Comedian sets school children on “fire” at ACCA event

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It was a day of fun, conviviality and career development opportunity for secondary school students and other guests that attended this year is edition of career day celebration, put together by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Nigeria as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme in the country.

Top among career talk experts and professionals who have made success in their chosen careers, invited for the occasion, was the young and affable Nigerian stand up comedian, Mr. Teju Oyelakin otherwise known as Teju Babyface.

Others included Mrs. Ronke Kuye, General Manager, GTBank Plc, Barrister Sandra Oyewole, Partner, Olajide Oyewole & Co., Mrs. Bisola Longe, chartered accountant and CEO, HCDC Limited.

The entrance of the ace comedian, into Oceanview Restaurant, Eko Hotel, venue of the event, drew the cheer of the mass of secondary school students who were probably meeting him for the very first time. They besieged him for autographs and pictures, and he relished the moment with them.

The University of Lagos graduate of Insurance illustrated his career path, right from secondary school up to the university, disclosing how his well-to-do father never pampered him with his wealth like other silver spoon children and for that he had to discover the artiste in him in order to augment the stipends he got from home.

According to the petite comedian, the early fame that his comedy and acting talent brought on him nearly ruined him. He recalled: “I started making more money from the small shows and events where I performed and that got into my head. I lost focus, especially in my year one at the University of Lagos. I chose to come to class when I like, I was just enjoying myself with girls around me. I was studying insurance, and forgotten it was a very serious course that only serious students can pass. I became serious when my classmates left me behind to grapple with extra year.”

The event was concluded with a dancing competition and the most intelligent questions segment, which afforded some of the students from Greenspring School, Anthony, the opportunity to win monetary prizes for their schools.

The coordinator of the event and ACCA Nigeria's Country Director, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ademola, disclosed that The Career Day is part of ACCA Nigeria's adopted strategy on CSR activities whereby youths within the operating communities of ACCA are given the opportunity to meet with career experts and ACCA certified professionals who will guide them on right career paths.

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