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What it is like to meet the King of stand-up comedy

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When I met Basket mouth for the first time, it was both strange and amazing. It was strange because for me I didn’t know how to react at seeing my favourite Nigerian comedian. It was amazing on the other hand because he is one of the coolest celebrities I have met till date.

It was only recently that I realised I am not alone in having a memorable “first time meeting basket mouth” story. A lot of the folks I have met share the same experience and our last remark of him is almost certainly “oh, that guy is very nice and down to earth.”

He knows how to make an entrance

For me, it was 3 weeks ago. I work as a photojournalist for a magazine brand in Lagos and we were in talks with Basket mouth to have him on the cover page of our next edition.

Three people from the magazine brand were scheduled to be in the meeting with him and funny enough, I wasn’t one of them. But the managing Director in his usual impromptu style summoned the entire production team into the meeting and there I was, seated with Basket mouth.

“I NEED ALL THE PRODUCTION GUYS IN THE BOARDROOM RIGHT NOW.” That was all the boss had to say and in a split second, an assembly of graphic artists, cameramen, makeup artists, you name it congregated around Basket mouth.

Basket mouth being who he is, it didn’t waste a second to enliven the atmosphere with ribs cracking jokes and in a moment everybody is totally wrapped in his fun presence, all giggling sheepishly to very movement of his lips.

The truth is we love honest people, even if you can’t bring ourselves to be that honest

If being real is a virtue, then Nigeria’s king of stand-up comedy is very virtuous. This guy isn’t carried away one bit by his celebrity status. Bright Okpocha is 100% real and as a fan, I didn’t expect that. He talks real, laughs real and 100% snub free.

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At the end of the meeting, I asked Basket mouth if he will follow me on Instagram, guess what, he obliged but promised to do if I return the favour and follow him on Palmchat.

It was a brief meeting but I will not forget that feeling. Some stars so ordinary in disposition that you just can’t help but like them. I had to go back to work, so we both shared our good byes: the “It was nice getting to meet you” and he was very honest with hes’. You could literally see it in his eyes.

  • Article by Ikechukwu Ucheolisa

 

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

Former Governor of Lagos state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commented on the Lekki toll gate shooting that left many dead and several others injured.

The Lagos politician who was interviewed via telephone by a Channels TV reporter, Olu Philips, shared his shock over the shooting and also revealed that he is ready to complain to the highest authorities.

Contrary to people’s predictions, Tinubu however denied ordering the shooting and also stated that he can only control his security guard. He again reiterated that he will never be part of any group that uses live ammunition against protesters.

Insisting that he has always been an activist, the APC Chieftain expressed sympathy for the victims of the incident and advised the federal government to “fish out whoever gave the order (for the shooting) and put them on trial”.

He then recalled how he was falsely accused of being behind #EndSARS protests. Tinubu who noted that he doesn’t believe that Buhari ordered the shooting, appealed for calm over the incident. He also denied having a stake in the Lekki toll gate or suffering a loss due to the continous blockage of the area by #EndSARS protesters.

He said,

“It is early hours of the morning, there’s no way I can talk to the authorities or wake them up now. I have tried to reach the NSA, I have tried to reach the head of the army.

“You don’t call the president at this hour, but I strongly condemn the act. There are other means of settling or dispersing protest. Why would they use live bullets? There are rubber bullets.

“I am not even sure yet they are Nigerian army, I am not sure how well the uniforms of the army are controlled. But that is not as critical as the bloodshed that has occurred.

“We have lost our sleep, we have lost our peace of mind, (and) we just have to deal with it.”

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

It has been reported that the National Security, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari, would come up with solutions to the ongoing violence erupting in parts of the country ”in the next few hours”.

Babagana Monguno Says Buhari Is Coming Up With Solutions

According to Punch, May Babagana did not disclose the solutions, he said they would communicate to parties concerned.

Mongunu revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security presided over the President.

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

He said,

“The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

Lagos State residents have again uncovered another warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives are been stored.

The palliatives discovered on Thursday (today), October 22, were meant for residents of Festac-Okota but were secretly stored in the warehouse.

According to reports, at least four people have died at the warehouse due to the hundreds of people that gathered to cart away the food items which include rice, beans, yams, and others.

However, the individual or group of persons who stored up the food items believed to have been provisioned by the government to share for the masses to cushion the effect of COVID-19 are yet to be known as at the time this report is given.

The angry youths and some old-aged citizens in the area gain entrance into the warehouse with force and do away with food items of their choices.

See video below;

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