Nigerian comedian and entertainer, Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basketmouth has opened up on the rift with his colleague, Ayodeji Richard Makun, popularly known as AY.
For years, there have been speculations about rift between the two comedians who have never worked together and are hardly seen together.
However, Basketmouth has now cleared the air on the ‘situation’ around the alleged beef.
Making the clarification at Ebuka Obi-Uchendu’s Black Box Interview series on Bounce Radio, Basketmouth stated that the reason for the constraint in the relationship between himself and AY is that AY ‘messed with loyalty’, but noted that he has apologized and they are now cool.
According to Basketmouth when asked to speak on the issue of ‘disunity’ amongst comedians in Nigeria, and further asked to comment on his relationship with AY, he said:
“I’d have stayed where the competition is. I still do standup comedy but not with great energy because I’m targeting all-around entertainment now. My competition is me. There’s nothing [like a feud] between AY and I”.
“He (AY) came in my space; messed with loyalty by saying something to my lawyer Magnus that I told him in private. It was nothing but it was enough to cause a rift and have me put up the walls. We made peace and he apologised. I have no single problem with AY as claimed. We don’t talk.
“We made peace and he apologised.” Basketmouth said.
He also dismissed rumors of them experiencing contraint in their relationship because he ‘stole’ comedian Bovi from AY as a protege.
“I did not snatch Bovi. Bovi is not a girl,” the comedian said stating that he met Bovi in Abuja at a show for the first time and they connected from that point.
“Bovi and I went to Abuja. He performed. I was blown away. When he was done, we talked about what he could do better. We’d been friends but that was the first l saw him perform. I didn’t know any background story,
“I proposed that we do business together and we clicked. I was already hearing claims before and after the settled rift with AY.” he said.