Instagram comedian and motivational speaker, Asiri Comedy who recently joined the authors club with his book, ‘Asiri: Mystery’, shared some experiences he had while writing his book as he revealed stories from his past.
“Nigerians read only read what is interesting and relatable to them. I think an average Nigerian wants to read a story when he sees Ojuelegba or Mowe Ibafo. When I was writing this book, I wanted to make it reader-friendly, so I made sure each of the thoughts raised in the book was backed up with a relatable story with some touch of humour.
“People tend to rationalise for you and use their failures to conclude your journey and that is where the problem comes; people tend to use their journey to define you. I just got back from Dublin where there was a book launch. It was supposed to be a serious event, but I performed comedy for about 25 minutes before we started the book launch.”
“True success is when you come to a point of synchronising all your strengths and one is not overshadowing the other. Everything brings in money for me. Events are subject to some factors; they don’t happen all the time, but people buy books all the time. In less than eight months, we sold over 1,000 copies. So if we say it is a bestseller, it is not a cliché, it is actually selling,” he said.
The comedian revealed that he was a bedwetter till he was in SS3.
“There was a day I wet my sister’s report card, which she had put on the couch. I had slept on it. At that point, I had issues with bed-wetting to the extent that they nicknamed me ‘Tomiwa.’ “I stopped bed-wetting in SS3. At the time, it was fun because it was part of my pranks. I just knew that when it was about 1 am, I must go and pee but I would not do it.
“My parents were bothered at a point and my grandma once came and brought something for me to drink, and instructed that once I drank it, I should not go outside again, but that day, I gave them double portion of bed-wetting.”
He advised parents who had children facing the same problem, not to stigmatise them, saying it would stop eventually, but that the stigma might leave the child with a low self-esteem.
“Basically, if it is a boy that has this problem, they should leave him alone. It is considered to be a medical problem but it gets to an age before it is termed as that as it could be a form of mannerism by the child.
“For instance, creative people tend to play pranks a lot which was the case for me. As for me, I used to imagine a scenario whereby my friends and I would go to play football and when we were returning in groups, there would be that one person in the gang that would say I want to pee, by resonance, I would also pee in reality.
“If you have a boy with this condition, don’t rub it in his face or stigmatise him, instead help him through it by waking him up at intervals in the night. Don’t stigmatise; if you do that, he will have low self-esteem and by the time he stops bed-wetting, the low self-esteem would still be there. Try your best to regulate it and it will resolve 90 per cent of the cases involved,” he said.