Bright Okpocha (born 14 September 1978 in Lagos State), better known by his stage name Basketmouth, is a Nigerian comedian and actor. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe.

Basketmouth
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Basketmouth at AMVCA 2020
Birth nameBright Okpocha
Born (1978-09-14) 14 September 1978 (age 43)
Lagos State, Nigeria
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
NationalityNigerian
EducationDegree Holder
Alma materUniversity of Benin (UNIBEN)
Years active2000–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Websitewww.basketmouth.tv

Basketmouth hosted a comedy challenge on Instagram, called the #TwoThingsChallenge which sparked an uproar from fans, after a young fan posted a video of him saying obscene things relating to sex, with a child in close view in the video.[1]

He was a producer of "Ghana Jollof".[2]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Bright Okpocha was born in Lagos State but hails from Abia State, Nigeria. He completed his primary and secondary school in Apapa, Lagos and moved on to the University of Benin, Edo State to study for a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. He discovered his skill in drumming in 1991 followed by taking up rapping in 1994. He then formed a group called "Da Psychophats" which had 7 members and they started going for shows and rapping in 1995, however they broke up before releasing any material. He went on to form another rap group known as "Da Oddz" with his brother Godwin and Muyiwa Ola-Phillips: they performed a couple of shows but didn't break through as their brand of rap was not accepted in Nigeria.[3]

EducationEdit

Bright completed his primary and secondary school education in Apapa (Lagos, Nigeria) and then moved on to pursue a degree at the University of Benin where he studied sociology and anthropology with his brother Godwin.[4]

AppearancesEdit

In 2000, Basketmouth appeared in Lagbaja music video titled Gra Gra.

In 2005 and 2006, Basketmouth won the National Comedy Award and the awards for Best Stand-up Comedian of the Year.[5] He was nominated in the 2021 maiden edition of The Humour Awards Academy alongside fellow comedian Mr Funny.[6]

Basketmouth appears in the Africa Magic show "My Flatmates" (2016).[7][8]

Basketmouth recently hosted Nigerian Billionaire Femi Otedola in his home.[9]

In December 2020, he started his comedy web series titled "Papa Benji".[10]

MusicEdit

He launched a record label Barons World Entertainment in 2014.[11]

He released a highlife album titled 'Yabasi' as a soundtrack for the movie 'Papa Benji' in November 2020. The album featured artists like Ladipoe, BOJ, The Cavemen, Bez, Waje, Duncan Mighty, Flavour and Phyno.[12]

FilmographyEdit

Basket has made plans and been reported to have made a short film Confession of a Bandit and has acted in the short movie as Agent Gburugburu with his mates taking on the other parts in order to make the movie complete.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ MTVBase (2013-11-22). "Basketmouth arrested in the UK". MTVBase. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  2. ^ BellaNaija.com (2021-07-16). "Superstar Comedian Basketmouth serves "Ghana Jollof" – Here's How You can Audition for the Showmax Original". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  3. ^ "Comedian BASKETMOUTH Full Biography,Life And News". T.I.N. Magazine. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  4. ^ Informationng (2014-08-02). "Basketmouth's Book: Before I Write A Book Part 2". Informationng. Retrieved 2014-08-02.[failed verification]
  5. ^ Abisola Alawode & Jumoke Rufus (2014-01-10). "What Did Basketmouth Do Wrong?". Leadership. Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  6. ^ vanguardngr.com (2021-10-06). "The Humour Awards Academy releases nomination list-Vanguard". Vanguard. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  7. ^ "Basketmouth's new sitcom 'My Flatmates' premiers on AfricaMagic". InfoNubia. 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  8. ^ "Why my kids don't attend my shows — Basketmouth". Punch Newspapers. 2021-07-18. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-07-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "It's Finally Here! Watch the First Episode of Basketmouth's Comedy Series "Papa Benji"". BellaNaija. BNTV. 2020-12-14. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  11. ^ "Basket Mouth Launches Record Label, Sign Younger Brother". Pulse Nigeria. 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  12. ^ "Basketmouth drops star-studded compilation project, 'Yabasi'". The Native. 2020-11-20. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  13. ^ Tv, Bn (2021-05-04). "Basketmouth's Short Film "The Confession Of A Bandit" is so Hilarious | Watch". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2021-05-28.

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