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Basketmouth speaks on rift with Ayo Makun

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Bright Okpocha better known as Basketmouth, Nigeria Comedian, says the rift between him and fellow comedian, Ayo Makun has been resolved.

Basketmouth stated this in the second part of his ‘Black Box Interview’ with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, TV host, where he spoke about what transpired between him and Ayo Makun.

He said “I’m not competitive. I did 23 years years of comedy first. Towards the end, I started moving away. After comedy, I decided I was going to do TV, then online. Doing online, the opportunity for music came, so I did it.

“I left the online sitcom and went into music fully. From music, I’ll now go into movies, with my first film to come in November 2021. From there, I’ll go back to standup comedy. If I had a competition, I won’t be moving!

“I’d have stayed where the competition is. I still do standup comedy but not with great energy because I’m targeting all round entertainment now. My competition is me. There’s nothing [like a feud] between AY and I.

“He 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.”

Denying sayings that he snatched Bovi away from AY, he continued “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 I 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. These things only linger. But I hope AY considers me a friend. When the rift happened, I told him.

“He had invited me to his show once. The first one he did, I couldn’t attend although I was meant to perform. But I heard that the fact that I didn’t perform hurt him. He didn’t tell me, so I don’t know. I couldn’t ask him too.

“That I didn’t invite you for my gigs doesn’t mean anything because there are many others I didn’t invite. Because we don’t work together, there are certain things I could miss. Work gets in the way. You have oversights and stuff.

“I respect AY’s hustle and support it like everyone’s. But that’s it. There is this friend of mine I grew up with like a brother. He messed up. You can’t get that relationship back because I just can’t trust you that way again.”

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