Gbadewonuola Olateju Oyelakin (born January 20, 1979), known professionally as Teju Babyface Oyelakin, is a Nigerian Comedian and Talk Show Host. He is the creator of Minding Your Talent, an initiative to help young Africans achieve career success. He is the founder and lead mentor at the Mentorship Foundation Africa (formerly known as the Teju Babyface Mentorship Academy). He may not as good at standup as the likes of Basketmouth, but he carefully made a name for himself and maintained relevance using another style of comedy.
Teju was born on January 20, 1979, in Lagos, Nigeria. He attended Corona School Apapa, Federal Government College Ogbomoso and the University of Lagos where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Insurance. In September 2012, Teju Babyface married former MBGN contestant, Tobi Banjoko. They welcomed together their twin children in 2018.
Teju’s first foray into entertainment was as a member of Theatre 15, a vocational acting outfit made up of other students whilst he was in the University. They would rehearse and put on plays in the school’s art theatre for other students and it was during one of such performances, in his second year, that he came to the attention of Award-winning director, Tade Ogidan who was looking to cast the main character in the blockbuster movie, Diamond Ring.
During these times, Teju soon realized that whilst acting was greatly dependent on being cast in any role by producers and directors, stand-up comedy was a field that offered perhaps equal fame and fortune with a freedom to perform that he would never find in acting and so he took a friend up on an offer to act as the Emcee for a departmental end of year whilst in the university. He enjoyed the experience so much that he spent less time trying to act and focused more on comedy and was soon rewarded with success and recognition.
In 2010 Teju developed The Teju Babyface Show, which became an instant hit on television in Nigeria and beyond. He had always been of the opinion that stand-up comedy was a means to an end and after a decade as one of Nigeria’s headline stand-up comedy acts, he saw the show as the perfect way to impact and influence more people. The very first of its kind in Nigeria, the show brought an infusion of late night American television with hints of recent projects like the Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey, and Arsenio Hall Shows to African television.
Teju Babyface is rated one of the richest comedians in Nigeria with a net worth of $3 million dollars.
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