* Was a regular ‘JAMB Customer’
· * Dropped out of Ghanaian university over unpaid school fees
· * Travelled to Ukraine to study medicine
· * Lost Dad two years to graduation
· * Graduate as medical doctor after 10 years
· * Comedy, not medicine, eventually brought him fame
In truth, the road to success is strewn with thorns. If you doubt this maxim, ask Bill Gates and Dangotes of this world. That perhaps explains why the sojourn of Emmanuel Iwueke into the world of fame appears striking.
Fondly called Craze Clown or Baba Ade (by fans), the Imo State-born maverick has gained a massive retinue of followers on Instagram and other social media over the years. To some, he is just one of those few comedians out there who shot to limelight by accident. To Iwueke, medicine, not comedy, was the original calling he had. But fate has a way of throwing events across one’s path even when one does not call for it.
Just in case you are wondering,
How then did Craze Clown get his big break in the world of comedy skit?
Listen to his story as the NAIRABET ambassador relives his journey via a post on Instagram shortly after he graduated as a medical doctor from a University in far away Ukraine this year.
“Before y’all start seeing videos and pictures of me in my graduation gown doing crazy stuffs. I need to explain the depth of the happiness I feel being a graduate after almost 10 years of chasing medicine (while doing comedy by the side of course) … only a few would understand my joy and how I express it …
“Having to write JAMB so many times that I even started retailing Jamb Scratch Cards … having to accept a course you never wanted just to leave home so people will stop asking ‘When you go start school?’ … Having to tell lies upon lies about why you are still at home … having to accept a course you know nothing about so you just get an admission and leave home from frustration …
“Having to finally get an admission to University Of Legon, Ghana, for medicine (my choice) and dropped out a year later because school fees was doubled or tripled, had to go back to Square One looking for admission again and ‘affordable’ one this time … having to stand outside the Ukraine Embassy, Abuja for days, weeks and months eating only ‘Lacasera’ and ‘Gala’ waiting for interview.
It was like Judgment Day at that embassy. Some people go in for interview and come out smiling while some others come out crying. It was like HEAVEN AND HELL SENTENCE. But using my God given ‘Igbo man skills,’ I was able to get the visa and came to Ukraine … having to balance school and entertainment which I have already deployed to get small change.
“However, tragedy visited me one day. I lost a Big Part of me on November 7, 2015 when my Dad passed away (may his soul rest in peace). I was forced to go out of school and shut down my social media accounts for a month because the shock was unbearable.
“Having to look out for myself and family was a responsibility I never planned for but I stood up to it. I just wanna say THANK YOU LORD … I therefore dedicate this (graduation) to my Dad, I actually did it for you! I know you are not with us anymore but you still live in our hearts and I miss you so DAMN much, dad! … And to my first love, momma. Your undying love gave me the right push, let me also say ‘I luhh yuhh’ to my FRIENDS-turned-family and my supporters all over the world.
“The boy issa DOCTOR OF MEDICINE! Respek on d name!
Quite an inspiring read, isn’t it?
This, my friend, is the rough tuff most successful entrepreneurs, professionals, oil moguls, politicians and academicians often pass en route their success drive.
I don’t know what you are thinking or going through at this moment. Whatever it is, please don’t give up. Hold on a while longer till you eventually see the light at the end of that dark tunnel.
Don’t stop believing… You can do it!!!