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How comedy found me – Basketmouth reveals on TopNaija Stories

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Some call him the most hilarious comedian in Nigeria, while others simply regard him as The Lord of The Ribs. He is one of Africa’s funniest men who has proved himself over and over again… Basketmouth’s talent has led him all the way from the tough streets of Ajegunle to comedy’s center stage. Bright Okpocha opens up to Isaac Oladipupo on finding comedy

 

Thinking back to your childhood, what was the definite major career you desired to pursue?

My memory is quite dusty, but every child’s dream including mine was to become a Doctor, Pilot, Actor, Musician etc. I know I used to live in a world of fantasy back then. At a point, I wanted to be a comedian after I watched Eddy Murphy’s Delirious. That career was what I lived with more as it wasn’t far from my reach because I was a funny lad with funny stories and the one always making people laugh.

When did you first know you were funny?

I still don’t think I’m funny because I really don’t make myself laugh as such. I just knew I was funny to people when I noticed that my gist always brought a laughter or two.


At what age did you venture into comedy professionally, and what inspired the decision?

I started professional comedy when I was 21years old. There was no decision, it just came through naturally, it was basically a case of time and opportunities.

More than just funny—you take difficult subjects and make them entertaining. What gives you the nerve to delve into the hard stuff that way?

The hard stuffs are surprisingly the funniest. They are generally too serious so no one is seeing the comedy coming, that’s why it’s a job. Aside that, I love the challenge, I love the task. It actually makes me stronger, mentally that is.

How comedy found me - Basketmouth reveals on TopNaija Stories

Aside making people laugh, do you pass any other message across whenever you crack jokes?

Obviously I do that. Every joke I crack has its moment of truth, reality and lessons behind it. I make sure there’s always an element of substance that people can relate and reflect on when similar events occurs.

You are undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s most sought after comedians. What’s been responsible for your consistent success in the industry?

I don’t consider myself successful yet because I’ve not achieved 90% of my dream; I’ve not done anything close to what I’ve dreamt about. The web and a couple of international events exposed my name and materials. My age, style, and physical appearance also made it easy. I blend into both worlds -old and young, so it made the exposure larger.

What stands you out from Nigeria’s fast increasing comedians?

Well, my kind of jokes. I’m limitless with my way of thoughts, creativity, and how spontaneous I can get. I think it might be the name as well, I try not to do what everyone is doing. I make sure I do it differently and the way I love it. I like taking risks with my jokes and my shows, I’m always ready to get it wrong and ready to loosen. The interesting part is that I also hate getting it wrong or failing.


You once tried your hands on music, why did you eventually back out?

I didn’t back out, I was experimenting. I still experiment whenever I find the time to.

Comedy or music, which is more tasking to do?

Comedy is most tasking, far more tasking than music in a way. Both demands a high level of creativity, but with music the musician can go on stage and repeat the same song for two years. A comedian can’t crack the same jokes that long. When a comedian keeps repeating a joke, people tend to react negatively to it, even when it is classic. So we always try to be fresh….well, at least some of us.

How comedy found me - Basketmouth reveals on TopNaija Stories
What inspires your jokes and how do you compose them?

I get all my jokes from my environment. I do a lot of research too. To me, every incident is a potential joke.

Tell me about your worst experience on stage?

That was three years ago, it was the first and the last by God’s grace. I was experimenting a new style of delivery and wasn’t prepared. I guess I got it wrong there. It was at an edition of rhythm unplugged.

Someone once said it is difficult for Nigerian comedians to make Americans laugh and vice versa, what’s your opinion about this?

As long as a comedian’s joke is universal and not based on culture and all that, you can make any English speaking race laugh. I’ve performed for the mainstream overseas, US, UK etc, and they laughed at my jokes, so I think it’s not difficult if you know what you’re doing.

What are you up to at the moment?

I’m working on my new show (Lords of the Ribs) and a couple of other gigs in Naija and abroad. But my most demanding project is the one I just mentioned as I’m featuring some foreign comedians.

How comedy found me - Basketmouth reveals on TopNaija Stories
Has comedy been worthwhile and fulfilling for you?

Well, I’ll say yes, but as we all are, we yet want more. I’m one of the hungry comedians I think I know, never satisfied, always on the move. But so far, it’s been great, but I yet want the greatest.

Aside comedy, what other jobs pay your bills?

I run a company called Barons World Entertainment. We provide content for companies, we also manage events as well, and it’s not been bad so far. Still looking for more clients though.

I learnt you recently bought a house on the Island. Do you like to share the joy?
Well, I’ll rather not talk about that. My mates have done bigger and better things than buying a house.

How comedy found me - Basketmouth reveals on TopNaija Stories

Basketmouth and wife, Elsie

Tell me about your weirdest experience with a lady?
I don’t consider any moment as a weird one with a lady, I call them an interesting moment, which happens often. One was a long time ago, a girl I was toasting was wearing a wig and doing the dutty wine. She was presumably tipsy as she wasn’t supposed to do that. I had to pick up the hair eventually.

