Francis Agoda popularly known as I Go Dye is a famous Nigerian comedian and a television host. He has featured in several international comedy shows both home and abroad. He was born on 4th April 1979 in Abraka, Delta State in the southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 38 years old. He grew up in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.
He attended Ighogbadu Primary School in Warri and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After his primary school education, I Go Dye proceeded to College of Commerce in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
During his secondary school days, he always had a creative disposition, being the zonal project manager of the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS Club) where he invented a helicopter, a hovercraft ship, a radio transmitter and a battery table fan which earned him a scholarship to study structural engineering at a university in New York in the United States of America which he declined.
He religiously followed his passion, developing his comedic artistry at a time when the business of comedy was not fashionable as a career. I Go Dye persisted in his pursuit of comedy until he was invited to join the Press Literary Art Drama Debating Society (PLADDS). After which he later became its Programme Director.
After a series of top flight performances presenting mock news on the local television station, Bendel Broadcasting Service, I go Dye with the help of his friend, I go Save, was able to use the platform as a medium to address social issues.
I Go Dye later received a contract to perform in the first comedy club in Nigeria, the Prest Motel in Benin City, where he was paid one thousand naira per show.
His performance gained him widespread popularity on media stations in Nigeria. On one occasion when he was performing at the University of Benin in Edo State, I Go Dye met popular comedian and actor Baba Kome who introduced him to Opa Williams, the organizer of Night of a Thousand Laughs.
In 2000, I Go Dye profile expanded tremendously when Azuh Arinze of National Encomium Magazine gave him an opportunity to perform at the Pre-Reel Awards in Lagos.
Opa Williams attended the Pre-Reel Awards and was impressed by I Go Dye performance. He immediately interviewed I Go Dye and signed him to perform in the forthcoming Night of a Thousand Laughs in Lagos.
After his success in Night of a Thousand Laugh, I Go Dye was invited to perform at the REEL Awards. After which he was also invited to perform at the AMEN Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.
After many years of outstanding performances, Opa Williams declared I Go Dye as the best and most outstanding comedian in Nigeria that has ever featured on the show.
Over the years his performances have earned him a top spot in Nigeria’s comedy industry and placed him on top above other comedians in Nigeria. He has become a sought after comedian by events promoters in Africa, America, Europe and even Asia.
I Go Dye have performed in exalted events hosted by UNESCO, UNO and ECOWAS. He has been featured in the MTV Africa Music Awards. He has also been invited by American top musicians including Akon, 50 Cent, Rick Ross, The Game and Kelly Rowland to perform at their concert.
I Go Dye have won several awards which include African Best Comedian and Nigerian Best Comedian at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
I Go Dye is currently the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Ambassador, working to actualize the United Nations’ objectives and goals. In September 2014, I Go Dye was photographed with the former Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke at the Nigeria Ireland Carnival in Dublin.
I Go Dye is currently one of the richest and most influential comedian in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $7 million.
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