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Star comedian, I Go Dye talks about the joys of fatherhood and matrimony


Award-winning comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly know as I Go Dye, is indeed a man of many parts. The successful comedian is very estatic as he recently became the father of a bouncing baby boy (Christened Roy on the June 7, 2010). He told us about him and his beautiful and light-skinned ex-beauty queen darling, Stella Abulu. Enjoy…


How does it feel to be a father?

Like they say, “things are not what they seem”. We cannot allow our dream to kill our reality. What we see is reality because imagination gives us hope. Being a father, first, one has to give thanks to God for his mercies. It means you are now responsible to other persons. It means more responsibilities, it means that you have someone who can carry on with your legacies.

What do you consider the joys of fatherhood?

Thinking of where I am coming from and looking at my son now, it gives me so much joy and the urge to work even harder, because the best legacy one can bequeath to your child is education and all the other good things of life.

What is the name of your baby?

His name is Roy, gotten from Irish and Gaelic origin, but adopted from the French term, Leroy, which means king.

What are your dreams and wishes for him?

with family

with family

Due to the economic crunch that is sweeping across the world, I would like to have one more kid. But who knows…

Now that you are a father, how do you intend to juggle family life with your career?

I have not heard of any parent who stopped working because he is raising a family, otherwise the likes of Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock or Ali Baba would have stopped working. A responsible man should know that his family needs to be taken care of irrespective of the price. Success without maintenance is worse than povery inherited.

How will you describe your wife?

Describing people is not one of my strongest points, but I know she is a good woman.

Can you recall how you both met and what was the attraction?

She is calm and understanding.

Can you recall how you both met and what was the attraction?

I just got out of a relationship and was suffering from the pangs of heartbreak. She came along and helped me nurse my wounds. For me, that was enough attraction.

How will you describe your career at the moment?

I have seen comedians come and go. It has to do with hard work, creativity, originality and the technical know-how of the comedy terrain. But I think God’s hands and favour are upon me. It is surprising to know that I still give people enough fun and excitement whenever I mount the stage anywhere in the world. It is a thing of joy and fulfillment that I am very relevant in the scheme of things, being on stage these past 15 years in a very competitive industry. It is alos heart-warming seeing comedians crack your jokes. This gives you the impressive that you’ve achieved little and it gives you the drive to work even harder.

How will you rate Nigeria’s comedy industry?

First, I’ll have to give thanks to the doyen of comedy in Nigeria, Ope Williams, for creating the platform that gave birth to comedians and married all other comedy shows. We have so many copy-cats and I wonder why they still get jobs. The occurence would kill the industry so many persons labored to build. Names like Ali Baba, Mohammed Danuma, Okey Bakassi, Charley Boy, Peter Igho, Patrick Doyle, Alam Blow, Chico Ejiro and a host of others.

Thanks to the likes of basketmouth for keeping to the status quo of originality and Julius Agwu for metamorphosing comedy into musicomedy, which so many artistes are biting from now. If the comedians can learn from these instances, the industry would remain viable.

How do you relax?

I read meditational books of authors like Susan Piver, Ngoyen Senzaki, Paul Reps, Gwen Harrold and the one I’m reading now, “Who will cry when you die”, by Robin Sharma. I listen to a potpourri of sounds from musicians like Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johnny Cash. Mozart, Gareth Brooks, Elvis Preseley, Frank Sinatra, Fel Anikulapo-Kuti and 2Face Idibia. When I’m not busy on Saturdays, I play golf, I also like squash. In the evening, I can invite friends to my house to play ping-pong or pool.

What has changed about you now that you are a father?

I think the word change is relative because for me, according to King Whiteney Jon., “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful, it is threatening, because it means that things may get wrose. To the hopeful, it is encouraging, because things may get better. To the confident, it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.”

What did you enjoy miss about being single?


What do you enjoy most about being a father?

Being a father gives you the ample opportunity to have where you invest in, being a father gives you the drive to wrok harder.

What do you enjoy most about marital like?

I watch a lot of married couples, learn from their mistakes and see how I can perfect mine.



  • This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, June 29, 2010


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