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Basketmouth and family

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Yomi Black & Toke Makinwa continue their drag season, Yomi responds

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Filmmaker, Yomi Black, has replied Toke Makinwa who dragged him on her IG page over his controversial post about her.

 

Trouble started on Sunday, December 8th when Yomi Black reposted an Instagram post by Digital marketer, Soji Ogunnaike, who dared the media personality to openly show how she can afford her lifestyle.

 

Toke Makinwa found Yomi’s post distasteful and took to her IG page to drag him, sharing screenshots of his meassages to her.

The media personality disclosed that they fell out after he asked for free TM bags for a product placement on his production which she turned down. Toke who recounted feeding Yomi’s crew while on his movie set, added that he has always taken and has never given anyone.

 

Toke Makinwa wrote;

 

Excuse me while I drop my crown for 5 minutes.
Inside life…… this life is a pot of beans. Now this is a public service announcement, if I have ever supported you with my time, platform, money, and more pls don’t ever come for me. You look stupid when you try. Some of you will be all up in the DM looking for favors yet want to sound Intelligent in these SM streets. Should we really tell Nigerians how you went from licking my ass to dragging me online?

This world we live in is strange, I have messages from you like this one, I would usually look away cos you are not the first but Yomi, you ungrateful fool, I have worked with you on projects with only a promise of “i”ll pay you back when we find sponsors”, which you never did, and I let it go, I have stuck my neck out for you when stylists, designers and the likes wanted your head on a platter cos you made them work without pay, when all you had was a dream, I was willing to support you with my platform, I have fed cast and crew on your shameless sham of a set and you have the nerve to come for me????

I have receipts of how much of a loser you are but I’ll leave this one here, you asked for free TM bags for a product placement on your production which I turned down cos I’m sorry your platform does nothing for me, and I am running a business, I asked you to pay for it and you got mad, you’ve always taken but never given to anyone, who have you helped??? Who have you supported?

it’s always been the other way round, you couldn’t get a freebie and now i am your enemy? Tell me, if I’m everything you say I am, why do you want to associate yourself with me? I was such an inspiration to you in private huh???? See my people hustle oooo so you don’t go from “you’re such an inspiration” to this #MCM #yourmcmisreaching

 

Well, Yomi took to his IG page this morning to reply her. Read his response below

 

On this issue, I would like to say I understand why Toke responded the way she did.
The bloggers set a trap for her and she fell for it.
I admit I saw Soji Ogunaike’s comment on Instablog and I thought it was very interesting, especially since Soji dared her to show how she made a living.

I shared it because I really thought there was a lesson there.
In the post I made it clear that it was copied from Soji Ogunaike, but the bloggers reported the story and cropped out the credit to insight a war between Toke and I. They even made the headlines more interesting by saying I (Yomi Black) dared her to show how she earns her living.

The truth is Toke and I go way back, because of our friendship, we have done a few projects in the past. As a young entrepreneur, you have to leverage your friends when you are growing.

 

All of those projects benefited both of us in many ways, I remember at least one that benefitted us financially (a YouTube video campaign for Chicken republic in 2013). I also remember that I did a series of photoshoots for her to launch her Vlogs on YouTube.
Fast forward to 2017, I was creating a big budget Tv series #MRBADMUS, I had loads of opportunities to promote products, and naturally I thought of my friends doing well. I reach out too many of them and offered to promote their brand on the TV show for free. I reached out to Toke especially because I wanted to compensate her for some of the projects we worked on in 2013 that did not yield financially, but at that time, Toke was at the peak of attention, so I am guessing she didn’t need it.
So naturally I gave that opportunity to someone else.

 

The truth is I do love Toke and her ambition inspires me, only a few people can do what needs to be done to get the Job . I am one, so I know the scarifies.

 

Toke asked me a question that got me thinking “who have you helped?” The truth is I am a pillar of support to many people, and I do it without the cameras.

 

Finally, I will say to Toke, I do not take offense with your backlash, I understand that the bloggers are to blame, I only wished you used that opportunity to tell us how you really make a living. Especially for the young ones watching”.

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Beyonce shows off her curves to promote Adidas collaboration

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Beyonce shows off her curves to promote Adidas collaboration

Beyonce took to Instagram to flaunt her curvy behind as she announced the release date for her much anticipated Adidas x IVY Park line.

 

The pop queen who had long braids with the inscription ‘IVY Park,’ posed in a bodysuit. The   mother of three simply captioned the sexy photo: ‘IVY PARK January 18.’

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Mompha regains freedom after meeting bail

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Mompha regains freedom after meeting bail

Mompha has walked out of detention after perfecting the bail conditions handed to him by a Lagos High Court.

 

The internet celebrity who was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 14 counts bordering on fraud, money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was granted a N100m bail on Friday, November 29.

 

The Dubai-based Nigerian businessman was admitted to bail with one surety who must be a landed property owner by Justice Mohammad Liman, who ordered him to deposit his passport with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court and report at the EFCC office every fortnight to show that he has not left the country.

 

Mompha has now perfected his bail conditions as he was spotted with his friends earlier today after regaining his freedom.

