hope u know you and Cara are now celebs hehee…I’m Nigerian-American living in the US, and I heard about your UI blogs from my cousin in the UK. Powah of tekinology! Seriously though, I wish you guys all the best in your stay. I had a similar culture shock experience when I moved to Austria to work and learn German (I was “the black girl” lol), so I kinda understand how hard it is for you guys. I encourage you to keep up with the language after you leave also…it is quite a hard one to learn, and you in particular have a good grasp of the intonations. Also, go visit ABUJA before you leave! Email me if you wanna good hookup 😉 – My sis and bro in law (hes an American from Chi-town) live there and they are always down for hosting fellow Americans and showing them around!

  8. Olumide March 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM #

    Hey Kayode! Really been enjoying your blogs about your adventures at UI. Got any updates for us about your escapades in Ibadan since January? 😉 No more incidents involving elderly men and machetes I hope?! Keep up the good work. p.s. your stand-up was really impressive!

  9. Patricia March 31, 2011 at 11:25 PM #

    Okay. After this video, I think I officially have a crush on you. ha ha just kidding.

    I have met some Oyinbo missionary kids in the States who speak Yoruba or Hausa but what surprises me is the fact that you did not live or grow up in Nigeria.

    Good job and keep it up.

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