Saturday, 30 January 2016

Comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known by his
stage name, I Go Dye, revealed to Saturday Beats
he once declined a scholarship to study Structural
Engineering at the University of New York.
“I probably could have died by now if I decided to
become a Structural Engineer,” he said jokingly.
Revealing a surprising aspect of his life many may
not be aware of, I Go Dye said he was the zonal
project manager of the Junior Engineering
Technical Society, which gave him an opportunity
to express some parts of his talents – building
things.
He claimed he built a miniature helicopter, a
hovercraft, a radio transmitter, and a battery table
fan, which were the efforts that earned him the
scholarship in 1992.
But I Go Dye does not regret his choice one bit.
He said, “Academic pursuit depends on personal
interest. I am still acquiring knowledge on a daily
basis. There is no limit to educational quest. The
truth of the matter is that life is a choice. Until you
do things you love, you cannot really be happy.
Those things I built at the time are still part of my
life today. But I chose comedy because that is
where my love lies.
“I started building things at the young age of about
12. At a point, I was no longer really comfortable
with that path of life.
“When I left the village and came to the city, I
imagined how to make life easier for my people. At
a point, I realised that my heart was in comedy and
decided to tow that path.
“When I declined that scholarship, I had started
becoming interested in having an impact on the
lives of people. When I left the village, and got to
the city, Comedy became a platform through which
I could give hope to people. I am happy with the
choice I made.
“I have now spent 20 years on stage. I was first
featured on A Night of a Thousand Laugh in 2000
and I started doing variety shows when I was in
Class Three in the secondary school. People only
know you when you become successful. They
don’t really know the roads you passed through
until you tell stories like this.”

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