INTERVIEW WITH ROBY EKPO

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Hey there guys.. how y'all doing today? .. Hope all good?.. Okay so Roby Ekpo is an oustanding Host, OAP, comedian extraodinare and actor, the first time I ever saw him was on tv in the old but gold hit reality tv talent hunt show "The Next Movie Star" in 2006, and I didn't even get to the realisation of this fully untill I got this splendid opportunity to have this interview with him, I had tones of laughs while doing this, I know you guys will too so enjoy and Have a good read.

DVF: So tell me about yourself, background and what you do for a living?

Ro: My name is Robert Ekpo and i'm the second son from a family of three boys ,my grandmother was the Late Chief Dr. Mrs. Mararet Ekpo.

I'm an OAP, comedian and I work with Hit 96.5Fm Calabar, I'm a very care free person, life no hard jor, make I no come and go and die for nothing

DVF: Lol yeah ,very funny, your grandma's name definitely rings a bell

 In everything you do which did you start first?

Roby: Yes she was a popular Politician and women's Rights Activist.  

I started in University mind you, I studied Radiography and I practiced at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital but my love for showbiz and entertainment made me abandon all of that

DVF: So how did you go from being a medical student to an entertainer?

Roby: I was the second runner up for The next Movie star in 2006

DVF: That's where I know you from, I keep saying to myself how you look familiar

Roby: Really?

 DVF: Yeah, I watched every season of that show and that's why I added you on facebook and even when I would be checking your instagram, i'm like I know this face but but I just couldn't place it all together

Roby: Lol Small world

DVF: Yeah so was that your first major attempt in the entertainment industry?

Roby: After next movie star, I tried acting for a while but hated Nigerian movies back then cause the production and everything was whack back then It's grown and become better now though

DVF: Yeah the Nigerian movie indistry really got whacky for years up untill recent years when things improved so have you now started acting again?

Roby: Not yet, the industry now has become more like "man-know-man"

DVF: Lol very true, how and when did you get into the radio world?

Roby: About six years ago, I used to feature with a friend on his sports show then did a bit of comedy on another breakfast show then from there I was given my own show It was called "Paradise Sunrise With Roby Ekpo" then it metaphorsized to "The Dawn Show"

DVF: What was the show about?

Roby: That was in Paradise 105.5fm and It was just a morning show ,Information, music and education then again I moved to Hit 95.9 fm and I present a Friday show with my brother and it's called #FunkyFreakyFridayShow

 7-10pm every friday, it Puts you in the mood for a friday night, I also compΓ¨re and MC events, weddings e.t.c

INSTAGRAM @ROBYEKPO

 

DVF: How funky and freaky does the show get though lol?

 Roby: My brother, it's the freakiest show on radio ever!!! Trust me

DVF: Lol I can only imagine

Roby: My brother is crazier than me though

DVF: You work with your real brother or is he just a work brother?

Roby: Real brother, same father and mum, he's two years younger and it's the only radio show in the Nigeria that has two blood brothers presenting a show you can google it

ROBY AND HIS BROTHERS (ON THE RIGHT IS ANDY WHO HE DOES THE RADIO SHOW WITH

DVF: Wow! Two brothers on a show, must be amazing. Okay, I sure will, did you invite him to join you or did you both get the job?

Roby: The CEO of the station requested for both of us

DVF: That's so cool, so being in radio all these years.. what can you say has been some challenges you have faced in doing it?

Roby: So far, I wouldn't say I have faced challenges so far cause when you love what you do work becomes play

DVF: True but what of your parents though?.. what did they make of their son leaving medicine for entertainment?

Roby: Both late , my parents were very supportive they didn't complain, Mum died in October 2009 and Dad later died In January 2010

 DVF: Must have been hard, I can't imagine my life without my parents, so sorry about that

Roby: Yes it was oh! It's not easy at all. Yeah thanks

DVF: So how did you become an Mc? Was it something you always had eyes for or did it sort of happen for you?

Roby: Started out as a joke back in the University, my friends started recommending me to departments to host their departmental weeks and stuff like that and with time I became good at it

DVF: Wow.. you really have been doing this for years, what was the first Mc job you did.. do you recall?

 Roby: I can't recall it's been so long

Roby: Yeah but I think I can recall my first major event it was the Physiology students week and other schools were invited, It was mad oh! From there, I started emceeing even in other schools

DVF: Lol that sounds huge, I can just imagine you on stage back then doing your thing do you still get nervous at it even after all this years doing it?

 Roby: Nah I don't

DVF: How do you keep it fresh and entertaining every time you get on that platform to do the same thing?

 Roby: i'm spontaenous bro I speak English well and i'm good looking and I'm good looking πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ so it sells me

DVF: Hahaha yes you are, how did comedy come into play in all of this or was it something you always had been into?

Roby: It just came oh, I was always making people laugh and I always have something funny to say about almost everything

 DVF: Hahaha I understand that I had a friend like that and he eventually made a profession out of it, Crazeclown

Roby: Like me

DVF: Yeah and like you he's also studying medicine I think you guys would be good friends

Roby: Yes we are

DVF: Oh!! Awesome so let's talk fashion for a little bit because your style is really something, what does fashion mean to you and how would you describe your style?

Roby: Fashion for me is a lifestyle I always try to make it synonymous with my brand "Roby Ekpo" I read a lot of fashion magazines and i'm conscious of what I wear, how I combine what I wear, when I'm supposed to wear what and to where, I swing whatever way I deem fit from casual to semi casual ,formal wears and mind you, I host events so most times I dress with the theme of the events I host

DVF: I love that, I respect how much effort you actually put into it

This year alone can you count how many weddings and events you have Mc'd?

