Abovi Ugboma popularly known as Bovi is a Nigerian comedian, producer, director, actor and writer. He began his career in 2007 and since then, has written several sitcoms and organised popular concerts. Bovi began his stand-up comedy Man on Fire in 2013 which has been hosted in Nigeria and across the globe.
Bovi was born on Sep 25, 1979 in Benin city, Edo State to Chief Eddie and Margaret Ugbomah. He hails from Delta state, Nigeria. Bovi attended Uniben Staff School for his primary education. Then, he moved to government college, Ughelli for his secondary education. Subsequently, Bovi attended Delta state university, Abraka where he studied Theatre Arts in 1998, and graduated in 2002. After graduation, he was posted to Kogi State for his NYSC, where he served at the National Television Authority (NTA), Lokoja.
Bovi Early Career
In 2004, Bovi moved to Lagos with the aim of marketing his script to one of Africa’s leading actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo. Luckily, he became Richard’s personal assistant from 2004 – 2006. Bovi then began his comedy career in April 2007, after debuting his self-written sitcom. He wrote and produced the sitcom titled – Extended family. This story gained massive popularity and in the following year, he started leading shows and events in Nigeria.
Similarly, in 2008, he became one of the most sought-after comedians in Nigeria. This time, he featured in Opa Williams Night of a thousand laughs, Basketmouth’s Uncensored and Lord of the Ribs. Today, Bovi has worked with top comedians like Basketmouth, Julius Agwu, Okey Bakasi, Gordons, Ali Baba, I go dye and I go save.
Additionally, Bovi produced yet another sitcom titled The Bovi Ugboma Show (TBUS). This particular one fetched him two nominations. It include the Best actor in comedy and best writer, comedy or film, at the maiden edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).
Bovi got married to Kris Asimonye on September 19, 2009 and they are blessed with three children.
Bovi Man On Fire
The comedian began hosting a one-man stand-up comedy show themed Man on Fire in 2013. Consequently, this show took him around the world while performing with his authentic style. Man on fire debut edition was held in Lagos, in March 2013. The second edition, in October 2014. And the third March 2017. In addition, the fourth edition was hosted in Lagos on April 28, 2019. Similarly, the comedy special has been hosted in other cities around the world: Toronto, London, New York and Port-Harcourt.
Bovi Net Worth
According to Austinemedia in Feb. 2018, Bovi Ugboma net worth is estimated at N600 million. He is one of the richest and influential comedians in Nigeria. Recently, he was seen on the posters of Blue Gate, a power support provider. Also, he became a brand ambassador for Vitafoam and Glo in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
It’s Her Day
In 2016, Bovi produced a comedy drama titled It’s Her Day. It was directed by Aniedi Anwah and premiered in Lagos, Nigeria on Sept. 9 2016. It hit about N55 million in four weeks. The comedy drama centers around a couple about to get married. The groom-to-be is pressured by her soon-to-be bride and her family for a society wedding. Bovi starring as Victor (the soon-to-be-groom) decided to give his fiancee Ini Dima Okojie starring as Nicole, a fairy tale wedding.
Basically, Victor is of the opinion that wedding ceremonies should be simple but Nicole was against that view. Rather, she wanted a top-notch wedding where special artistes like Davido, Timi Dakolo, Julius Agwu, Basketmouth and other celebrities will be present.
Similarly, Shaffy Bello starring as the bride mother along with Nicole sisters went ahead to plan an extravagant wedding totally out of Victor’s budget. They got a hall worth N2 million, invited Kelechi Amadi Obi for pictures and many more. Eventually, Victor found a way to outsmart them.
It was produced under the Kountry Kulture Network and distributed by Silverbird Distribution. Other actors that starred in the drama include; Adunni Ade, Amanda Mike-Ebeye, Najite Dede, Gregory Ojefua, Thelma Ezeamaka, Femi Durojaiye, Ese Lami George and Toni Tones. The movie earned him a nomination at the AMVCA.
Other Production Include;
- Nite of 1000 laughs
- Extended Family
- Back to School
- The Bovi Ugboma Show and
- Other comedy skits.
Some of Bovi Awards include;
- Comedian of the Year by the Culture People
- Comedian of the Year by Ghana Awards
- Best Youth Comedian by the Stand-up Comedians Award
Entrepreneurial Lessons From Bovi
Start: Obviously, now is the time to start. Stop waiting for the right time, because the ‘right time’ already has other things in store for you. Just like the words of Charles Brixton “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” Bovi recognised in time what he wanted in life and he did not waste time pursuing it.
You Need Mentors: Having people whom you look up to is very important. This is evident in the life of Bovi; the role that Richard Mofe- Damijo and Basketmouth have continued to play in his life. Similarly, for entrepreneurs starting a business, intentionally seek out people who have walked the path you want to walk. You can follow them virtually online or by reading about their work.