Comedian Bright Okpocha, who is widely known as Basketmouth, has issued a long-awaited apology to his colleague Ayodeji Richard Makun, popularly known as AY, after their 17-year-old feud.
It’s worth noting that AY and Basketmouth have been in the headlines due to their ongoing dispute.
Basketmouth in 2021, during a Black Box interview with media personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, mentioned that his falling out with AY was rooted in a breach of loyalty.
“To be honest, I don’t want that guy (AY) to ever hear from me,” he said.
He further emphasized that their relationship had never been one of friendship.
In response to their enduring feud, during an interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo in May 2023, AY pointed to a business deal gone awry in 2006 as the root cause of their discord.
Nevertheless, as Basketmouth endeavors to promote ticket sales for his upcoming November show, he has taken steps to seek forgiveness from AY and others whom he may have offended.
Assuming responsibility for the 17-year-long rift, the comedian issued a public apology in a video shared on his Instagram page on Monday.
He said: “Now to all the people in the industry and beyond that I have offended. I’m saying this to you right now from the bottom of my heart, I’m genuinely sorry please forgive me. To the people that have accused me of doing things that have affected their careers in one way or the other, I’m not going to accept or deny these allegations, but God knows the truth. But regardless, please forgive me from the bottom of my heart.
“Now to my guy AY, I don’t know if my apology is still valid right now but if it is, please forgive me for whatever I have done or said in the past that affected you in any way forgive me. And I want you to know that I have forgiven you for whatever you have done or said knowingly or unknowingly. It’s gone, and I just wanted us to live in peace and harmony.
“Now for the people who are assuming that this apology video is birthed because I have a show coming up on the 26th of November, I will like to say you are absolutely correct. I’m trying to sell tickets for my show but I’m also sorry for everything that I have done.”