A popular comedian and actor, Bright Okpocha, aka Basketmouth, has been holding a series of shows in different cities across the world in a tour tagged, ‘Basket Mouth Unprovoked’. The tour began on February 12, 2023, in Manchester, United Kingdom, and would end on February 28 in Cologne, Germany.
According to the funnyman, some of the shows were sold out, including the upcoming ones.
Other comedians featured on the tour include I Go Save and Buchi.
However, the fact that one of the shows is holding today and clashing with the presidential election, did not augur well with some people.
On January 11, 2023, a Twitter user, Bright Akokwu, questioned the comedian’s decision to hold a tour during the country’s election period. He wrote, “Great ingenuity displayed. However, you should be in Nigeria on February 25, casting your vote. That is patriotism. Don’t play indifferent in this election. Encourage patriotism by voting and leading others too. Peace!”
Basketmouth responded, “I have been hosting my United Kingdom tour every February for the past 12 years. Interestingly, there have been times when the elections coincided with my shows. Unfortunately, the Independent National Electoral Commission has never deemed it fit to check with me before fixing the date for the elections. Since I picked February to host my tour first, I think it is only fair for me to go ahead with the dates.”
Recalled that in March 2015, Basketmouth had lambasted celebs who were outside the country during elections. He had written, “Now, I don’t know which celebs are worse; the ones that were out of the country during the election or the ones that campaigned for Goodluck Jonathan. Lol.”