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BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: Stepping Up To Greater Heights! Nigeria’s Top Comedian Bright “Basketmouth” Okpocha takes African Comedy to the World Stage | Dishes on Family, Success & More

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As one of Nigeria’s most celebrated comedians, it came as no surprise when I heard the news that BrightBasketmouthOkpocha was going to be the first Nigerian to host the prestigious comedy gig and TV show Comedy Central Presents… Live at Parker’s in South Africa this year. He has an impressive profile, both home and internationally, and has risen to become one of Nigeria’s biggest names in the comedy industry.

He started off his career in entertainment as a rapper while studying at the University of Benin, and stumbled upon comedy by accident when he and his rap group went to perform at a school. “I thought it was a normal thing for people to be funny because most of my friends around me then were funny,” he said. Although his first attempt wasn’t categorized as standup comedy; it was called “wording” in other words “yabbing”, it opened the doors to his comedy career. His big break came in 2001 when he met the renowed comedian, Ali Baba, who invited him down to Lagos.

Basketmouth is one of Nigeria’s most sought after event hosts. He has succesfully staged several comedy shows including ‘Basketmouth Uncensored’, ‘Lord Of The Ribs’ and ‘African Kings of Comedy’.

I didn’t know what to expect from my interview with him. It was my first interview with a comedian and naturally, I was excited. Would he just be straight faced, or would he  he infuse jokes into his replies? He ended up being a mix of the two. Serious, when he needed to be serious and funny when he wanted to be. I definitely had a good laugh with him.

Comedy Central
In a few weeks from now, you would be the first Nigerian comedian hosting Comedy Central Presents… in South Africa. How do you feel about it?
I’m excited, it’s like a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to do something that big. I never knew it was going to come this soon and I’m happy about it.

You’d be entertaining a large number of people, on a wider platform than the Nigerian audience. How are you going to pass across your jokes to people from other cultures?
When I perform outside Nigeria, my material is universal which is the why I was called to do this gig. They saw me perform somewhere and liked what I did which was purely universal. I don’t have any problem communicating with people of mixed race. The jokes are not only based on culture but also on the power of communication. As long as you’re funny and people understand you, you’re good to go.

Some comedians have been criticized for repeating their jokes too often. Do you repeat jokes?
It’s impossible for any comedian not to repeat a joke. Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, they all repeat jokes. I’ve seen them do it. Because Comedy Central is a new platform, I will try as much as possible to stay fresh. I’d just like to tell anybody reading that there is no comedian that does not repeat jokes. It’s impossible, never done.

Trending Stories about Basketmouth
There is a video currently going viral on a joke you cracked about President Goodluck Jonathan but some people seem not to like it. What was the motive behind that joke?
The motive behind the joke is a joke. I was paid to make people laugh. If yabbing Goodluck was the only way they would laugh, I’ll yab Goodluck. I’ve been paid, I’ve said the joke, keep crying!

After the DANA Airways crash, you were one of the celebrities that went on their re-launch flight. This implies to many Nigerians that you endorse the airline even though a lot of people are still grieving their loved ones and this has directed some negative comments towards you.
DANA Airline endorsed me three years ago as their brand face. This was close to two years before the plane crash. If after all they went through, they got back their license and asked me as the brand face of DANA to be part of the re-launch flight and I said I cannot do it, what is loyalty? If I’m going to support anything, it has to be from the beginning to the end. With all due respect to the people who lost their family and friends, a plane crash is inevitable. When Air France crashed, they didn’t sieze their license, Nigerians didn’t stop flying Air France. After DANA crashed, a plane also crashed in Russia. But people just show bitterness. Anybody can be in his or her home and say whatever he or she feels like. I’m not prophesying death but accidents are inevitable and we just have to thank God for the life we have. My deepest heartfelt condolences goes to the families of the departed.

Probably these people making such comments have lost their loved ones on that flight and are angry with you for taking sides with DANA.
It’s a lie, trust me. I understand Nigerians, I understand people in general; I read Psychology. There are some people that are naturally bitter and Linda Ikeji has given them an opportunity to express their bitterness. And trust me, there is nothing I would do that you would not see three or four bad comments on. If you hear that a plane wanted to crash and Basketmouth got out of his seat, went to the cockpit, pulled the pilot out and landed the plane like Denzel Washington, people would say why him do am, na only him dey the plane?. But I love the fact that they talk. It makes me know that I’m doing something right.

