Ayodeji Richard Makun aka A.Y is a Nigerian Standup Comedian, showbiz Promoter, Event planner, Actor, Producer, Director, Writer and MC. He is regarded as one of Africans biggest comedians in history. He is the host of the popular comedy and music concert “A.Y Live” that sells out in Nigeria and London.
He came into limelight in 2006 after performing a mimick of Rev. Chris Okotie, a renowed pastor in Nigeria known for his use of big vocabulary in his sermons. A.Y’s jokes centered on the point that members had to bring a dictionary to church to enable them understand his sermons, he was also known for mimicking popular Love world embassy senior pastor, Pst. Chris Oyakilomen and others.
AY is also a movie producer and actor, he made his acting and directorial debut in in the comedy sitcom “AY’s Crib” released in 2013, he also starred in the 2014 movie “Being Mrs Elliot” where he played the supporting role of being an herbalist who fell in love with an amnesia patient. He made his productional debut in the movie, “30 days in Atlanta” A comedy film that starred himself alongside Ramson Noah, Majid Micheal, Desmond Elliot and Richard Mofe Damijo, he has also produced other movies like “A trip to Jamaica, 10 days in Sun city, and Accidental spy”.
A.Y has won tons of awards for his comedy and producing career including the Comedian of the year awar by Diamond awards for comedy in 2008, the Comedian of the year award by the Arsenal’s Award for excellence that same year. In 2009, he was awarded with the United Nations Peace Ambassador for his contributions to the comedy industry. His first movie, 30 days in Atlanta was recognized by Guinness world record for having the highest domestic gross earnings of $153 million when compared to Hollywood’s “Star wars; the force awakens” and Bollywod’s “PK”.
Most recently, in 2021, A.Y broke another record with his Movie “Christmas in Miami” which became the highest watched movie in the Nigerian box office with a gross earning of 100 million naira in just 5day after it release.
A.Y is more than just a comedian in the Nigerian Entertainment industry, as his works speaks for him. Over the years he has been able to produce and direct back to ack movies that have earned him massive success and recognition from within and outside Nigeria.
In this Article, we will be diving deep into the Biography of A.Y, everything you need to know about this pacesetter. His early life, Career life, Net worth, Philanthropy and Personal life of this great comedian of our time.
So without further ado let’s begin.
Ayodeji Richard Makun was born on the 19th of August 1971 to the family Mr&Mrs Makun who hails from Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state. He is the first son of 7 children, he has 4 sisters and 2 brothers. His brother is Yomi causal the popular celebrity fashion designer.
After his elementary education, A.Y gained admission into the Delta State University Abraka (Delsu) to study Music, but in his 300 level, he transferred to Theatre and Media Art making him spend a total of 9years in school. He eventually graduated in 2003. While in school, A.Y was a very popular student among the Delsu student community because he was one of the biggest events organizer, credited for hosting shows like the Miss Delsu, Miss delta, and Face of Delsu. (So we can say his organization skills go way back)
He won the most fashionable student on campus (1999-2000), he also won the Best show biz promoter (2001) , and the Jaycee club socio-personality award in 2003 among others.
We can say A.Y has always known what he wanted to do after school because of the massive impact he left behind in Delsu. So after graduating, he went on to become the Personal Assistance and Event manager for renowned comedian “Ali baba”. He worked with Ali baba in organizing his shows and comedy concerts and you can say he learnt a lot from him in terms of show business and Event planning, no wonder to grew to create AY Live; the biggest comedy show in Africa. He went on to perform at Ali baba fan club and finally rose to fame after performing at the Opa Williams “Night of a Thousand Laughs” in 2006.
A.Y also worked with some media houses as a presenter and writer, he worked with The Sun Newspaper as a columnist and wrote the “AY wire” column, he also wrote for Gbenga Adeyinka “Laugh Mattaz”. He has also featured on Radio and Television. It was on radio that he first presented the AY Live show as a Morning drive programme on Rhythm 93.7 FM Lagos, before transforming it to a live show of music and comedy. He also launch The A.Y show on Television which was a monthly event.
AY Live concert which started in 2010 is regarded as one of the biggest comedy shows in Nigeria and Africa at large, with tickets sold out in London and Nigeria venues. The show is held on Easter Sunday and Father’s day every year and showcases the best of talents from the music, movie and comedy industy. Audience from all over Nigeria troop out to attend the show every year and it has continued to enjoy much participation and love from audiences around the world. The show is managed by Coperate world Entertainment; a media company founded by A.Y with the aim to promote and organize Live events, and provide contents for radio and television. The company is also in charge of producing AY Live VCDs and AY open mic Challenge.
