I GO DYE: SUCCESS IN COMEDY


Francis Agoda was born on 4 April 1979 in Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria. He is popularly referred to by his stage name ‘I GO DYE’. He followed his passion, developing his comedy artistry, at a time when the comedy business was not trending as a career. However, he continued to pursue comedy, until he was invited to join the Press Literary Art Drama Debating Society (PLADDS). He soon became PLADD's Programme Director.

‘I go dye’ received a contract to perform in the first comedy club in Nigeria, where he was paid one thousand naira per show. He gained popularity on media stations. On one occasion, when he performed at the University Of Benin, he met Baba Kome, who took him to meet Opa Williams the organizer of “Nite of A Thousand Laugh”.  Williams signed him to perform in the forthcoming “Nite of a Thousand Laughs 2000”. Subsequently, he was also invited to perform at the REEL Award and the AMEN Award of 2000. Opa Williams after many years of outstanding performanances named “I Go Dye” the best /most outstanding comedian that featured in the show.

Over the years his performances earned him a place in Nigeria's comedy industry. He became a sought-after comedian by events promoters in Europe. I Go Dye completed his first European tour with Ehizoya Golden Entertainment, later with The Nigerians in Diaspora Organization of Europe (NIDOE)-France and also performed during the UNESCO Cultural Week.

He has being featured in MTV Africa Music Awards. He has also performed in opening and closing shows of various notable musicians, including Akon, Boyz II Men, 50-Cent, Rick Ross, The Game, and Kelly Rowland.  He has received various awards which include: African Best Comedian, The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation of Europe-SPAIN Award for his contribution to Nigerian culture and art, The Nigeria Best Comedian Award (NEA AWARD). The National Comedy Award (NCA).

He is a United Nations millennium development goals ambassador, he has series of investments that certified him as an enterprising business man. He has a real estate, property and road construction company. He also has a bottling water company. His net worth is estimated to about 2 billion naira. He is one of the most enterprising comedians in the industry today.