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I GO DIE

Lagos [Nigerian]

Biography


Francis Agoda AKA (I go die) was born on April 4, 1979 in AbrakaDelta State, Nigeria. As a young child he grow up at Okpara water side with his grand Mother, Queen Agnes where he saw the numerous challenges facing rural settlements in Nigeria. This insight has motivated him to address some of these issues through his comedy and publications. A review of his creativity dates back to his elementary school days at Ighogbadu primary school and College of Commerce, Warri Delta State. During his school days he was a member of the Junior Engineering Technical society and was made the zonal project manager to represent Delta State In 1992, as a young kid, he met the first executive governor of Delta State Olorogun Felix Ibru after he exhibited unusual creativity for someone who grew up in the village to have the innovation to design an Hover craft ship, radio transmitter, hair dryer, projector, electric solar table fan and flying helicopter, that made him the first African child to have built a flying helicopter and moving Hover craft ship. He was awarded scholarship to study structural engineering at New York university. His insight into life and future were mysterious according to his mother princess Emily, because he professed issues of the future and he had a great inherent spirituality that made him scared. Within a short while, his passion for comedy brought him wider acceptance and popularity, which he realized was a means to address mitigating factors affecting young children and many unprivileged people, based on what he witnessed growing up in the village as a young kid.

He imbibed the name I Go dye from the similarity of the sound of his is surname Agoda, I GO DYE translated to mean (Initiative guide on developing youth endowment) His mother took him out of United college of Commerce to Essi college warri so that his uncle who was a teacher in that school could monitor his activities so while in Essi college he joined SVC where he meet his best friend of today Otagware onodjeyeke (otas) now known as Igosave, together they started presenting mock news on Delta Broadcasting Service 1994, where they addressed several issues affecting the society, later on he got a contract as a Stand up comedian at Prest Motel in Benin City where he was paid one thousand Naira per show, while he also expanded his profile across different events in Nigeria after years of exploring his creativity he featured in Africa biggest comedy show Night of A thousand laughs 2000 year edition and made the comedy show and vcd became the most salable comedy cd according to the marketer Mr Obino Music, he performed for a decade and he was eventually honoured by the producer of Nite of a Thousand Laugh Mr Opa Williams as the most outstanding comedian to have been on Night of a Thousand laugh stage for ten years.

His first European tour was with Ehizoya Golden Entertainment, 2005 which took him round 7 countries. He was later contracted by (NIDOE) France to perform at the UNESCO Cultural Week in Paris France and was presented an award for his contribution to the uplifment of Nigeria Cultural value by Niddo Spain.

He has been featured in the MTV Africa Music Awards. He has also performed in opening and closing shows of various notable musicians including AkonBoyz II Men50-CentRick RossThe Game, and Kelly Rowland.

Awards

I Go Dye have won various awards, including:

  • African Best Comedian.
  • The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation of Europe-SPAIN Award for his contribution to Nigerian culture and art.
  • The Nigeria Best Comedian Award (NEA AWARD).
  • Delta Role model Award 2017
  • Nigeria best comedian Award
  • Niddo Spain Award;for his contribution to Nigeria Culture and Art.
  • Ukaid and youth alive foundation ambassador Award on #MadACT make a difference Against Corruption Today; dedicated to Nigeria pensioners
  • Nigeria Army Civil Award with the compliment of Chief of Army staff Lt General TY Buratai
  • United Nations Development Goal Ambassador
  • United Nations World Habitat Ambassador

 

Social Crusader

I Go Dye as someone who had faced the ills of conflict and was shot, losing some of his close friends, that tragic experience changed his perception. When he reflected on the 1997 Warri crisis between the Ijaw’s and Itsekiri people, he championed the project, Peace in sight. Amb Francis Agoda shot a 10 minuets documentary, short film in 2004 for United Nations and the Federal government of Nigeria to promote peace and advocate for rural development.He has often lend his voice and provided solutions to world leaders and Nigerian elites with most of his publications. His open letter to mark the United Nations Youth day in 2017 titled Logic and Reason without guns to Nigeria Government, Governors Militant and youth, he has continued to be an advocate for the African Youths, promoting a new political ideology that will include the youths in governance, he has also advocated for youth leadership, in Zimbabwe where he wrote president Robert Mugabe to step down for youthful leadership, he also advocated for youthful President in Liberia which has been successful and has continued to champion a new leadership also for Nigerian through his open letter to his excellency president Muhammadu Buhari  and former vice president Atiku Abubakar.


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