Meet Ike Nwala the Nigerian who is one of the most famous comedians in Japan

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In a homogeneous society like
Japan, you will be shocked to find that one of the biggest comedians in
the country is a Nigerian. Meet American-Nigeria, Ike Nwala,
31. At the age of 21, he moved to Japan to get a job with Goldman
Sachs. Lo and behold he is a big sensation in the Asian country.

I
worked in computer engineering. And the whole time I was watching
comedy DVDs nonstop, teaching myself Japanese, and working on my
material
” he told VICE in May 2017.

Ike Nwala and other Japanese comedians

Ike Nwala and other Japanese comedians

(Konbini )

Nwala would later join a comedy troupe on the side. His big break came when he did an impression of the announcer at the Tokyo Disney Resort on a popular TV show. It went viral and he was suddenly in demand.

Ike Nwala

Ike Nwala

(Konbini )

Today
his face is all over TV stations. Apart from being a funny man, he
applies his knowledge about business into his shows. On the program  Nakai-Kun no Manabu Switch, he uses his business acumen and his comedy formula to teach the Japanese about bitcoin.

In
a country like Japan where black people are viewed in a certain way,
Ike Nwala’s success is phenomenal. With his success comes a
responsibility to represent black people.

Ike Nwala

Ike Nwala

(Bolonger Lab )

I
don’t see it as a responsibility. I see it as an opportunity. That’s
all I see, just opportunities. It’s one of my goals, just opening their
eyes, you know? Showing that not all black people are the same. Me
coming out of doing technology, I think that helps
” he told VICE.

If Nwala stops comedy he admits that he would go back to tech and finance because he knows he is not funny in English.

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