But you can’t narrow down the people that post such comments to readers of Linda’s Blog.
Nigeriafilms.com and Lindaikeji.blogspot.com are the hub of haters, the chief haters.

You also trend on Twitter often and sometimes, I find such hateful comments directed at you.
I’m on Twitter because it’s the only way my fans out there reach out to me. But sometimes, you just see some negative stories that kills your spirit and that’s the reason why sometimes I don’t like reading comments. It’s depressing. I have blocked over 3000 people on Twitter so just in case you can’t get access to me, know that you’ve said something negative to me before. It’s not all about fighting and insults, let us love each other. The beef is just too much, and I don’t really eat beef too much I prefer fish.

Still talking about some buzzing topics, I read somewhere that you recently purchased a car that costs N10 million. Is that true?
About the price, I’m not even going to admit to that one.

How much did it cost?
I can’t even say it. I didn’t go out of my way to get a custom made car. I was in Belgium visiting my friend and we went to a car shop where I saw it and I loved it. When I said I wanted to buy it, they told me they had to build it. They took me to their computer and told me I could design it as I wanted it. So they built everything from scratch and it took them about three months to deliver the car. Fortunately or unfortunately, I’m the only person that has ordered the car from this region.

This region meaning the whole of Africa?
Yes, but it’s not my fault. I did not go and look for a car that is the only car in Africa.

What is happening to your music career?
I’m still working on it, I’m not done with music yet. I’m going to be releasing an album this year.

Growing Up, Marriage & Family
You crack a lot of jokes about your growing up years. What kind of childhood did you have? Was it rosy or was it that hard?
I won’t really say it was rosy but most of what I say about myself on stage is totally different from how I really grew up. I’m not from a poor family, let me correct that. But I had to lie in my jokes so it can be sweet. Yes I was born in Ajegunle, yes I suffered, yes I went through life but my Dad did everything possible to make sure that we lived a comfortable life. He provided everything, three square meals all the way. What I say on stage are all jokes. People would rather laugh at me than laugh at themselves that was why I used myself as a point of contact and made it worse so it can be funny. And I don’t see why the people that commented on what I said about Goodluck have not commented on what I said about my father.

Now that you are a father, what kind of upbringing are your children having?
Luckily for them, they were born as ajebutters so they are getting all the things they deserve. I’m giving them the best of education and the best of my time. I try as much as possible to make sure they are happy and get the best of everything.  They are what I live for. I need to be alive for them, I need to be healthy for them, I need to work hard for them. Trust me, I didn’t use to work this hard. When I was a bachelor, all I needed to do was just one show and I am OK for a month. They are making me put more into my career which I love.

How did you spend the last Valentine’s day?
My wife was in Lagos while I was doing a show in Manchester. I don’t celebrate Valentine. As far as I’m concerned, I celebrated Valentine yesterday, I’m going to be celebrating it again today and tomorrow. I celebrate Valentine with my wife every day.

Awww, that’s so sweet. How long have you known your wife and how did you meet her?
I’ve known her for about 10 years. When I met her the first time, she was doing shakara and when a girl does shakara for me, I love it. That is when I will even get more interested in her. She gave me a fake number and when I called, a guy picked up the phone and insulted me, and told me to never call him again. So I decided to go back to where I met her and went to the same spot for three nights until I saw her again and she gave me the right number. When I called her, she started giving me attitude. Out of anger one day when we were talking, I cut the call, deleted her number, cleared the call log and I now started looking for the number again (laughs). Then one day I bumped into her when her school was having a party. We started talking and that is how it began. She suffered me oh, so as her punishment, she must give me 8 children. But I love her so much and that is all that matters.

You don’t step out with your wife very often to public events. Why is that so?
The first day I did red carpet with my wife, they insulted her dress. I know she was looking good but people will always get angry at her, saying why she go fine like dat?. I am used to it but I don’t want her to get exposed to stuff like that so that is the last time you’re going to see her or me on the red carpet.

