Nollywood actor and comedian, Ayodeji Makun, popularly known as AY, recently stated that he has given up on trying to reconcile with his fellow colleagues, Basketmouth and Julius Agwu, with whom he has had longstanding disputes.
AY and Basketmouth have been embroiled in a 17-year-old feud, with AY claiming it originated from an alleged unpaid debt of N30,000 owed by Basketmouth. However, Basketmouth refuted the accusation, asserting that he and AY were never friends. Furthermore, Basketmouth clarified that he never excluded AY from his wedding as claimed by AY.
Julius Agwu, in a separate interview, accused AY of deliberately scheduling a comedy show on a date that conflicted with Agwu’s plans, which many comedians were already aware of.
In a recent interview with comedian Teju Babyface, AY expressed that he had previously attempted to reconcile with both Basketmouth and Julius Agwu, but his efforts were in vain. At this point, he admitted that he would be content if he never reconciled with them, even if it means carrying this conflict to his grave. AY shared that their senior colleagues were aware of his attempts to mend things, but they advised him to stop bothering himself if the involved parties were not receptive to reconciliation.
“The bros [senior colleagues in the comedy industry] knew and at some point in time, they had to ask me to slow down. They were like: ‘You’re doing too much. You are putting in too much to make this thing work. Friendship is not by force.
“I was believing that ‘No, this can work’. Even in my last stand-up comedy, I had to go on stage and I did another routine ‘My guy. How’s my guy? This is my guy. If you see this guy, tell him he’s my guy.’ And the following morning, every where exploded again. ‘We are not friends. We are not that. We are not this.’ So, for me now, I’m not pushing anything anymore. As I’m here now as AY, if I have to go to my grave without sitting with any of these guys to say ‘hello, ‘hi,’ I will be happy,” he said.