By Yetunde Adeyeri
Today is a special day and we set it aside to celebrate Ayo Makun. Popularly known as A.Y. Today, he is a year older as he celebrates his 48th birthday.
Ayodeji Richard Makun is a Nigerian actor, comedian, radio and TV presenter, writer, producer, and director. He was born on August 19. He hails from Ifon, Ose local government in Ondo State. He is the host of the A.Y live shows and A.Y comedy skits. His first movie, 30 Days in Atlanta was produced by him and directed by Robert O. Peters. He was made a U.N Peace Ambassador in 2009 after winning six awards in 2008. He is the CEO of Corporate World Entertainment Nigeria.
Ayo Makun came into the spotlight after being Alibaba Akporobome’s personal assistant and event manager. A.Y also wrote going “A.Y wire” as a guest columnist in The Sun (Nigeria) and Gbenga Adeyinka’s “Laugh Mattaz”.
Ayo Makun directs and acts in one of Nigeria’s popular sitcom, AY’s crib with Alex Ekubo, Venita Akpofure, Buchi Franklin and Justice Nuagbe. He also hosts one of Africa’s largest comedy shows, AY Live featuring comedians like Bovi, Helen Paul and many other comedians. Ayo Makun is also the Chief Executive Officer for Corporate World entertainment, Nigeria. He also owns a clubhouse and is an investor in stand-up comedy. He has influenced upcoming comedians through his AY “Open Mic Challenge”.
His movie, Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons in 2018 is the fourth highest-grossing movie in Nigeria raking in over 230 million in the Box office. His other movies The Last Trip To Jamaica, 10 days In Suncity and 30 days In Atlanta making it really big in the Box office grossing the highest in the box office with 30 days In Atlanta being the highest-grossing Nollywood in 2014.
Happy birthday to one of Nollywood’s Brightest minds.