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Saturday, June 2, 2018

I Won't Reveal My Age - ''Sho Mo Age Mi Originator''

Kazeem Abimbola, popularly called Jigan Babaoja, is a talented actor, musician and a comedian. The originator of sho mo age mi, that has gone viral, tells Ademola Olonilua how he came about the slang and why he will never disclose his age

How did you come up with the phase, Sho mo age mi?

I have actually done several skits but it’s just that God had mandated that I would become popular with this ‘Sho mo age mi’ slang. I was on a movie location with some of my friends when we started talking about our actresses that were celebrating their 40th birthday; we said that some of them were either not up to 40 years or they were above the age.

That was how we started arguing and I cited myself as an example, asking them if they knew if I was up to 40 years old. That’s how I started asking them if they knew my age in Yoruba. From there, something urged me to do a skit about it and that’s how it went viral.  CONTINUE

Did you ever believe it would become this much of an internet sensation?

I did not know it would garner such attention online. It never occurred to me. Of all my skits, it had the highest amount of views and that was when I knew that it was going to be a viral video. I also have to thank Tunde Ednut because each time I make a skit, he always reposts it and that gives it more mileage online.

People are actually interested in knowing your age. How old are you?

The whole idea behind the skit is the suspense I have built around my age and I have decided that I am never going to tell anybody my age. I am going to keep it to myself forever.

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