Tell me about your relationship with Bovi. You’re often seen together and you guys make quite a good team.
I’ve known Bovi for a while and we struck a relationship. I love his mind. He is a very brilliant person and I like what he is doing. Bovi is unarguably one of the best comedians. Apart from the fact that we are colleagues, we are very good friends. We’ve never had an argument before which is scary.

Career Growth
Looking back at the period you started off as a comedian when the comedy industry wasn’t this big, what kept you going in the midst of many challenges?
I’m still hustling but when I just started, what kept me going was the passion. I knew I could do it and I kept pushing. There was one day Alibaba came to perform in my school and I went to meet him backstage and told him I was a comedian. When I performed, Alibaba gave me a standing ovation and when he stood up, everybody stood up. After that he gave me his card and told me to come to Lagos so we could work together. Up until that time, it was the passion that kept me going and the thing about me is when I’m out for something, I never give up.

In those early years, what was the first big break you had and how much did you make from that job?
The first big money I got was N30,000. It was Tony Tetuila that hooked me up with that gig. We went to do a show for one of the directors of Shell. They didn’t know me but Tony vouched for me. Then they told me to bring an invoice for my payment, I didn’t have one so I went to a friend of mine and he drafted one for me and they paid me cash.

How did you spend the money?
I gave my mum N20,000 and I kept N10,000. Out of my N10,000, I went to the railway line at Tejuosho market and bought Okrika clothes with N2,000. Then I went to Lagos Island and bought a suit for N1,500. Men, I was hot!

With all that you’ve passed through, would you say you have achieved success?
No, I’ve not succeeded, I’ve not even started. The way I look at wealth is I’m going to say that I’m rich the day I’m sleeping and still making money. Right now, I have to hold a microphone and crack jokes to make money. Unlike someone like Mike Adenuga, since the time I started talking till now, he would have made N10million.

You’ve organized several comedy shows, from ‘Basketmouth Uncensored’, to ‘African Kings of Comedy’ and others. What should we be expecting from you this year?
‘Basketmouth Uncensored’ has been kept in the coffers for four years because I got bored. I had to do something else so I came out with ‘Lord Of The Ribs’ and ‘African Kings of Comedy’ and I’m also bored with those ones as well so I’m bringing new ones. I get bored easily and I like creating new stuff. Right now I want to go back to ‘Basketmouth Uncensored’ because I’m missing it so this year I’m hosting it in June.

 It was great chatting with Basketmouth and from BellaNaija.com, we wish him the very best!

Basketmouth’s joke on President Goodluck Jonathan’s achievements

Comedy Skit featuring Basketmouth and Bovi

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

57 Comments

  1. temisan

    March 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Very interesting interview. Basketmouth is a very talented comedian and deserves any international platform he is getting now. I can’t wait to watch him on Comedy Centraal. And that picture of him with his wife and kids is sooo adorable.

    • Purpleicious Babe

      March 16, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      I thought it was too.

      I like him and I like his personality.

      I think the joke on President GJ wasn’t @ all bad, in fact it was alright. First time hearing it and I was expecting something outrageous but it was decent. Besides, we all know comedian exaggerates..

      Most comedians take the micky out of anything and in the UK, kia the prime ministers/MP’s/Celebraties have it baddddd. I think that the joy of this is that he isn’t attacking anyone personally (knowing that naiaj can sabi YAB).

      Nice interview.. awww about what was said re: wife, pls let it go and show her off often. xxx

      Nice family pic. More grease to your elbow and inspiring and contributing to your community is also well encouraged by myself.Kudos with everything.

      http://lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Purpleicious Babe

      March 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      I thought it was too.
      However, Re: Dana Air Flight…
      I didn’t appreciate the response either, had to quickly renew my mind. I think in hindsight, saying little is best but I suppose he felt he was being real but we gotta be sensitive o. Realness in some cases esp death does call for being sensitive. Pls next time, say less.

      http://lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. Chyke

    March 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

    From all I have read, I sincerely will agree on the most part which is d answer he gave to that number 7 question. Linda Ikeji’s blog n nigeriafilms.com are d most abus!ve sites especially Linda Ikeji’s blog. D last thing Linda can eva do is to edit a comment. Yes am part of th0se sites but dat doesn’t mean I should throw honesty into d river. Peeps on nfc knows me too well, I have been part of BN for long just dat I recently started using d same id I use on nfc here. Bellenaija rocks. Nice interview u always conduct too.

