In a twist of events, Nigerian comedian, Bovi Ugboma aka Bovi, has waded into the 2004 clash between colleagues Bright Okpocha aka Basketmouth and Ayo Makun popularly known as AY.
Recall that in a recent interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, AY revealed that it was N30,000 that tore his friendship apart with Basketmouth.
During the interview, AY said: “Now, something funny happened, one of the gigs per se, I got his endorsement to go stand in for him. Usually, what we get that time is N30,000, and that amount of money was everything to me. It would buy me my pack of noodles, recharge card, fuel for my car and generator.
“I would also avail myself of the opportunity to pay one or two people to do one or two skits that I can quickly put out. So, I got this job but the people were not too happy to see me at the venue because they were expecting Basketmouth.
He continued: “Long story short, the guy was later happy with my performance and there was an exchange of numbers and I left.
“This gig came through one of Basketmouth’s guys. Two weeks running, I had not seen N30,000 and I was starving, as a bachelor, I had nothing. So, I decided to ask for the N30,000 and he said the person had not paid.”
While Basketmouth had restrained from commenting on AY’s statement as he explained in a recent comedy show, as a guest of the podcast of media personality, Nedu, The Honest Brunch, the comedian noted that he was never friends with AY.
He further stated that to buttress his point he does not have a picture with AY nor has he ever called him for them to hang out.
Further speaking in pidgin English to air his side of the story about the fact that N30,000 caused the rift between himself and AY, Basketmouth said: “That matter, no client dey involved o. In actual fact when this matter first came outside, when me I hear the thing, I was like what. If to say na 20 per cent of wetin him talk be lie, I for no vex. But when 90 per cent of wetin hin talk na lie, I still dey in shock.
“All my men dey laugh me because they tell me say guy be careful. And see wetin happen. The one job; e come make am feel like say there was a tutorship or mentorship. You know the kind of men around me; funny men, how I go jump them go give this guy shows. Do you understand? There is no way, men dey wey solid.”(sic)
Countering his claim, Bovi via his verified Instagram account took to his story to repost an old picture Basketmouth took with AY in 2004.
He captioned the picture: “This is Basketmouth and a fan! 2004! AY no vex o! Before you go call Chude for me!”(sic)