Born Bright Okpocha in Lagos Nigeria in 1978, Basket Mouth is the third of 7 children, 5 boys and 2 girls. He started his stand up comedy career in 1998, during his University days (University of Benin) where he slowly rose up the rank in the comedy circuit in school and the city, located in Edo state. Although his breakthrough in stand up comedy was in 1995, he was not interested in chasing that dream.
While in school he met Ali Baba, who mentored him, Basketmouth later went to Lagos and worked with Ali Baba, opening for him at some private and public events, in no RME(Rolling My Eyes) he created his own path, market and brand. In no RME some event/show promoters noticed his talent and booked him to be part of a 3 year long tour (Playsafe Rave) which toured almost all the major cities in Nigeria.
Touring over 70 cities in Nigeria exposed him to a different market; this helped in building not only his brand but his confidence. Basket’s popularity grew even greater when he was then a regular act at Motherland, a monthly music concert; his appearances at Motherland for a straight 2 years and four months exposed him to the corporate Nigeria.
Basket’s major emergence in Lagos can also be tracked back to his performance at a concert called Hanging out with the home boys; his performance wowed the crowd enormously, winning the acceptance of the people present at the show. While working with Ali Baba, Ali introduced him to Opa Williams who then featured him in now one of the most popular comedy shows in Nigeria and beyond (Nite of a 1000 laughs).
In no Rme, show promoters in Nigeria identified Basketmouth as a force to reckon with when it comes to pure stand up comedy and as host for international music concerts held in Nigeria. Basket hosted concerts featuring Jay Z, Rihanna, Beyonce, Joe, Boys 2 men, Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Cool and the gang, Akon, Dru Hill, Buster Rhymes, Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Chris Brown, Brian McKnight and many more. He 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 own special and in 2014 was invited to be a part of Just for Laughs ‘one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world.
During those defining years, Basketmouth and his team launched his one man stand up comedy concert tagged ‘Basketmouth Uncensored’ a show that reached every form of success, the show played four years (2005-2009) and each of the instalment was a sold out concert. He stopped hosting the show to introduce other comedy brands, ‘Lords of the Ribs, Nigerian Kings of comedy, African Kings of Comedy and 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. To date Basketmouth has hosted 9 different concerts in the UK including Basketmouth Uncensored Live, the Nigerian Kings of Comedy, The African Kings of Comedy, hosted Comedy Central presents in South Africa, Lords of The Ribs, and many 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 telecommunications 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.
In May 2014, controversial pint sized musician, Odirile Sento married his longtime girlfriend, Kagiso Sento in a glamorous wedding, not knowing that eight years later, the two will be fighting until the very end of their holy union.
Mental health is one critical element in someone’s life but gloomily, it is often overlooked. Topics centered on mental health and depression dominate the public discourse. The national conversation surrounding mental wellness, both online and offline has aided in the stigma of suffering from depression being removed, slowly but surely.
On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.
The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.
Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.
With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).
Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Bash Connektor Facebook page.