Celebrity Focus: Basketmouth, Braving The Odds, From ‘Yabbing’ To ‘Comedy Central’

Braving the odds to emerge on the Nigerian entertainment scene is a feat that has been achieved by a few, breaching the odds in an equally unfriendly terrain to become an achiever that is worthy of note and applause.
Born Bright Okpocha on September 14, 1978, Basketmouth studied Sociology at the University of Benin. During his days of being an instrumentalist for his church, he discovered his skills in rap music and later diverted into that path in 1994. In 1995 with formed a group called ‘Da Psychopaths’ with some of his brother and some of his friends. The group had seven members but later split before they could even release an album or single.

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Breaking into the limelight was never easy for Basketmouth, his first attempt as standup comedy did not go as planned as he was booed off the stage. After going back to his armory to look at what brand of comedy could sell, he came back in 1999 and began to establish himself.

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He later met renowned comedian Ali Baba who invited him to Lagos to perform as opening acts for a few shows and as they say the rest is history.
Ali Baba proved to be a big influence in Basketmouth’s career as he also introduced him to Opa Williams, the producer of one of the most popular comedy shows in Nigeria, “A Nite Of A Thousand Laughs.”

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Basketmouth finally hit the big screen when he featured in international concerts that witnessed the likes of Beyonce, Wyclef Jean, Dru Hill, Akon, Snoop Dogg and many others. He also recently debuted his own comedy show- Basketmouth Uncensored, which has been a massive success since its inception.
Basketmouth recently broke records by becoming the first Nigerian to host internationally recognized comedy show ‘Comedy Central’ at Parker’s in South Africa. He has been recognized with a lot of accolades and awards. He recently hosted the 2013 NEA Awards in New York.

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At the NEAs in New York

 

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