That Julius ‘D Genius’ Agwu, stand up comic, actor, filmmaker and proponent of the fast evolving musi-comedy was born into a poverty-stricken family in Choba, then an obscure village in Rivers State, is no longer fodder for the media. Despite that indigent background, the comedy fireball has evolved into one of Nigeria’s most successful entertainers. But a lot of people do not know how very poor the Agwus were. His mother, then a petty trader, knows. And the memory is still very fresh. And she is telling her story, no-holds-barred, and like never before, to the world through the Supermom Celebrity Edition reality television show.
According to her, theirs was a strict Catholic family comprising two boys, three girls and a pikin as Julius fondly describes himself. The head of the family was a bricklayer and the mother had to improvise the meager earning from her petty trading with fishing and farming. Survival was tough but the resilience and steadfastness of the mother helped to see that her kids, especially the very precocious Julius, went to school. “Julius started hawking with his brothers when he was around six years old.
The early sufferings, coupled with his mother’s sacrifices when it seemed he was going astray are some of the factors that have combined to make Julius the successful entertainer that he is today. This heartfelt story, as told from the prism of the woman who bore him, would be reenacted this weekend on the Supermom show which broadcasts on Saturdays on the prime time belt of AIT Networks, Galaxy Television Networks on Sundays, MITV, Kwara TV, BSES Ekiti among other stations.
But this episode, the second this season, will not be about Julius alone. Yahooze crooner, Mr. Olu Maintain’s rise from a middle class family to a superstar singer, the early days of denial and parental disinterest in his choice of career, would also be in focus. According to him, “I sold my mom’s gold set to buy studio equipment.” The mother concurs, saying unlike other mothers that would have beaten the living daylight out of the recalcitrant kid, “I recognized, with the benefit of hindsight, the fact that he did that because of his passion and love for music. I had no choice but to encourage and support his career with the little I had.”
Conceptualised and produced by Digital Interactive Media helmed by Sola Fajobi, a renowned name in the television and entertainment industries, the Supermom Celebrity edition aims to celebrate the super stories of the mothers of superstars with the payoff line, “I am a Superstar because of my Supermom.” The show is also broadcast on several terrestrial stations across the country.