Okey Bakassi, the comedian, says he was approached in Nigeria and abroad to peddle drugs.


In an interview on Channels TV, the comedian said fraudsters and drug dealers invited him to join their business.

He said the invite was extended after he moved to Lagos.

The comedian claimed that people in the entertainment industry are easy targets and are often approached to sell drugs.


He said although the business is lucrative, he refused the offer and decided to “keep things simple”.

“When I came to Lagos as a young man, I was tempted in so many different ways by different people. And I’m talking about fraudsters and drug dealers,” Bakassi said.

“I was approached. When you’re in entertainment, you are approached to peddle drugs. I have been approached overseas, I have been approached in Nigeria by drug dealers.


“They show up in your hotel and that talk business and they tell you other people who are doing it are making money. But it is dangerous.

“For me, I want to be able to sleep well. I am not afraid of the police or any law enforcement agencies. So I have tried from day one to keep things simple.”

In 2017, the actor claimed that “70 percent of Nigerian celebrities” are consumers of illicit drugs.

Bakassi, however, admitted that he also indulged in the act when he was younger, and noted that entertainers often take drugs to boost their creativity.


Born Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, Okey Bakassi gained prominence after winning the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ category at the Best of Nollywood Awards in 2014.

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