    • Sandra

      March 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      I am pretty sure you are one of the commenters on LIB that he is referring to. You are the same one that comes on BN calling Annie Idibia : bicycle mouth, worwor face and pointed mouth; Oge Okoye: Ugly; and calling other people mgbekes. All of a sudden you are trying to act all self righteous and good here.

  3. Not Pleased

    March 16, 2013 at 11:53 am

    love him..keep going hun…. first

  4. Omamofe Ugboma

    March 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Sounds so much like the kind of interview i would grant. A little stint arrogance and being cheeky. Btw Mr Bright Okpocha, you just admitted to visiting Linda ikeji’s blog and also Nigeria films.com

  5. Gbeborun

    March 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Oh wow he has the cutest family, love BM

  6. Tesonma

    March 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Respect to Basket Mouth. Sorry about your wife incident. Protect
    her from the public eye. So not worth it!

  7. NNENNE

    March 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    BN rocks! Nice interview.

  8. ms sexy

    March 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    his kids are cute thats all i have to say

  9. Lonpe

    March 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Does he have a PR team??His response to the Dana airline issue was just insensitive. Couldnt he have worded it better?Throwing around words like “hater, bitterness” was just unprofessional.If Nigerians were such haters, would his career have picked up?would his shows sell out, would he be where he is today?What an a** hole! Money absolutely corrupts. Planes crash everywhere and ever moron knows that. The issue with Dana was that the crash could have been avoided.People died because of greed, that plane flew even though the management knew it was faulty.At the time they relaunched, Dana hadnt even compensated all the families..Goodluck to Bright sa.I just hope he wont have to eat his words!

    • Lonpe

      March 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      “Planes crash everywhere, and every moron knows that.”

  10. ZM

    March 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I love Basket Mouth! nice interview
    uberchicmichi.com

  11. osezy

    March 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Interesting Interview.

    osezy.blogspot.com

  12. Nikki

    March 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    My favourite Nigerian comedian…and his family is beautifullllllll! God bless them!

  13. ay

    March 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Nice interview!

  14. Austin Uche

    March 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    am an ardent reader of Linda Ikeji’s blog and wat basket said is very very true.. But the worst has to be dat Nigerianfilms.com esppecially wen its a story abt Genevieve and Omotola.. Its so irritating and annoying down there… Anyways, i’v always loved basket(NO Homo) and i wish him well in everything he embarks upon.

  15. Iniobong Ekanem

    March 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    God wil continue 2 bless de wrks of ur hands.ur kids n wifee luks gud n u urself nt luking bad at al

  16. Stella Kashmoney

    March 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Lovely interview. He is so talented.

  17. Na wa

    March 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    @chyke..that’s why you should not bring that attitude from Linda’s blog to BN cos you comment on Charles novia’s article was just too rude.

    • moi

      March 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Bam!

  18. Naija talk

    March 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Eyah… he seems like a really sensitive guy, which I find that most comedians are anyway. Good decision to keep your wife away from the public eye.

  19. nimi

    March 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    at the end of the day, Linda ikeji’s blog as well other blogs, have people saying shit. Its not just her own blog. r u telling me people who visit linda’s blog dnt visit others?
    Just that the BN probably keep such comments out of their comment section..

    Even Linda’s sister was insulted when she made a post about her sisters ‘fashion line’..

    So as Beyonce said, if u dnt wanna get hurt, dnt read the comments, just read the article. U my friend, signed up for this whether u like it or not.

  20. i no send

    March 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    tho i think that the comment on dana crash was insensitive i respect the fact that you have decided to shield your family from all this cyber aggression…hope AY and 2 face take a cue from this

  21. iamfascinating

    March 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I love Basketmouth. God bless you and your lovely family!

