Godwin Komone popularly known by his stage name as Gordon is a famous Nigerian standup comedian, musical artist, television host, master of ceremony, actor and a television personality. He has been described as one of the greatest standup comedian in Nigeria. He was born and bred in Warri, Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria.
Gordons is an indigene of Delta State and an Urhobo by tribe. He attended Ighogbadu Primary School in Warri, Delta State and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, Gordons proceeded to Nana College in Warri, Delta State and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, Gordons proceeded to Delta State University in Abraka and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Science. He started his comedy right from his university days as an MC and was involved in several shows and events which were held in the campus of Delta State University in Abraka.
Gordons is the first born of his parents. He got married on 23th March 2002 and the marriage is currently blessed with four lovely children. According to an interview he had, he has this to say about his growing up;
“Growing up was hell because we were the poorest of the poor and even the people considered as poor used to call us poor people, it was that bad. I used to trek to school barefoot because we didn’t have money to buy shoes and even when patch trousers had not started reigning, I had already started wearing patch patch trousers to school because the uniform was torn but no money to replace it, so I had to patch and wear it.
It got to a point that my dad lost the little job he had then and at the age of 12, I had to start being the breadwinner. I would go out and fish all morning so that we could have something to eat and sell.
I could not go out, maybe to a party organized by friends if I didn’t borrow what I would wear and I had to be very careful where I wore it to so they won’t say it’s somebody else’s shirt I was wearing.
But thank God I found favour in the sight of my friends in school and the teachers. My friends would ask me to teach them what was taught because I was very intelligent and in return, they would buy food for me or give me money. It was hell growing up, but it taught me a lesson in life that it is only God that lifts a man up.”
However, it is worthy to note that Gordon’s story is one from grass to grace. He struggled to make it in life despite his humble beginnings. Today his story is different as he can talk about purchasing his Dolce and Gabana wrist watch for about $1,500 which has the ability to forecast the weather. He can also afford to buy other expensive clothes and accessories like his suits and shoes which is his brand image.
Gordon’s big break came in 2005, even though he started entertainment in 1992 while still in the university, passing through a lot of struggles and challenges. Infact, he confesses that it never occurred to him that one day he would be privileged to stand before the crème de la crème of society.
In 2005, he went to Lagos to do an album, when he finished the album, it attracted a lot of attention as a lot of people liked his songs. It was around that time that Pastor Paul Adefarasin called him to anchor the experience programme where there was an audience of about 50,000 people. It was also at the event that he was told to do comedy and the programme turned out to be an explosion as it catapulted him to stardom.
After the great performance at the church event, Gordon was invited by Opa Williams to perform at the Nite of a Thousand Laugh held in Lagos. He performed so wonderful alongside with I Go Dye, Basketmouth and Okey Bakassi.
Gordons however talks about the challenges he has experienced in his success story, he has this to say; “It is impossible to see a man who is successful that has never failed before. Sometimes, you crack a joke and you expect people to laugh, but it doesn’t turn out that way. For example I have cracked a joke about Dana airways before, and the management was very angry with me.
I have also cracked a joke about our electricity problem, and I did not know that the Minister of Mines and Power was in that meeting. He collected the microphone from my hand. It was an open embarrassment. I once cracked a joke in Port Harcourt and I was booed out of stage. When you encounter that kind of thing, you go back home and get back to work. Such things don’t really happen as much as they used to because I am a bit older in the game now. When you mature in some things, you know what to avoid.”
Gordons derives his inspiration from reading a lot. He also watches other comedians too, including foreign ones such as Steve Harvey and Chris Rock. He also prays to God who is the giver of inspiration. He organizes the Gordon’s Comedy Clinic around the country. His drive is about entertaining people and making them laugh and forget their worries.
His Advice to upcoming comedians is this; “Mediocrity is no longer allowed, just be yourself and be creative, that is all I have to tell them. If you think you want to be a comedian because the comedians you see are making money, then you are not in the right profession. Be sure that this is what you want to do and be hard working because hard work pays.”
Gordons philosophy of life is this; “The way up is down, meaning that if you want to get up, you have to be down first so you can appreciate it better when you get up”.
Gordons has been able to take his style of comedy to the public via his comedy clinic while anchoring events and other businesses he is doing. He single-handedly anchored the 11th and 12th editions of “A Nite of a Thousand Laugh” which was sponsored by Opa Williams. Gordons gets to be paid good money for his talent. Today, he lives in his own house in Lagos and in Delta state. He buys himself expensive cars, wrist watches, perfumes and can afford to take care of his family.
It can be recalled that Gordons was discovered from the popular Delta state based Gospel music comedy group known as D.C Envoy. His group exported music comedy to the campus when they got admission, even in the midst of his poverty-stricken background. And as a teenager of less than 13 years of age, the star was already a breadwinner.
Gordons has won several awards in the cause of his career including Best Standup Comedian in Nigeria at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Gordons is currently one of the richest and most influential comedian in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $1.3 million.