A.Y’s MOVIE CAREER
A.Y debut into the movie industry was first in 2013 with the comedy Sitcom “AY’s CRIB” directed and produced by A.Y, it features notable Nollywood actors like Alex Ekubo, Buchi Franklin, Hushbaby, and Venita Akpofure, the show enjoyed much watch time from audience round Nigeria and beyond.
He also starred in the movie “Being Mrs Elliot” which featured Majid Michael and Omoni Oboli. In 2014, A.Y Produced the Movie “30 days in Atlanta”, a comedy drama that starred himself, Ramson Noah and Richard Mofe Damijo. The movie enjoyed way much more watch time from audiences round in world, including in Nigeria, India, Europe and America, the movie was shot in locations of Nigeria and USA. 30 days in Atlanta later won a Guiness World for having the highest gross earnings of 2014 when compared with Hollywood’s “Star Wars” and Bollywood’s “PK”.
Other movies produced by AY includes
A trip to Jamaica released in 2016
10 days in Sun city released in 2017
Accidental Spy released in 2017
Christmas in Miami released in 2021, it broke a record in the Nigerian box office and reached a gross income of 100 million naira in 5days. That was massive. A.Y took to his instagram page to rejoice about the success.
WHICH MOVIES HAD A.Y STARRED IN?
- Being Mrs. Elliotreleased in 2014
- The Wedding Party released in in 2016
- Stalker released in 2016
- American Driver released in 2017
- Merry Men released in 2018
- Moms At War released in 2018
- Million released in 2019
- Kasanova released in 2019
- Merry men 2 released in 2019
- Made in Heaven released in 2019
- Omo Ghetto released in 2020
- Rattle Snake released in 2020
- Bad Comments released in 2021
AY organizes a monthly Open Mic Challenge to help bring young budding comedy talents to limelight in Nigeria, the competition holds its auditions in Lagos to search for the next big name that will take over the comedy industy
So far the Open Mic challenge has produced, Seyi law, Akopropro, MC Shakara, Elenu, Emeka Smith, Pencil and Ajebo to limelight and they have gone to become some of Nigerian’s notable comedians.
Does A.Y still organizes the Open mic challenge?
Well, from our research, the last of the show was held in 2013 and hasn’t resurfaced since then.
The 51 years old comedian and director has indeed left his mark in almost all aspects of the entertainment industry. We can say he has conquered comedy and Nollywood. Most recently, his movie “Christmas in Miami” released in 2021, broke a record in the Nigerian box office of being the highest watched movie of all time and reached a gross income of 100 million naira in 5days. That was massive. AY took to his instagram page to rejoice about the success.
His achievement preceeds him as he was awarded the United Nations peace Ambassador Award in 2009. He also won the best comedian of the year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in 2010, best Actor in a supporting role for in “Being Mrs. Elliot”
SOME OF A.Y’s AWARDS
|2008||Teen Favorite Awards||Best comedian of the year||A.Y|
|National Daily Award||Best comedian of the year|
|Mode men of the year award||Best comedian of the year|
|2009||City people award||Best comedian of the year|
|2010||National entertainment Award||Best comedian of the year|
|CEAN Awards||Most creative entrepreneur of the year|
|2018||NELAS Awards, Uk||Best event ; Ay live|
According to Trillertunes.com, A.Y is estimated to be worth $6 million making him one of the richest comedians in Nigeria. His major source of income are his comedy shows, endorsement deals and his business.
A.Y’s endorsement deals;
- Western Lotto Brand Ambassador
- Haven Homes Brand Ambassador
- Lekki Gardens Brand Ambassador
- Uniliver PLC Brand Ambassador
- Globacom Telecommunications Brand Ambassador
- Peak Milk Brand Ambassador
A.Y is a business man and does not focus on the entertainment industry alone but also has some business he manages like the Night club and lounge he opened on the 28th of September 2014 called MVP, the place is a comfortable spot for people to relax and have fun.
A.Y owns the following cars,
- A Mercedes Benz G-Wagon
- A Jaguar XJ
- A Lexus LX570
He stays with his family in his over a 100 million naira house in Lekki area of Lagos. The interior design is said to have been done by his Wife, Mabel, since she is an Interior Decorator.
Contrary to popular opinion, A.Y does not have a Private jet, he instead rents one when he needs to travel for his shows.
AY have been married for 12 years now. He got married in the year 2008 to his wife, Mabel Makun; an interior decorator and CEO of Midas Interior in Lagos, Nigeria and they are blessed with a daughter, Michelle Makun.
A.Y is one celebrity who has not had any public Controvesy in his marriage, so we can say they are happily married.
So there you have it. The full and detailed biography of A.Y, the comedian, Movie Producer and Director. A.Y is indeed a good example that dreams do come true, so whatever you do keep grinding, one day you go blow!
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