Africa’s Most Versatile Comedian and Actor, the Tested and trusted Koffi Tha Guru, born Koffi Idowu-Nuel, is a Nigerian entertainer, comedian, writer, Director, singer, Actor, Author and content creator. Born 11th March 1977 to a Togolese Mother and Father from Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
Koffi was born in Maroko (an old slum in Lagos, where the New Oniru sits after it was demolished in 1990). He had his elementary education at Kuramo primary school V.I Lagos, with secondary education in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun state, He studied Chemistry at the University of Lagos .
He joined Theatre 15, in 1998 and trained as a stage actor, dancer, and comedy opening act. His first major television breakthrough was as a feature on the hit comedy campus sitcom “Twilight Zone” popularly referred to as “shake body” where he played the Dauda character. In 2003 he auditioned for the famous Nigerian comedy show “Night of a thousand laughs” where he got chosen as one of the four qualifiers to perform at the annual concert from a total of thirty four talents. He also delivers in his native Yoruba language, and Togolese Ewe (pronounced A_vay).
A professional compere for multinational brands and social master of ceremonies, Koffi is a deep polyglot and thorough intellectual, a cerebral comedian who delivers with finesse and class.
2006 Nigerian National Comedy Awards Best Comedian (Music)
2007 Dynamix youth Awards Comedian of the year
2008 Nigerian Music Video Awards Best use of animation (For Officer)
2008 Titbits News Awards Most friendly Comedian
2009 -Eminent Achievers Awards (News of The people) Entertainment personality of the year
2010 Rubbies Ink Project Capable Capable Youth Ambassador
2011 CEPAN Africa African Comedy Icon
2012 Exceptional Magazine Awards Award of excellence as Most creative Comedian
2013 Wed Awards Best Wedding MC of the Year
2013 National Association of Nigerian Students Award of Excellence
2013 Meister FPY Awards Award of Recognition
2013 The Nanny (Best of Nollywood Awards) Best Comic movie
2013 The Nanny(Abuja Int’l Film Festival) Most outstanding Comic Movie
He has to his credit 21 movies which includes:
Kabuki and Mungo and his recent new movies ‘Mumble Jumble’ which scored as the best hip hop thriller by any Nigerian act and features Omowunmi Dada, Seun Kentebe, Baba Dee, etc
Clown In Town (Shot In London and features Victoria Inyama, MC OJB, Emeka Smith, Mimicko etc)
A Broken Place [Featuring Seun Akindele, Mo Bimpe, Dele Odule, Nobert Young, Eric Obinna, Tina MBA etc]
The Landlady [Featuring Bukola Thomas, Dayo Davies]
Ewa Agoyin [Introducing Blessing Abiodun]
Hullabaloo [Featuring Charles Inojie, Thin Tall Tony etc]
A Rough Ride [Featuring Ijeoma Imoh, Tomiwa Sage, Audrey Joseph, Openteeth]
Ropo’s Race [Featuring Sir Shina Peters, Yemi Shodinu, Salawa Abeni, Omobaba etc]
Love You Best [Featuring Mc Abbey, Lolo, Sunny Neji etc]
Scrappy Scruppy Screp [Featuring Jude Orhorha, Openteeth, Tomiwa Sage etc]
Ajala Travels [Featuring Saka, Ajirebi, Tunji Sotimirin, Kunle Coker etc].
Something Under The Bed [2 man cast movie introducing Queenesther Tubomie]
Kiti Kiti, Church Rats, Skoochies, Lebe: Streets Of Shomolu etc
He is the author of the book ‘Beauty of the Beast: The Scars that made me a star’ which was released in 2017 to mark his 40th birthday.
He is the writer of the stage plays ‘Once upon A mad man’ produced by Bunmi Davies, and ‘The Last Molue’ produced by Yaw.
He has hosted several annual comedy shows including Bursting Loose, Out Of Control, Comedy Combo, Blunt Brutal Breathless and the monthly Comedy Night Live.
Koffi also hosts the variety show ‘Humour Hangout’ where he engages with celebrities like Mr Macaroni, Taaooma, Mike Okri, Iyabo Ojo etc Host of the most entertaining ethnic variety show ‘Awada Express’ He is the host of the TV magazine programme “Brain Behind Brands” which features the likes of former first lady of Lagos Dame Abimbola Fashola, Dr Muiz Banire (SAN). He is also the host of Funny Moments with Koffi Tha Guru (A sketch comedy series) and also ‘Giggles with Koffi Tha Guru’ He was recently on a tour of the UK with ‘Blunt.Brutal.Breathless’ tour, a mind blowing free flowing narrative on all matters with no holds barred.
Since the lockdown he has been the host of the interactive online program ‘Moment Of Solemnity’ Live on Instagram and has featured notable personalities like Dele Momodu, Alibaba, Segun Arinze, Regina Askia, Daniel Amokachi, Gbenga Adeyinka, Salawa Abeni, Eldee and over 80 other entertainers.
Koffi has 24 music albums including the new ‘Maroko’, ‘Grown Man Groove’ and soon to be released ‘Sunday Special’ Album. Others include ComFussion, AbiniBility, TRAdofunkHipSoul, Gospel Truth, Root And Roll, IJiNLe, Metamorpho, Colourborations (With over 50 artistes featuring Sir Shina Peters, Asa, M.I, Alibaba, Bovi, Sunny Neji, Paul Play, Sound Sultan, ChiGul, MC Abbey, Ras Kimono, Small Doctor, Q.Dot, Maleke, Splufikteam, Ikpa Udo, Classiq, Obadice etc.) ‘Songs Of the Soil’ which includes the pop tune ‘Just A Fan’, the thought provoking single ‘Omije’ (A wake up call to the Nigerian nation and politicians), ‘Fiesta’ featuring Ashny, ‘Nobady’ featuring Godwyn Guitar, ‘Money Good’, ‘Omije Allstars featuring Yinka Davies, Agoha, Saeed Mohammed,Demilade Adepegba, Blackah and late Linchung’ An album ‘For The Kids’, he also recently along with his music group Famous Five released new music (Bragga) and materials for their upcoming 10th anniversary and movie project Famous Five; Damage Control.
Koffi has the highest number of music videos ever by a Nigerian comedian. Koffi is the creator of the word ‘Splufik’, which expresses finesse, endearment, appreciation and\or exclamation. Koffi is a member board of directors at COSON Head of comedy sector Creative Industry Group Principal partner at First Run Ltd (Content distribution and acquisitions) Owner of the Splufik franchise and merchandise. CEO Workerman Ent and Fun Media Ltd.
He has also been at work on a new sitcom ‘Class of Kabuki’ aswell as ‘Man of the house’ produced by Allen Paul coming out soon.
He is presently working on movie projects and TV shows for the Ogelle Africa platform and the Splufikworld platform on YouTube.
He is married with 3 Kids.