Bright Okpocha, Nigerian stand-up comedian better known as Basketmouth, has pulled out of the Comics Choice Awards, a South African event he was initially billed to attend.


The 40-year-old artiste took to his Instagram on Wednesday to disclose this while declaring his solidarity for the outcry against xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in the country.

“I’m not sure how and when we got here. I won’t be attending the Comics Choice Awards this weekend in South Africa as Scheduled. It might sound like a whisper but, together, our voices and the right actions will hopefully make a true difference. And real change can begin. But, for today, we stand,” he wrote.

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Basketmouth’s decision comes on the heels of heated protests by Nigerians against South African companies stationed in the country and widespread condemnation of the attacks by public figures.

Tiwa Savage had similarly announced the cancelation of her performance at the DSTV International Food and Music Festival, an event scheduled to hold on September 21 in Johannesburg.

Burna Boy had slammed AKA, South African rapper, over his tension-inciting comments about Nigeria’s relationship with South Africa, while Wizkid stated that South Africans are “fighting the wrong war”.


On Sunday, three people were reportedly killed in Johannesburg and many properties destroyed in an attack on foreigners, including Nigerians, based in South Africa.

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