Basketmouth, born Bright Okpocha on 14 September 1978 in Lagos State, is a Nigerian comedian and actor. He was born in Lagos state but hails from Abia State, Nigeria.
He 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.
Basketmouth, a leading player in the comedy industry in Nigeria and having represented the Stand-up Comedy genre as one of Nigeria and Africa’s leading exports, the Basketmouth brand has over the years won hearts of Nigerians and non-Nigerians.
Basket over the years has hosted concerts featuring Jay Z, Rihanna, Beyonce, Joe, Chris Brown, Boys 2 men, Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Cool and the gang, Akon, Dru Hill,Buster Rhymes,, Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Jarule, Brian McKnight and many more.
Bright Okpocha has headlined shows all over Africa, including South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia etc, in 2013 he was approached by Comedy Central to his his own special and in 2014 was invited to be a part of Just for Laughs ‘one of the biggest comedy festival in the world.
During these defining years, Basketmouth and his team launched his one-man standup comedy concert tagged ‘Basketmouth Uncensored’ a show that reached every form of success, the show witnessed 4 years (2005-2009) and each of the installment was a sold out concert, he stopped hosting the show to introduce other comedy brand ‘Lords of the Ribs, Nigerian Kings of comedy, African Kings of Comedy & Laffs n Jamz’ in 2014 Basketmouth re-launched his one man comedy show which was unarguably one of the best he has done.
In Feb 21st 2010, he became the 1st African comedian to host a one man comedy concert at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, which was a huge success, till date Basketmouth has hosted 9 different concerts in the UK including Basketmouth Uncensored Live @ the o2, Nigerian Kings of Comedy, The African Kings of Comedy, hosted Comedy Central presents in South Africa, Lords of The Ribs, and many more.
He has had his debut performance at the famous comedy stores on sunset strip in Los Angeles, where he performed alongside ‘ Tony Baker, Mason Pryo, Malanie Camarcho, he has also shared stage with comedians like Deray Davis, Tony Roberts, Red Grant, Robert Powell, Donnovan, , Michael Blackson, Trevor Noah, Griff, David Kau and more.
In 2011 he was approached by Mtv Base to host his own show ‘The Big Friday Show’ the TV show went on to win the best TV show in 2013.Basketmouth is presently one of the brand ambassadors of one of the leading telecommunication companies in Africa (Globacom) a brand face for Dana Air, a leading Airline company in Nigeria. BM stands out as one of the names in the entertainment industry to reckon with.
Bright Okpocha has performed in London and other UK cities. His biggest gig was when he entertained thousands at Wembley’s SSE Arena on the Valentines Day of 2017.
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Basketmouth Net Worth
Bright Okpocha net worth is valued at N950 Million
Basketmouth Wife – Elsie Uzoma Okpocha
He has been married to Elsie Uzoma Okpocha since November 6, 2010. They have two lovely two children, Jason and Janelle.
Basketmouth talks about his Comedy and Lagos City
Source: Al Jazeera
Born and bred in the notorious Lagos slum Ajegunle, he discovered his gift for comedy by chance and has never looked back.
“Basketmouth means somebody who doesn’t hold anything back, which is like a basket. A basket doesn’t hold water. And when I decided to go with the name Basketmouth, it actually defined my kind of art, my kind of delivery, because I just say it the way it comes, I do not have any filtering system, and that’s how Basketmouth came to life,” he says.
His take on Lagos, West Africa’s most vibrant city, is upbeat, irreverent and challenging.
“Lagos is real and grimy, and I like grimy places…. Lagos is very hard so you have to be on top of your game. Everyone wants to outsmart the next person. Lagos never sleeps. Lagos is a place where you can get rich in a second and get poor in a second.”