 Roby: Wow! They should be up to 20 or 25, I actually started the year with a wedding on the 2nd of january and i'm ending the year hosting a wedding too on the 31st of december

DVF: Wow! That's alot, lots of talking, weddings attires and joke cracking my goodness.. that's just crazy

Roby: Yup and dancing too

 DVF: What kind of events are your favourite to host?

Roby: The ones I just get to feature cause I get paid alot and perform for just a few minutes πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ Lol but I love weddings too especially when the couple is young

 DVF: Hahahaha anyone would prefer that, are the couples ever old?

 Roby: Lol not really just that some don't have swagg Lmfao and even if they are young, their parents would want to control everything

DVF: Nooo! Parents controlling everything is a big no no

 Roby: Hahaha I have seen alot of things brother

DVF: Haha it must be hard to focus, keep your cool, do your job and joggle the pressure of controlling parents at a wedding but I bet you do it all pretty well. 

What are the things you must always do when you MC like you just have to accomplish it?

Roby: Always make an impression and it works

MAKEUP BY HIS WIFE FOR A COMEDY SKIT

All Hail Sire Roby Ekpo... Duke Of AshBurton Groove lool

DVF: Lol and you sure do make an impression from your dance moves alone, no one will forget you

Roby: Hell yeah!

 DVF: What would you say is the craziest thing you have done while hosting an event?

 Roby: Removed my shirt and trousers when the audience shouted that I should LolπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

DVF: Whaat?? Oh my goodness! Lmao

Roby: Lol

DVF: Okay so let's talk about you, the real Roby, the Roby at home not the performer or Mc or radio host, but the husband and lover. How long have you been married?

Roby: I got married on the 28th of November last year

DVF: Almost a year already, that's lovely, how did you guys meet and how long have you been together?

 Roby: We met on instagram, met in june, I proposed to her in August and got married in November

THE EKPOS
 

DVF: Wow!That was really fast, was it love at first sight?

Roby: Does it matter? We are happy

 DVF: No! not that it matters

Roby: Exactly

DVF: But I feel as though such speed can only be attained with instant love that's why I asked

 Roby: Some don't last

DVF: Some instant love?

Roby: Yup

DVF: True

Roby: So i'm lucky

DVF: I know its a cliche kind of question but did you know she was the one?

 Roby: I married my best friend I always hear people say "When you see the one that's meant for you, you will know"

I never believed it but it happened to me

DVF: Yeah I can only imagine how that must have meant to you, to to feel love like that

Roby: I swear, as a fine boy that I am lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ at first I didn't even believe it was happening

DVF: Hahaha some people are good at showing their love through putting up good public fronts, trying to make people believe their love is perfect but with you guys It is obvious that even beyond the picture perfect there is much love for each other

Roby: Thanks brother

DVF: Okay let's go to your social media before I start crying that I don't have my own bae lol so you two make funny videos lots and lots of them

Roby:  Hahaha okay

 DVF: They are so mind blowing and the way you both combine both your comedic strengths and characters and create something hillarious, It's so freaking cool.

 How did you guys start this and whose idea was it?

 Roby: Yes ,it was her idea and it started in our honeymoon

 DVF: Awww for once you're not the one with the crazy idea

Roby: She never accepts that she's the crazy one

DVF: Hahaha I think you have met your match, but I have to agree with you ,your wife truly is the craziest one. So I have to ask, what was your wedding like?

 

Roby: It was mad I went wild everywhere, danced like a fool I think she has a couple of videos on her Instagram

DVF: Hahahaha I was about to say it that I know how much you must have destroyed the dance floor, I will go watch them, are you the kind of guy who always envisaged what his wedding would be like from childhood? Or the type who never really cared for it?

Roby: I definitely always did but like the saying goes "Man proposes, God disposes" it was everything I hoped for, exactly how I envisaged it, It was awesome

DVF: I love that, your perfect day. Was there a particular moment from that you would always cherish and never forget?

Roby: Yeah, where she and I enacted Zee World dance moves the hall went wild Lmfao

DVF: Lmao yes they did go wild, I just watched all the wedding videos on your wife's Instagram I just can't understand those dance moves you were doing at the wedding

Roby: Blame it on Zee world πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

DVF: I watched almost all your funny videos together and you guys are worse than insane, God is wonderful, he brought two power houses of comedic craze together, I still can't phantom it y'all should be twins.

 Roby: Haha, very true

 DVF: So what is the future for Roby Ekpo? Where do you see your career and brand headed? And what should we be expecting next from you?

Roby: Bigger and better brand, we planning a tv series called The Ekpos Diary, we also plan to have just two kids by God's grace

DVF: Sounds amazing, I can't wait for the series I bet it's going to be bomb

 Roby: Amen

DVF: Would you like for your kids to get into the entertainment industry like their parents?

Roby: I really don't know yet, but I won't decide for them, my parents didn't decide for me

DVF: I really love and appreciate that, I hope more young Nigerian parents do the same because it's been a real barrier for talented Nigerians

Roby: Lol yes my wife is an architect but followed her passion

DVF: Wow ... How cool! Both of you rebelled against your fields of study lol

Roby: Lol

 DVF: We do know one thing for sure about your kids, they are going to have lots and loads of laughs because of the hillarious parents they have

Roby: Lol Amen

DVF: Thank you so much for doing this and giving me your time, God bless you and I wish you the best with everything

Roby: Thank you too and thanks for having me

DVF: I hope I attend a wedding one day and see you standing at the center stage with a mic lol

 Roby: Hopefully

DVF: Lol yeah

Roby: It's not impossible ☺️☺️

DVF: I say amen to that

 Roby: lol

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Gmail: Roby.ekpo@gmail.com

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