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BBNaija Tacha replies celebs calling her ungrateful, “It is getting boring”

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Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate Tacha has finally replied Nollywood actress, Angela Okorie and Jaaruma, who called her out for being ungrateful.

Angela Okorie called Tacha out for her attitude to those that helped her when she was in the Big Brother house.

She accused Tacha of not showing gratitude to her, stating that she supported the housemate unconditionally while she was in the Big Brother Naija house.

Jaaruuma also reacted to Angela Okorie’s call out of Tacha, confirming Angela’s allegations against Tacha.

Tacha in response has responded on her Instagram live, saying the issue is becoming boring and people should look for new things to say about her.

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Yomi Black blasts Toke Makinwa over lavish lifestyle

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Yomi Black has challenged OAP Toke Makinwa to reveal to the world how she is can afford her lavish lifestyle.

Cardi B’s visit stirred many hearts with different reactions. The Nollywood filmmaker’s outburst is one of them, coming after the OAP blasted Nigerians over their support for Cardi B and her actions while in the country.

According to Toke Makinwa, Nigerians supported Cardi B just because she is an American celebrity, but they would rather pull down a Nigerian celebrity if they do the same.

But in his reaction which was copied, Yomi Black mentioned that Cardi B is real and she doesn’t deny being a stripper, unlike some people he knows who are motivational speakers on social media despite something questionable about them.

Yomi Black wrote:

“You see why people love someone like Cardi B? She owns her shit, just like the Kardashians. You get what you expect. She hasn’t denied being a stripper or enjoying showing her body. She doesn’t go around forming motivational speaker and quoting Bible passages on social media like some Saint.

Dear Toke, I dare you to openly show how you can afford your lifestyle. And don’t come with shit like you’re and actress or OAP because we all know how much both earn. Also don’t spew shit about endorsement deals because we are in marketing communications and know how much these deals are worth. This has got to be the most hypocritical post of 2019.”

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Cardi B reveals she misses Nigeria few days after leaving

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Cardi B reveals she misses Nigeria

American rapper, Cardi B is reminiscing on her memories Lagos with fondness and she has taken to her Instagram account to reveal that she misses Nigeria.

The Grammy award winner who had the time of her life in Nigeria and Ghana took to her IG page to reveal that she would fancy a visit back to Africa and we can only place our last cash on the fact that Nigeria will be her top destination should the opportunity to be in Africa arises again.

She posted a photo of herself in the Nigerian inspired print she wore when she was in Lagos, with the caption; Missing Nigeria.

We will definitely be glad to have her back.

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Cardi B's post

 

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Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi wins Miss Universe 2019

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South Africa’s beauty queen, Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019

The 26-year-old beauty queen beat 89 other contestants to be crowned the new Miss Universe during the pageant held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday.

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon was the second runner-up.

The final three were asked on-stage: “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?
Clad in a striking gold and silver gown, Tunzi answered: “leadership.”

Zozibini Tunzi was crowned by last year’s winner, Catriona Gray from the Philippines, who also spoke during Sunday’s pageant, saying the past year has been “unforgettable, life-changing and purposeful.”

The three-hour show was hosted by award-winning comedian, Steve Harvey alongside actress and former beauty queen Vanessa Lachey.

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AKA shades Nigerians again, “We had the World Cup, you had Cardi B”

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AKA shades Nigerians again, "We had the World Cup

South African rapper, AKA, is going head-to-head with Nigeria again as he throws a subtle shade at Nigerians on Twitter

His shade came after a Nigerian tried to mock South Africans over Cardi B’s visiting Africa and coming only to Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.

Her visit to Lagos was used as a tool to troll the light-skinned South African rapper.

He took to his Twitter account to throw the heavy shot, writing that South Africa had the World Cup and the excitement wasn’t ground-breaking, while Nigeria only had Cardi B they almost brought down the cloud.

He wrote; “We had the World Cup, You had Cardi B. There are levels.”

As expected, this tweet has generated a lot of backlash from Nigerians towards AKA and he is being currently roasted by patriotic Nigerians.

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Divine ‘INeverExperredIt’ Oduduru graduates from US university

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Divine 'Ineverexperredit' Oduduru graduates from US university

Divine Oduduru neverexperredit but it is happening to him. The Nigerian born athlete has graduated fro a Tech University in the US.

 

Oduduru who went viral on social media a few years back for his phrase ‘INeverExperredIt’ has now graduated from Texas Tech University.

While at the school, Divine Oduduru represented his school at various sporting events shared photos from his graduation and wrote,

‘:#MRINeverExperredIt is now a Graduate glory to God. I Work for it and I got it’.

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Kanye West got dressed head-to-toe in silver body paint and a baggy silver outfit to Opera, Mary, which took place at Miami Marine Stadium.

 

The rapper performed with members of the Sunday School collective, all of them also covered in silver. He also wore matching silver socks and shoes, as he arrived at his event on the final day of Art Basel.

West took to Twitter on Thursday for the first time in quite a while to promote his opera, which was directed by Nicole Beecroft. It also includes songs from West’s Sunday Service choir.

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