Britain's Got Talent comic Kojo Anim is hoping lightning strikes twice.
The funnyman, who aims to have the show’s judges splitting their sides tonight, knows he really fell on his feet when he was put into foster care as a kid.
It changed his life for the better – and now he’s hoping the show does the same three decades later.
Kojo was five when he first went to the foster home in an arrangement that was meant to last three months.
But he developed such a close bond with his foster mum, whom he calls Aunt Sandra, he stayed until he was 16.
Now 39, he says: “I don’t look at being in foster care as a bad thing. I look at it as a blessing.
“I was happy with my foster mum, so much so that when the time came to go and see my mum, it was a struggle for me – not because I didn’t like her, but because Aunt Sandra was everything I needed in a mother.
“I preferred being with my foster mum than my real mum.
“Being in foster care isn’t an excuse to not push on in life.
“Although you might not have your own parents, sometimes they might not be the best thing for you anyway.”
Kojo, who lives in London with his fiancee Tiffany, and their eight-month-old son Roman-Kingsley, has spent the last 20 years slogging away at his comedy career.
He even knows BGT judge Alesha Dixon from Mis-Teeq.
He also set up a weekly comedy club in a small wine bar, and gave American superstars Kevin Hart and Dave Chapelle their first chance to interact with UK audiences.
As a thank you, he opened for Hart’s Wembley gig in 2014 and had a crowd of 12,000 eating out of his hand. Kojo says: “They were amazing experiences – really inspiring but now’s my time to do something for myself.”
- BGT is tomorrow (Saturday) at 8pm on ITV.
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