Bovi was hosted on Channels Television to do an episode of Rubbin’ Minds with Ebuka while promoting his new movie My Village People.
The interview started out with Ebuka asking Bovi:
One narrative I always see is how united the Nigerian comedy industry is especially you guys who have been in the game for quite a bit. As against other sects of entertainment, you guys seem to have each other’s backs, this person does a show, this person shows up, all of that.
But I’ve also seen conversations about that being a myth where there is actual competition where you guys don’t necessarily like each other and this is just a space where on the face of it, it looks a certain way but behind the scenes, there is a lot of headbutting. Is that true?”
To which Bovi replied:
I don’t know. Personally, I don’t think everybody can like each other but I don’t also think they hate each other.
It’s a tricky situation. As regards the shows, I’ve got a lot of flack in that regard because in the beginning I used to do everybody’s show and they used to be like ‘Oh Bovi, when is your show so we can come support.’ No, I want to do it the way it’s internationally accepted.
Yes, doing a Nite of a Thousand Laughs, I’m willing to be on that platform.
But it got to a point where I can’t be on a show that runs by a comedian’s name and everybody else is featuring then you the comedian you come on your own show and you’re not telling jokes, you’re just MCing and bringing everybody to perform.
Then we go home and you make all the money.
Then you take that content, put it online or sell it and you make all the money. So I’m like both ways it doesn’t favor who is on the show. I want to do a show and have a command performance. That’s like my own version of an album.
I dn’t want to be 15 minutes here, 10 minutes here, 20 minutes here just on rotation like that. I think it affects growth of my brand you know? Then when you grow to a certain stage and you know you can fill up a venue on your own and somebody is telling you, ‘Oh come and do ten minutes on my show’.
There comes a time where you grow to that you really can’t be doing that anymore so that’s what it is.
Watch the full interview below