My Childhood Days Were Not Palatable - Instagram Comedienne, Paramount Komedy Opens Up

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at 21-01-2020 09:13AM (1 month ago)

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Sanni Iyabo, popularly known as Paramount Komedy, is an online comedian with 106,000 followers on Instagram. She gave an explosive revelation about her humble beginnings and being a social media celebrity

When did you notice you had a talent for comedy?

I have been involved in church and school dramas from a young age. I realised I was good at comedy then because people usually sang my praises that I was a good child actor. I never took it seriously though; it was just something I enjoyed doing. It was when I gained admission into the university in 2016 that I began taking it seriously.

How has the journey been so far?

I wouldn’t say it has been easy. There are different things that come with trying to be out there and making content to entertain people. It has been complicated also, because there are times I feel sad about how things are going but I never let it pull me down. When I am sober, I say to myself that I know where I am going I am convinced about my talent, so I cannot be discouraged

Your skits are different from the regular ones your colleagues put out there. What inspires you?

When I started, I was also making the regular skits but I didn’t get enough recognition. Last year, I came up with an entirely different concept which went viral and brought a lot of traffic to my page. I realised people loved that style and I decided to stick to it.

I am a student of Creative Arts and on that fateful day, I was on a production set with my course mates when I had an idea– in Nollywood movies, especially the Yoruba ones, there is a particular way they act a scene in which someone dies and I decided to recreate it but in a funny way. I spiced it with slangs that were in vogue and just as I expected, it turned out well.

Since the skit attracted a lot of traffic, I decided to make it my trademark. I have always wanted to be in the movie industry and I realised that could be a channel for me to break into the industry.

Have actors, directors and producers been reaching out to you?

Yes, I have got a number of requests, though they are not much. The kinds of people I look up to in the industry have actually reached out me. But because I am still in school, I haven’t really had the time to do a movie with any of them. However, they understand that and they have been advising me on how I can be a better version of myself. I know I have the talent and I believe that if I work hard, everything would turn out well for me.

What are some of the efforts you put into making your skits?

One has to work with good people that are committed and have the same vision like one. I have my cinematographers and other people who work with me. We are always together and they know what I want. This understanding makes things go smoothly whenever we are making skits.

People are always there for me, so all I have to put in is my talent, time and effort to ensure we produce something good.

I don’t do things that I cannot afford. So, I create concepts based on where I am at the moment. If I am beside a river, I would create a content that would be suitable for that location.

For my skits, I tend to portray typical Yoruba settings. To capture viewers’ interests, I ensure that we have the right costumes. If costumes are not available, we would improvise and make them ourselves.

A lot of people are usually featured in your skits. Do you pay them?

Most of the people featured in my skits are my course mates, so, I don’t have to pay them. We all love acting and they are always willing to feature in my skits. Even if I want to pay them, I don’t think they would accept it because they understand that we’re all growing together.

New comedians keep coming into the limelight. How do you intend to stay relevant?

I am versatile and hardworking, and I have confidence in my talent. New comedians will always come up but I do not see anyone as a competitor. I know what I want and what I’m capable of doing.

I don’t compare myself with others; rather, I am motivated by people who I know are doing really well.

My talent will keep me relevant and this thought alone gives me joy every day.

How do you handle negative comments?

I get many negative comments and they don’t bother me anymore; I just concentrate on where I’m going to. When I started, I used to reply such comments because they hurt me a lot. I used to feel bad that after all the efforts I had put into the skits, some people would say it was boring. However, as I get negative comments is the same way I get positive comments and appreciation from people.

I also got to know recently that some people make negative comments about one, not because they mean it but because they want to get one’s attention. There was a time someone gave made a negative comment on my page and I felt really sad. Later, the person sent me a message, asking me to follow back. I reminded him about the comment he made on my post and he apologised that he didn’t mean it; he just wanted to get my attention.

People often expect more than I can actually give. I cannot pretend to be who I’m not. I can’t afford to live a fake life that I cannot keep up with.

Has online comedy been financially rewarding?

I still look forward to endorsement deals. For now, I get adverts and put in a lot of effort. I am also building my YouTube channel. I am an entrepreneur as well, so I’m hoping that my followers would patronise me.

How do your parents react when they watch your skits?

I’m from a polygamous family but that doesn’t mean I don’t relate with all the members of my family. Initially, my mother thought it was joke. She never knew I was serious about this. She always knew I wanted to become an actress but she never liked the idea because of the sexual roles that are sometimes played in movies. She didn’t like the fact that ladies in the industry were seen as prostitutes. However, I was able to change that narrative. She got to know about what I was doing when my first skit went viral. A lot of people went to my house to show her and she called me immediately, saying, ‘Abija, which was the character I portrayed in the skit. She laughed and was so happy.

How do fans react when they see you?

I don’t have a car yet, so I go about in cabs. People expect certain things from me. They believe that since I’m now popular, I ought to have a luxurious lifestyle. They expect to see me in a car and wearing expensive things but I try to be as real as possible.

Do you get naughty requests from male fans?

Yes, I get such and I believe it’s normal. But I’m not under any compulsion to reply. Some send me messages asking me to come around and promise to give me money. Some even say they want to get me a car. Still, some have asked me to move away from Ijebu Ode (Ogun State), that they would rent me an apartment in Lekki (Lagos State). However, if one is not covetous, such things wouldn’t move one.

What do you recall of your childhood?

I’m from a polygamous family and I grew up with my mother. It was such a difficult phase for us, coming from the slum. Things were very difficult but because I was brilliant, I often won competitions and got a lot of favours from people. While in school for my Ordinary National Diploma, I remember hawking in traffic during the holidays, so I could make some money. At a point, I also worked as a waitress at different clubs to make ends meet. I was determined not to get involved in any dirty act and that was what I promised my mother before she allowed me to work there. I was able to raise money and establish a salon in my school though I hadn’t got admission then but I knew I was going to be attending the school soon.

I began making money from there and the following year, I gained admission. Along the line, I started online comedy and everything has been going smoothly.

How did this experience shape you into the lady you have become?

I believe I am not yet where I want to be but everything I did, from selling goods in traffic, to being treated harshly and working as a waitress made me who I am today. There are certain things I would want to do and people would wonder how I would be able to achieve it. For instance, people often ask me how I’m able to combine being a student with my two jobs. All the experiences I have had make it so simple for me and not as hard as people see it.