|Intro||Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor|
Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Jephthah Bowoto, popularly known as Akpororo, is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, vocalist and actor.
Early life and career
He is a native of Ilaje, Ondo State, Nigeria but he was born and grew up in Warri, a city in Delta State, Nigeria where he had his early education. His career started off as a local gospel musician until in 2008 when he went into the National Comedy Challenge by Opa Williams
and went on to win the Calabar zone of the competition.
In 2009, Akpororo moved to Lagos and contested twice in the AY’s Open Mic Challenge, coming second in his first try and winning the competition in his second try. He rose to popularity in 2013 following his performance at “Basketmouth’s Laff and Jam” show and went on to perform in several comedy shows including “AY Live”. On 12 August 2014, he staged his first major comedy show “Akpororo vs Akpororo” at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre. The maiden event saw the attendance of notable musical acts and comedians.
In 2014, Akpororo delved into acting, starring in the films Headgone and The Antique; with the former earning him three nominations at the 2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.
His style of comedy is basically the fusion of secular and church-related jokes. In an interview, he revealed that he performs and cracks jokes about lunatics because he was once an attendant to mentally-ill people who came to the church he was attending for spiritual healing.
In June 2015, he signed a 2-year endorsement deal with telecommunication giants Airtel Nigeria.
Awards and nominations
|2016||2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Comedy Act||Nominated|
|2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Actor in a Comedy||Nominated|
|2015||2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Comedy Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards||Best Comedic Act||Won|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Best Comedic Act (View’s Choice)||Nominated|
|2014||2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Comedy Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2014 BEN Television Awards||Comedian of the Year||Nominated|
|2014 Naija FM Comedy Awards||Best Comedian of the Year||Won|
He is married to Josephine Ijeoma Abraham following their wedding in Surulere, Lagos State on 14 November 2015. He is a student of Lagos State University where he is studying Sociology.