  22. taiwo

    March 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Pls be done with ur music career lol!#JK

  23. lele

    March 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I just found out about Lindas blog this year…and this is one of the reasons i say Nigerian Celebrities want fame but are weak..A nigerian celebrity wants all praises and good things about them ithout anyform of critic or what not ..it comes with the territory sorry to say…i read a lot of blogs just to keep up with news and when im bored…..nairaland, vanguard, ladunliadi, etc or even the Western blogs are probably the worst even….have you read Dailymail?, TMZ? and so on..the way they talk you would be wondering how come the celebrities are so rich since people insult them a lot….unlike us they know it comes with the territory, if not the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce or even Adele being referred as Fat pig and so on they would have committed suicide by now….yes its not easy …personally I cant stand some of the comments on the blogosphere thats why I intend to prefer BN most times …BUT our Nigerian celebrities need to stop being personal stop reading about you if you cant stand it…..ive said it the mistake Linda made is using her real name as her ID..if not people wnt be critizing her much ………oh well

    @Chyke..lool at you hypocrite by your logic what do you call your bella naija comments?

    I like Basketmouth one of my favourites but he came off a bit arrogant in this interview especially the Dana question

    • Purpleicious Babe

      March 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      I thought it was too.
      Re: Dana Air Flight…
      I didn’t appreciate the response either, had to quickly renew my mind. I think in hindsight, saying little is best but I suppose he felt he was being real but we gotta be sensitive o. Realness in some cases esp death does call for being sensitive. Pls next time, say less.

      lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

  24. Sandra

    March 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I liked the interview overall, however I felt the statement about Dana crash was kind of insensitive in a way. Maybe a better choice of words next time. Good thing you are shielding your family from the hate-ration and cyber-bullying that floats around the internet these days. Still my no 1 Naija comedian.

  25. Neni Stone

    March 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  26. Joyce

    March 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Its difficult reading dis stuffs here cus of the neww theme.pls put a better1 or the old one.Thanks

  27. g'blast da bornstar

    March 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    9ice 1,dis da first time i’m reading bn,i love dis interview

  28. Nma

    March 16, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Looooove Basketmouth! Best comedian ever! I love how humble he is…unlike the other one on twitter always bragging up and down.

    Its nice to see him come from humble beginnings to where he is now! No where else to go but up!

  29. Eve

    March 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Anytime anyday, I love BN. Linda’s blog is just filled with bitterness and lots of hatred. We are all human and no matter how we think the insults doesn’t get to them, it does cos there will be someeone who knows someone that read linda’s blog. Constructive criticism that’s what BN portrays.

  30. Ruth

    March 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    basket is awesome!

  31. Salewa

    March 17, 2013 at 2:44 am

    I think it’s high time bloggers start deleting hateful and abusive comments.
    I appreciate Bella Naija for one thing, they usually rip their posts off overly abusive comments and I think that is the way it should be.
    As a frequent visitor to Linda’s blog I have must admit her comments are very irritating and on the other hands… some blogs like NaijaGists.com never approve my comments… Just though some of them are overly serious on comment content…
    Linda and Nigeriafilm should please moderate their comment.
    Basketmouth has never talked this way before but this time around he is vexing.

  32. laff syrup

    March 17, 2013 at 7:36 am

    i love basketmouth and i always look up to him as a role model

  33. lola

    March 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

    nigerians are all the same.any blog with only nice comments have had the nasty comments edited out..

  34. lola

    March 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

    basket mouth’s comment about dana airlines was selfish and insensitive.so if his wife and kids or parents had died on that plane due to negligance,he wuld av still bin ‘loyal’?

  35. Say What?

    March 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I have long felt that Basketmouth lost his comedic touch long ago. He is a fantastic businessman selling himself but he is not funny and neither is he creative. I think he knows it too. I expect him to hire some writers very soon to help with jokes and his delivery of them

  36. prefer fashion to xes!

    March 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I’m not particularly a fan of Linda ikeji blog,but honestly those so called bitter comments is what make the whole thing interesting,It boring really reading all those praise,praise comments…She recently put her recent post on her past modelling pictures,she got a whole lot of bash,and those comment were not censors,I think she is a honest person….I’m particularly a huge fan of one the most mean person,called “Bille jean”though I don’t comment! Peace,I luv BN blog sha,because of fashion pix

  37. DocDeola

    March 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    The Dana response made for uncomfortable reading….as a Dana representative, you should have expected this type of question and asked your PR to help you prepare a response.
    Perhaps something like this…..as I have to feed my family/and they were paying me a lot I did not question the morals of the deed….or I am sorry for the tragic loss of lives in the Dana aircrash, as a representative of DANA, I decided to board the relaunch flight as I have been assured that they will from now henceforth strive to provide the safest flights and ethical approach to managing their businesses. This was the ethos I was subscribing to when I boarded the relaunch flight.
    I don’t want your money, just remember karma.

