Renowned Nigerian comedian Francis Agoda, popularly known as “I Go Dye,” has opened up about a personal experience that highlights his journey to success.
Taking to his verified Instagram account on Tuesday, the comedian shared a heartfelt story about spending a night at a brothel in Port Harcourt many years ago.
According to I Go Dye, he found himself in a situation where he couldn’t afford to stay in a hotel after being invited to an event that paid him a meager amount of money. He disclosed that he received only 10,000 naira but was unaware that his accommodation, transportation, and meals were supposed to be covered by that payment.
In his Instagram post, I Go Dye shared a throwback photo from that day, which depicted him alongside the producer of “Nite of a Thousand Laughs,” Mr. Opa Williams, during an event in Port Harcourt.
He captioned the photo with a reflection on his experience: “This picture expresses a rare story of zeal and hope. This was 23 years ago, on December 26th, 2000, at the Port Harcourt ‘Nite of a Thousand Laughs’ event with Mr. Opa Williams.”
I Go Dye went on to explain that upon arriving in Port Harcourt, he discovered that his 10,000 naira payment was intended to cover more than just his performance fee. Realizing this, he found himself unable to afford a hotel stay, with only 2,000 naira remaining. Desperate for a place to sleep, he approached a prostitute and requested to spend the night in her room for a fee of 1,000 naira.
Recounting the night, he continued, “The lady agreed but said the space would only be available after all her customers had left, which would be around 2 am. So, I agreed and performed my comedy set. Later, in the early hours of the morning, someone knocked on the door and asked me to wait outside for 30 minutes. It was then that I decided to head to the water line in search of a vehicle heading to Warri.”
Through sharing this personal anecdote, I Go Dye aimed to inspire resilience and hope, emphasizing that no matter the difficulties faced, there is always a brighter future ahead. He concluded his post by humorously noting that renowned Nigerian preachers, Chris Oyakhilome and Chris Okotie, didn’t surpass his level of hardship during that particular year.
This story serves as a testament to the comedian’s determination and serves as an encouragement for others to maintain faith and believe in the potential of their dreams.