|Dr Ofweneke, the comedian in different poses. [Photos: Maxwell Agwanda/Standard]|
How did fans start confusing you for a Nigerian?
I landed a job as a comedian to co-host a show alongside Titi Nagwala at Milele FM. Initially, I was to present in Luhya, Kikuyu, Kamba, Kisii or Luo accent but other comedians were already good with these accents. Nagwala challenged me to come up with something fresh. I turned to Nigerian accent. He introduced the show, saying he had a visitor, Dr Ofweneke from Nigeria. I spoke in Nigerian accent and it has confused listeners to date.
What do you do for a living?
I am a comedian at a local radio station; I act in Vioja Mahakamani and participate in the monthly Crazy Monday Comedy Night sponsored by the Standard Group. I also write scripts and songs, direct and shoot videos, MC and a motivational speaker. I own Ofufu Media and Born to Smile initiative.
How did you acquire Nigerian accent?
What about the Dr Ofweneke title?
I used to entertain children in Nigerian accent at a shop in our estate. Then they wanted to know my name and before l could reply, they said l looked like Dr Ofweneke. I don’t know where they got it from. Later, while looking for job as comedian, l was asked the name l would use and I recalled Dr Ofweneke.
?How did you discover you were a comedian?
As a child, the people l interacted with told me l was funny. I took comedy seriously in high school and even started a programme called Bull’s Eye. Every Friday during assembly, I would make fun of the week’s funny events.
Where did you grow up?