By ANIBEZE SYLVESTER.
HENRY Apowowo Eyinuaye Ejuome aka Plenty Mouth is a comedian quietly making a name for him self in the Nigerian comedy space. Among others he has performed on platforms like Stand Up Naija and Maltina Dance All. In this chat with Entertainer, he opens up on the journey so far.
How did you come into comedy?
I started off while schooling at Oshodi High School, Lagos. I was one of the best comedians when it came to yabees. That was when I discovered my talent. However, comedy runs in my family. My dada and all my siblings are comic. I started professionally on August 2, 1998. I also do interior decoration and events planning.
Who influenced you?
I was inspired by my dad. Like I said earlier, comedy runs in his blood.
What were the challenges you faced when you started comedy?
Well, my dad never wanted me to be a comedian, he always wanted me to go to school and study Law but I told him it won’t stop my education and he should just allow me do what I wanted to do. Those were my first challenges. I started from the church here in Lagos. I moved to Warri in 2001 but came back in 2002. In Warri I was at the Church of God Mission doing comedy before I came to my present church which is the House of Grace where my career took a turn around and ever since I have never looked back.
Is it true that comedians are not serious people?
That is a lie. Everybody thinks they are not serious because of the way they do things. When I told my dad I wanted to get married, he thought it was a joke. It was not until I bought him a car, a walking stick and rapper that he believed.
How do you get inspirations for your jokes?
I get inspiration from everything around me. Sometime at the market square, church , road and gym and sometimes at home. Most times, watching movies and reading articles can really inspire you.
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
That was when I was performing on stage at Ibadan on a big event. I was putting on a native and I never knew my trouser was torn. What made it worse was that I was not wearing a pair of boxers. People were just laughing and I was thinking they were laughing because of my jokes not knowing it was my torn trouser. Immediately I noticed I had to turn it into a joke but I felt very embarrassed.
How did you meet your wife?
I met my wife at the bus stop. We were both going to Iyana Oba, Lagos. I had an event but I couldn’t drive so I took the bus. Today the rest is history.
What attracted you to her, was it love at first sight or what?
It was love at first sight. Her complexion attracted me to her. She is a fair complexioned lady. And from the way she talked I knew she was educated and that also attracted me.
How long did you date before marriage?
So how many kids do you have?
I have a boy. He is just a year old.
Would you like your kids to take after you as a comedian?
I won’t dictate to my children but I must see them through school. What so ever step in life they want to take is fine by me but education comes first.
Are you really making money from comedy?
I am making money from comedy because that is what pays my bills; that is what puts food on my table.