Popular renowned award-winning Nigerian comedian Bright Okpocha more popularly recognized by his stage name Basketmouth finally opens up about his alleged rift with another comedy great and movie producer AY Makun.
Basketmouth revealed during an interview Ebuka’s Obi-Uchendu’s Black Box Interview series on Bounce Radio, the reason for his fall out with his industry colleague AY Makun, saying he came into his space and messed around with loyalty which is something he is really big on. Bright also clarified further on his relationship with Bovi and dislodging the notion that he stole AY Makun’s mentee, Bovi from him.
During the 2-hours conversation, he also spoke about the disaccord amongst Nigerian comedians, and the cliques in the industry. Ebuka brought up the alleged comedy beef with AY during the conversation, and Basketmouth revealed that he fell out with his fellow comedian because he messed with loyalty.
“I don’t mess around with loyalty. He came into my space and messed around with loyalty,” the comedian said about his issue with AY.
“He said something that he wasn’t supposed to say. That was going to cause a rift between me and this person.
“It was Magmus (Umeri), my lawyer. I said something to AY, and he told Magmus, and he wasn’t supposed to say it.”
The 43-year-old comedian, however, played down the situation and revealed that they have settled it and moved on.
“We made peace and he apologised,” Basketmouth said but also clarified that although he and AY are not friends but remain cordial.
Also, in the interview, Basketmouth played down the speculation that he fell out with AY because he took his former mentee Bovi from him.
“I did not snatch Bovi. Bovi is not a girl,” the comedian said before narrating that he met Bovi for the first time at a comedy event in Abuja, and from there, they became friends.
Basketmouth, however, seemed to throw a shade at AY with a story about a boy who lost his girlfriend to his neighbor but later clarified he wasn’t talking about the Bovi and AY.
He and Bovi were inseparable at some point, always hanging out together and collaborating on several projects.
It hasn’t been like that in recent years, prompting speculations that they have fallen out.
“Hustle, everybody is hustling; Bovi stepped into a new world. He is busy, and he does not have my time. Me, I’m hustling,” Basketmouth said.
Basketmouth also revealed he has a special coming in 2022 titled ‘The Voices in my Head’