Nigerian comedy has boomed in the last decade, and Bright “Basketmouth” Okpocha is, arguably, the country’s most successful stand-up comic, Aljazeera reported during the week.
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,” he added.