I quit comedy because I wasn’t enjoying it – Teju Babyface
Olateju Oyelakin, aka Teju Babyface, widely known as the originator and host of The Teju Babyface Show, confessed, in an interview with punch, that he had to channel his energy into creating the talk show at a point when he no longer enjoyed earning a living as a stand-up comedian.
“The truth is that I have never known what I wanted to do with my life. But, there was a time when comedy was all that I wanted to do. That was when it was my bread and butter. I got to a point where I was no longer enjoying it as much as I used to do. Then an opportunity opened up for me and I started the talk show,” he said.
As if to silence his critics and comedy fans who, wondering why he dumped a thriving career for an ordinary TV talk show and had entertained doubts about his chances of succeeding, Teju’s new show became an instant hit in Nigeria and almost as soon as it came on air in 2010.
A few years later, precisely in 2014, The Teju Babyface Show suddenly went off the air for reasons that were best known to the producer at the time.
Explaining to punch why he had to suspend the production of the show, Teju recounted his encounter with the director of a popular TV station in Kenya and how the meeting opened his eyes to certain facts about how independent TV programmes were being run in other parts of the world.
“I realised that a talk show, such as we do, was never designed to be produced by an independent producer. I felt that it was an anomaly. So we had to stop after a while and re-strategise.
“We decided that if we had to do the show ourselves and there was no television network that would take the proactive responsibility of investing in this kind of programme, and if all they want us to do is produce it and buy airtime; we had to sit down and plan properly. That was why we stopped,” he said.