‘AY Has Never Been My Friend’ – Basketmouth Breaks Silence

Bright Okpocha, aka Basketmouth, has stated that his colleague Ayo Makun, aka AY, is not and has never been his friend.

In response to AY’s claim that he was turned back at Basketmouth’s wedding, he made this statement on The Honest Bunch Podcast.

When AY went to Basketmouth’s wedding, his wife Mabel Makun’s name was on the guest list, but his name was not, so he and his wife went home.

Basketmouth responded by saying that AY is not his friend and thus was not invited to his wedding. Basketmouth went on to say that neither AY nor his wife had been invited to his wedding.

Basketmouth said: “Just to set the record straight, number one, AY is not my friend. We have never been friends. I’ve never visited his house. I’ve never personally invited him to my house. I never ever call him one day say, ‘O boy where you dey make we hang out.’ ”

Remember that AY and Basketmouth have been feuding for 17 years, dating back to a 2006 incident.

Basketmouth revealed in a 2021 Black Box interview with media personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu that he fell out with AY because he messed with loyalty.

Then, in an interview with Chude Jideonwo, AY revealed what sparked their feud.

AY said: “In 2006, Basketmouth usually had multiple wedding gigs on Saturdays’. So what he used to do at that point in time was to attend one, and at a point, leave the venue to catch up in the other venue, and then he will need someone else to stand in for him. That was the opportunity one got, of which I’m very appreciative of till date.

“Now, One of the gigs that I got his endorsement to go stand in. Usually, what we get at that time is N30,000 and 30,000 at that time was everything to me. I got this job, and the people weren’t too happy to see me because they were expecting Basketmouth to come, but the guy was later happy after my performance. There was an exchange of contacts. Then I left.

“Two weeks later, I haven’t seen 30k. Because I didn’t see the 30k, and I was starving, I decided to ask for 30K, and he said this person hasn’t remitted, this person hasn’t paid, And then i was like, but this person said he was impressed and happy? Me, I don’t care if you give Basketmouth 100k for the job, but my 30k is my 30k.

“It was very funny to now heard 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. 1 didn’t do that because I wanted to get at Basketmouth. But because I was hungry, I was hustling and I needed food on the table at the time.”

According to AY, after the 2006 incident, he attempted to attend Basketmouth’s wedding but wasn’t permitted into the venue.

He said: “When we arrived, my wife’s name was on the guest list, but my own was noticeably missing. I was looking at my wife, my wife was looking at me, and she said, let’s be going home since you are not qualified to enter.”

He further disclosed that he got kicked out of events because Basketmouth was in attendance.

He said: “It’s so bad that my name will be removed from an event sometimes. Basket will be at an event. Maybe AY is on the bill, and he won’t introduce me if he’s the MC. I will just go and pick up my mic on the floor and go and do my thing. But I never gave up. Every opportunity, maybe the wife gives birth, I would go with my wife, or maybe something is going on. I kept doing everything.

“One day, Basket was in the club with a glass of drink, so I walked up to him. I said: Bright Okpocha (He’s my senior colleague but my junior in real), how far my guy. As you can see, God has blessed us. You have a house in Lekki, I have a house. You have a child. I have a child. This thing that happened in 2006 guy drop am.

“And my dear colleague looked at me eyeball to eyeball and said, I’m a beast. I don’t forgive.”

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