GHS 2,000 may be a respectable remuneration for some artists, but for Ghanaian comedian Richmond Amoako, better known by his stage name Lawyer Nti, that sum is a smack in the face.
Lawyer Nti revealed his unwillingness to accept poor remuneration for comedy events in an interview with Obidumbie Adu Kumi on Asempa 94.7FM’s Showbiz review, highlighting the fact that he takes his profession seriously and approaches comedy like a business.
He claims that many comedians don’t respect their work, which lowers their marketability.
He admitted that he would decline offers of GHS 1,000 or GHS 2,000 for a performance if his out-of-pocket costs, including as travel and clothes, were more. He would prefer not to perform and would rather stay home and relax than take such cheap fees.
“Errm… I am not sure I have gotten anything like that because I am one of those people who will not accept anything that will make me suffer. I would rather sleep than come to your show and take maybe 1,000 or 2,000 considering my transport and costumes cost more than that. I will not do it. I will rather sleep and know I didn’t eat for one week,” Lawyer Nti stated.
Nti, a lawyer, thinks that comedians must defend themselves and not allow others to use their gifts.
When asked if he ever had issues with clients over his charge, he responded that once he sets his pricing, he doesn’t give a damn what the customer thinks or what they may think of him.
The “Kejetia vs. Makola lawyer” is a self-valued individual who doesn’t want to be treated like a joke just because he is funny.
He commended Clemento Suarez, a fellow comic, for leading the movement of comics standing up for themselves and requesting fair treatment.
He said that in order for comedians to be respected and taken seriously as professionals in the entertainment industry, there has to be a mental shift.