Renowned Nigerian comedian Ayo Makun, famously known as AY, has finally revealed the real reason behind his beef with fellow comedian, Basket Mouth, back in 2006. In an interview with Nigerian anchor Chudeity, AY recounted how the misunderstanding began and how it was never his intention to have a fall-out with his colleague.
According to AY, he was asked to replace Basket Mouth at a show he was supposed to anchor. AY’s performance was satisfactory, but he did not receive payment for two weeks, which was quite frustrating for him as he needed the money for his essential needs. Upon investigation, AY found out that Basket Mouth had been paid before he even performed at the event. However, when he confronted Basket Mouth about this, he denied it, and they both had a falling out.
In AY’s words, “I decided to forward the confusing messages they were giving me to themselves, and Basket Mouth told me he had nothing to do with me again.” However, AY noted that the beef was not intentional, and he was only trying to get what he was rightfully owed. “I didn’t do that because I wanted to get at Basket Mouth, but because I was hungry, I was hustling, and I needed food on the table at the time,” he said.
AY also explained how Basket Mouth used to attend multiple wedding gigs on Saturdays, and he would need someone to stand in for him at some of the events. AY was grateful for the opportunity Basket Mouth gave him to stand in for him at one of the gigs, but the payment issue caused a rift between them.
“It was very funny to now hear from them that the full payment had been made long before the event. I forwarded their message to one another. So they now started fighting and all of that,” AY said.
However, during a Black Box interview with media personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu in 2021, Basket Mouth had noted that he fell out with AY because he messed with loyalty.
AY’s revelation has shed more light on what really happened between the two comedians and has put to rest any lingering doubts about their beef. It also serves as a reminder to always settle issues amicably and avoid letting misunderstandings escalate into bigger problems.