Ayodeji Richard Makun AY, is the Chief Executive Officer of Corporate World Entertainment. Ayo Makun was born on 19th of August, 1971 in Warri, Delta State. A.Y hails from Ifon, Ose Local Government, Ondo State but prefer to be called a ‘warri boy’.
AY is widely known throughout Nigeria, Africa and in some parts of the world as a celebrity of note whose ability and experience as a Comedian, Compere, and Showbiz Promoter has acquired a meaning in the minds of the public important to promotion and protection of any corporate or government programmes and communication objectives.
The Producer of the Multi Award Winning and Highest Grossing Movie ever in West Africa ’30 Days in Atlanta is a Theatre Arts graduate of Delta State University, AY is as hysterical and topical as he is a gifted Event Planner, TV Producer, and Show Promoter. He produces, the popular AY Show, organizes the soaring AY Live concerts, and promotes shows for individuals, State Governments, Institutions, and Corporate Organisations.
His Live and TV Shows have since assumed a Family Show ‘position’ in patrons and viewers mind. He is seen as a celebrity who can be trusted and is widely trusted by individuals and families across the Nation and abroad. This fact is long-established as AY is currently on a country tour with Unilever Plc – a company renowned worldwide for creating, marketing and distributing well-known family brands. His creative skills, Show-promoting expertise, and witty proficiency have won him numerous Awards, recognitions, and endorsements, and ambassadorships.
The recent Award being The Comedian of the Year 2011, courtesy City People Entertainment Awards. The Award came after he had a very successful year staging the ever crowd-pulling and celebrity-attracting AY Live across Nigeria, and in London. The Award is AY’s 27th since 2008.
Ayodeji Richard Makun Biography and Profile
Ayo Richard Makun, AY is a multi-talented, multiple award-winning Standup comedian, and one of the most successful comic acts Nigeria has produced. He comes across easily, as Nigeria’s most creative comedian as he has proved himself an established authority as a Compere, Standup Comedian, Radio and TV Presenter, Promoter, Producer, Actor, Director, Writer, and Event Manager.
The first Male child from a family of seven from Ifon, Ondo state, AY was born and bred in Delta State. He had a very humble and unassuming start, parlaying his charm and talent to a successful career in the Nigerian comedy scene.
He gained fame through impersonating Rev. Chris Okotie in his hilarious jokes, and by 2006, when he began; he was named the Best Up-Coming Comedian in Nigeria.
That wasn’t AY’s first award. The gifted comedian holds an enviable record of being the first student to direct a convocation production in the history of the Theatre Arts Department of the Delta State University, where he graduated in 2003.
In his campus days, he received many awards including: The Most Fashionable Student on Campus (1999 and 2000); The Most Celebrated Student on Campus (2001), Best Showbiz Promoter (2001), Jaycee Club Socio-Cultural Personality Award (2003), and The Most Celebrated Theatre Arts Student (2003).
Presently, AY has taken comedy out of the box. He writes the column, Going AY-Wire every Friday on The Sun Newspapers, (Nigeria’s most circulated National Daily) and every month he writes Jokes Apart in Gbenga Adeyinka’s monthly comedy journal, Laffmatazz. He presents The AY Live on The Morning Drive every Friday from 6am to 10am on Rhythm 93.7 FM, Lagos.
AY has become the ‘father’ of many upcoming acts and established acts that are doing well in the industry, through the monthly AY’s Open Mic Challenge that holds every third Sunday, at The National Theatre, Lagos.
The AY Show, arguably the best Comedy Show on Nigeria TV, shows on AYTV which airs daily on HITV across the country, and all over Europe winning BEST TV COMEDY SHOW in 2008, and has since been a must watch. He publishes Nigeria’s first comedy magazine, and he hosts (across the country, too) the usually out-sold comedy and music concerts AY Live.
Twice, AY Live has broken and set enviable record standards in comedy events in Nigeria. In 2007, he held Lagos spell bound when the second edition of AY Live, Lagos Invasion drew a record crowd forcing him to do two shows instead of one, as planned. Two years later, similar feat was reenacted in Nigeria’s Federal Capital City, when AY Live, Abuja Invasion stood Abuja still, and becoming Abuja’s most attended entertainment events, ever.
AY was awarded UN Peace Ambassador in 2009 after winning six different awards in 2008, all confirming one same thing:
- Comedian of the year: Diamond Awards for Comedy. (2008)
- Comedian of the year: Teens Favorite. (2008)
- Comedian of the year: MBG Abuja Merit Awards. (2008)
- Comedian of the year: National Daily Awards. (2008)
- Comedian of the year: Arsenal Award for Excellence. (2008)
- Comedian of the year: Mode Men of the year Awards. (2008)
- Comedian of the year: Nigerian Entertainment Awards. (2010)
- The Comedian of the Year: City People Entertainment (2011)
- Most Creative Entrepreneur of the year, (comedy category): C.E.A.N (2013)