Isaac Ayomide Olayiwola (born 11 July 1998) popularly known as Layi Wasabi sometimes stylish as LayiWasabi or Law, is a Nigerian-born comedian and online content creator of Yoruba origin. He hails from Osogbo in Osun State, an important tie-dye production centre and the hometown of the Nigerian dramatist Duro Ladipo.
He is a content creator, online comedian and Influencer who gained influence through the unique style of his comic videos.
Early life and career
Born on 11th of July 1998, Layi Wasabi lived all his life in the ancient Yoruba city, Osogbo, along with his younger brother and doting mother, whom he acknowledges as his humour’s genetic source, the supplier of his comedy chromosome.
Layi’s closest friend while growing up was his mother. She was the funniest in her circle of friends.
His father passed away when he was barely two years old and hence, his nurturing fell to his mother and his extended family comprising uncles, aunts and grandparents.
According to Layi in an interview with Culture Custodian, his childhood was “quiet” and “without adventure”.
His parents are Mr and Mrs Olayiwola.
Isaac Ayomide Olayiwola had his elementary and secondary School Education in Osun State and later proceeded to Bowen University for his Undergraduate degree. Layi studied Law in Bowen University and claims his formal education moved at a swift pace because of his mother.
Layiwasabi gained admission to study Law as a Fifteen-year-old and he is currently serving as a National Youth Corper in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Gleaning from a sentence he tweeted in May this year about how his time in Ibadan has thus far been, he said: “NYSC is after my existence on this blue terrestrial ball”.
Layiwasabi, who’s probably the only Nigerian comic alive to have a Shakespeare’s line pencilled on his Instagram bio—“The world is your oyster” from Merry Wives of Windsor”, started his Comedy Career as a teenager.
The first time Layi skulked about a microphone in an effort to make people laugh, he was in JSS2, during his secondary school’s talent show. “I signed up for stand-up comedy and formed a drama group called The Emerald Star, a group I headed until SS3. Our performance during the talent show was the highlight of the night. It was during those days I knew I was meant for this. I felt very alive, very ‘me’ when I was on stage and during rehearsals.
Layi learnt the principles of comedy in the most sensible and natural way: by simply observing the frog, and for a very long time.
Growing up with his background, his mother attends the Redeemed Christian Church of God, added up Christian heritage to his skits. In one of his most popular gags Layi parodies the hammy acting and deus-ex-machina resolutions of those Mount Zion movies that amused nearly every Nigerian Christian home from the 80s to the early 2000s, morality soap operas written, directed and acted in by any number of the famed Bamiloye family.
In another skit Layi, used the POV technique common to online comedy, imagines how working for a Nigerian employer with Jesus’s preternatural powers would look like. He does have a way with words, a likely concomitant of his reading “some Soyinka” and “a chunk of Adichie”.
Layi does some physical comedy, too, like when he wears the kind of comically outsized coat you expect to see on those peripatetic Jehovah Witness evangelists who are rich in heavenly terms but broke in their earthly life.
Layi’s comedy thrives mostly for his facility with words and his acting skills, the former lending his skits a kind of bookish mien, the latter affording it complexity while telling you his time in Nollywood is only two train stations away.
He describes himself as an introvert—“a gift and a curse”, he calls it—and his comedy reflects the sonic minimalism typical of an introvert’s private life: There are no exuberant sound effects, no canned whoops of “Funke!” or “Apostle will hear of this”.
He was awarded the Most Entertaining Personality by the Law Students’ Society, LSS, Bowen University on July 18th, 2021.
Layiwasabi is rumoured to be in a romantic relationship with Eniola Korty Olanrewaju, popularly known as Korty EO.
Is Layi Wasabi married?: Layi Wasabi is at the moment not yet married. He also has no kids for now.
Layi Wasabi has an estimated net worth of around $400, 000 – $700, 000.
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