Personal Bio
  • Name
    Alibaba
  • Gender
    Male
  • About Me
    Ali Baba, christened Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere was born in Warri, Delta State, on June 24th 1965 to the Royal family of Agbarha Otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area the first son after several girls He spent the first 8 years of his life in Warri. His father is a retired soldier who served in Lagos. Schooling therefore was at Ojo Primary School and Command Secondary School both in Lagos. He furthered his education at Ibru College in Agbarha-Otor and then went on to the now rested Bendel State University now known as the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma where he read Religious Studies & Philosophy. After acquiring a degree from the then Bendel State University, Ekpoma in 1990, he relocated to Lagos, having discovered his comic talent and funny bone in his 3rd year in university. He had planned to return to Ekpoma to read Law but that was not to be, since he discovered he could make more money from making people laugh than defending them! He began his professional career with corporate events, appearing on television shows with the likes of Patrick Doyle, Charly Boy and Danladi Bako. He also made cameo appearances on radio shows with Bisi Olatilo, Soni Irabor and Mani Onumonmu. He also worked briefly with Dapo Adelegan of DP Lekki Limited as executive assistant in 1991. He had made up his mind that he was going to do everything to enhance himself, improve his skill and the service he offered in other words be professional. However at the time there was hardly any precedent to follow because the funny men then were not into stand up comedy. Patrick Doyle, John Chukwu, Bisi Olatilo, Femi Segun, Femi Jarret, Leo Onmudi, Smart Otemu, Tony St. Iyke and many more were funny, very funny but did not do full time comedy. Through guts, sacrifice and creative dynamism, Ali Baba carved a niche for himself as a comedian for both corporate and non-corporate events. In less than 4 years, he had also become the preferred master of ceremony at some events. Ali Baba made the rules, broke them and sometimes even discarded them depending on how effective they were. These days no event is considered complete without a comedian to MC that event. In 1993, he registered his company Alibaba Hicuppuray 3rd and from then on his focus was on ensuring that the perception of comedians being ‘ne’er do wells’ changed and instead is seen as a profession and a respected way of life. In 1998, he hired billboards in strategic parts of Lagos Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island; Osborne Road, Ikoyi; and the Marina Paying for two years. The message was simple and one he has come to be known by ‘Being Funny is Serious Business’. Ali Baba, has lived with the philosophy that this business is big enough for all who want to make their chosen profession. As such, he has supported, mentored and presented several comedians helping to ensure that standards are maintained and professionalism encouraged. It is no longer strange to hear a comedian charge impressive fees for events. The industry, yes, the Comedy Industry though yet to be standardized, is growing fast and strong to the credit of the God Father of Comedy. He has been a professional stand up comedian for the past 22 years and has in the last 13 years received several awards:- 2001 Laughter Awards – Baziks Theatre Abuja Outstanding Performance 2002 Laughter Incorporated Immense contributions to the Comedy Industry 2003 Delta State University Achievers Merit Award 2004 Pendulum Awards LASU National Association of Physics Students 1st Nigeria Entertainment Awards ICON of Comedy 2005 Comedy Enterprise National Comedy Award 2006 Eric’s Entertainment Inc Recognition of his solid support to young entrepreneurs Lagos State University Award of Excellence City People Entertainment Invaluable contribution to the Entertainment Industry 2007 RCCG Enablers Merit Award 2008 The News For turning stand up comedy into a viable business Diamond Award for Comedy For helping the growth & development of the Comedy Industry in Nigeria 2009 City People Entertainment Invaluable contribution to the Entertainment Industry 2009 National Daily Award Comedian of the decade 2010 Comedy for Change In commemoration of his 20years on stage 2010 Chronicles of Holy Mallam For supporting HollMallam over the years 2010 Africa Charities of America For Discovering & Mentoring Comedians 2010 Laffmattazz Magazine For his immense contribution to the development of comedy in Nigeria 2010 Heros Magazine Delta Heroes Award in Entertainment 2010 Somolu Community Award Most Valuable 9ja Entertainer 2011 Association of Voice-Over Artistes Special Gest and Friend of AVOA (F.O.A.) 2012 BrandPower Awards For Game-changing contributions & acheivements 2012 Celebrity Media Awards Most Popular Talk Show Host “Alibaba Seriously” 2012 Upfront & Personal For your outstanding role in developing the Comedy Industry in Nigeria 2012 OV Award for Excellence Master of Ceremonies 2012 Opa Williams The Pathfinder for the Visually Impaired 2013 LTV/Bimbo-Sola Connect Lagos Classic Comedy Icon 2013 Steve Harris Special Recognition Award Contribution to ‘Mastering the Business of Your Talent’ He was inducted into the Johnny Walker ‘Striding Man’ Society in 2009 which recognises men who have achieved great strides in their chosen fields of endeavour and who share the ‘strides’ they have taken to motivate and encourage others. In 2012, he was given the priviledge of ringing the Year End Closing Bell of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the first comedian to do so. He is also a Special Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps. Alibaba runs a radio show on Nigeria Info 99.3 ‘Alibaba Seriously’ from 2:00pm to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Ali Baba (GCFR) is married to Mary and is blessed with three daughters, Xsara, Brandi and Valerie and a set of twin boys Ejiro and Tejiri. He is an Entertainer, a Comedian, a Master of Ceremonies, a Motivational Speaker, a Photographer, a Writer and has a strong flair for Creating and Developing Ideas. He is an avid reader and constantly seeks information. In his spare time he enjoys painting. “I want to remain on top of my performance every time; I don’t want people to be like, ‘ah, I thought you said he’s the best.’ So, I’m still taking things very serious.”