    • Idak

      March 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Enough of these Karma scare tales. Accidents happen and i have had a good thought about this Dana crash, do you think the pilot will fly a plane he knew was faulty or the engineers will willingly put their colleagues in harm’s way?
      What we need is to keep the authorities on their toes so that live will be sacrosanct in every industry and sphere. We should stop scaring people with the assumed fear of karma.
      God, who is the comforter of broken hearts will not abandon the families affected by Dana crash and similar other accidents (not just in the air but also on the roads of our country).
      Whatever Basket says about his association with Dana,men will still talk.

  38. Anuli

    March 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    lots f love and respect for basket mouth. Accidents are inevitable, and licenses shouldnt be revoked just because a plane crash occurs, but because it has been proven that an airline was reckless. Just far would your ‘loyalty’ stretch if your wife and children had been on that ill-fated flight?

  39. Idak

    March 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Basket is madly talented and i am glad his hustle is paying off. More blessings.
    On the LIB issue, i am surprised that Basket is complaining the way he is. I do not see any excessive hateful comments on that site. Nothing beyond the ordinary. Our celebs are so quick to hug the limelight and inundate us with senseless pics in the name of photo shoots and vblogs and price tag to every vain item they possess, yet when folks air their views and it is not to their taste, they start complaining. Now he is parroting about the car in question,when they start commenting on it,he will start complaining. You just can’t have it both ways. Grow some thick skin,you feeble celebs.

  40. D Fairy GodSister

    March 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Didn’t appreciate his response on the Dana question. There’s a thin line between confidence which ran through the most part of the interview, and insensitivity (read as foolishness) that attended that his ‘loyalty’ answer.

  41. Anonymous

    March 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Car crashes are inevitable especially when you know the engine is faulty the tires are almost dead etc. But what do u do? drive it anyway?I don’t think so.

  42. Madam the Madam

    March 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I think that his response to the Dana crash was just beyond insensitive and it it really put me off the rest of the interview. Very crass and tactless, sir. Next time, do better.

    As for the Linda Ikeji comments, yeah yeah whatever. Not every blog can promote peace and happiness like BN. I think that if Linda starts moderating comments, then her blog loses it’s touch. Also, she is equal opportunity and approves hateful comments from people who bash her personally. Like she once stated during an interview, she doesn’t approve scandalous comments, but if someone says “Chioma is ugly”, she will approve that because in her opinion, that doesn’t make or break a person. So Mr. Basketmouth should free her. All na hustle.

    • Ready

      March 18, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Agreed. I like Basket, I really do but his responses got to a point where it just didn’t sit well with me.
      And the wife comment, okay Basketmouth, you can say funny but crass things about women but people talk about your wife’s dress one time and it’s a wrap? Okay.

  43. Abimbola Dare

    March 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    “With all due respect to the people who lost their family and friends, a plane crash is inevitable.”- Now, that hurt. The crash is still so raw, families have not even been able to grasp the loss of their loved ones. I get what he’s trying to say, but like someone said, re-wording is necessary. There are people who lost an entire family on that crash, which from what I’ve read, could have been prevented!!

  44. sylvia

    March 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

    my best african comedian

  45. Priscy

    March 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I love Basket Mouth..but I don’t like hs response towards the Dana Crash. Also Please leave Linda Ikeji ooo…some comments are actually criticism which celebrities mistake for hateful comments. plus I think as a celebrity, u should have a thick skin to live with all that comes with it.

  46. YVONNE

    March 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    BN and LIB my fav spots

  47. Miss Pepeye

    March 20, 2013 at 8:04 am

    If he feels comfortable using others as fodder for his jokes, then why does he feel offended at others taking a swipe at his wife’s dress. Basketmouth, its called “What’s good for the goose
    is good for……” 🙂

  48. Vincent

    May 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Basket mouth’s mouth is basket

  49. Paradiseng

    April 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Oh boi! see this guy head…. Basket mou….

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