Real success is not without a price, an age-old truth recently amplified by Pankeeroy, a talented, young and fast-rising Nigerian comedian who shot to limelight using Instagram to showcase his talent.
Real name Nwagbo Chidera Oliver, Pankee, as he is better known to his teeming fans, is a versatile entertainer, a skilled actor and dancer, but is now popular for his comedy videos.
He recently shared some insights about what inspired him to venture into the world of comedy: “First it is passion. I have passion for comedy; then my creative mind works like a clock always ticking.”
He added: “Right from time, I have really wanted to be on the screen, to be the focus of attention. So becoming a comedian is like a dream comes true. I am not surprised that things are turning out well for me because I have been working on it for a long time.”
Nonetheless, success did not come to him on a platter of gold but rather was a culmination of perseverance and dogged efforts to overcome challenges. “There were structural issues, like managing myself as a brand before I eventually got a manager, for instance,” he stated.
On how he surmounted the challenges the initial challenges he encountered at the beginning of his comedy career, Pankeeroy avowed that “having a mentor and avoiding mistakes through experience shared,” played a significant part. Selflessness, he also claimed, helped his rapid metamorphosis in the highly competitive comedy space.
The Anambra State indigene, born and raised in Lagos, is an alumnus of Redeemer’s University where he earned a bachelor degree in Computer Science. He cited the likes of Will Smith, Chris Brown and Usher Raymond as having a huge influence on his decision to embrace entertainment as his career path.
In his advice for newbies in the entertainment industry, Pankeeroy harped on the importance of being consistent. “You have to persevere and keep doing what you are doing, and doing it to the best of your ability until you hit it big, while all the while bearing in mind that winners don’t quit, and those who quit don’t win.”