‘I don’t mess around with loyalty,’ says Basketmouth for the first time about his feud with AY Makun.
Bright Okpocha, better known by his stage name Basketmouth, a Nigerian comedian and entertainer, has spoken out about his feud with colleague AY Makun, also known as AY.
For years, rumours have swirled about the relationship between the two comedians, who have never collaborated and are rarely seen together.
According to reports, both comedians had their own camps of comedians associated with them.
Basketmouth has now spoken out about the alleged feud, claiming that AY’messed with loyalty,’ but that he has apologized and that they are now on good terms.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu brought up the issue of ‘disunity among comedians in Nigeria’ during his Black Box Interview series on Bounce Radio. Ebuka then inquired of Basketmouth about his relationship with AY.
“I would have stayed where the competition is. I still do standup comedy, but not with as much vigour as I used to because I’m now aiming for all-around entertainment. My only competitor is myself. He stated that there is no feud between AY and himself.
“He came into my space; messed with my loyalty by saying something to my lawyer Magnus that I told him privately. It was nothing, but it was enough to cause a schism and force me to put up the walls. We made amends, and he apologized. As stated, I have no problems with AY. We don’t talk.”
The 43-year-old comedian, on the other hand, downplayed the situation, revealing that they had resolved it and moved on.
Basketmouth stated, “We made peace, and he apologized.”
Basketmouth also used the opportunity to refute rumours that he fell out with AY because he ‘stole’ comedian Bovi as a protege.
“I did not kidnap Bovi. Bovi is not a girl,” the comedian stated, adding that he met Bovi for the first time at a show in Abuja and they clicked from there.
“Bovi and I travelled to Abuja. He gave a good performance. I was completely taken aback. When he was finished, we discussed how he could improve. We’d known each other for a while, but it was the first time I saw him perform. “I didn’t know anything about the backstory,” he admitted.
“I suggested that we do business together, and we hit it off. I was already hearing claims before and after the AY squabble was resolved.
Basketmouth stated that his main concern right now is growing his audience rather than feuding with other comedians.
“My main concern is growing my audience, not feuds. How can I compel viewers to follow me religiously? I’m working on a film, a special called “The Voices In My Head” that will air next year, a TV sitcom, and another album. These are the things that concern me.”
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