Ebiye Victor: It All Begins with A Laugh
From the Engineering halls of Covenant University, Nigeria, comedian Victor Ebiye has certainly come a long way to becoming one of the most popular voices in comedy today. Popularly known for his tearful skits on Instagram, Ebiye skyrocketed to limelight via a controversial Instagram skit about Nigerian famous blogger, Linda Ikeji which happened when the media mogul bought her infamous house in Banana Island.
Since that time, he has gone ahead to perform at shows like Mama Tobi: Untamed, Mayorkun: The Mayor Of Lagos, Nonso Amadi: Homecoming, and Ajebutter: What’s Happening In Lagos. Ebiye has also gone on to headline his own show, Ebiye Presents: Bag Of Emotions, and was nominated for The Future Awards Prize for Comedy in 2017.
More recently, he made an appearance in the music video for Wayward by Ajebutter and is set to star in an upcoming movie titled Payday. The Guardian life team caught up with the eccentric entertainer to ask him some questions and he gave us some answers that were quite witty.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m Ebiye Victor from Delta State. I’m a 25-year-old graduate of Electrical Engineering student from Covenant University.
How has the entertainment industry been treating you so far?
How can the industry treat me? (Laughs) I wasn’t sick but I guess I’ve been treating the industry well.
What are your biggest achievements so far?
My biggest achievements so far will be headlining my first show [Ebiye Presents: Bag Of Emotions] in less than two years of my official career launch. I sold out the show at the Hard Rock Cafe and, of course, counting the money I have made in the industry so far.
What is your creative process like?
I am really just spontaneous, most of the skits I’ve produced happened on the spot and it’s called physical comedy.
Using yourself as an example, how do you think social media has affected comedy in the Nigerian entertainment industry?
Social media has helped a lot in creating a wider outreach because, back in the days, you would definitely need to perform on stage. With social media, I can be in my bed and drop a skit.
Are you working on any projects currently?
Yes. I have six projects for the year. I can tell you, but will you pay me? (Laughs)
What can fans expect from you this year?
(Laughs) Do the fans have a choice? What they see is what they get but, of course, I will keep making them happy.
If you were not into comedy, what would you be doing?
I will probably be dead because comedy is my life.