Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known as AY, is a Nigerian actor, comedian, radio and TV host, writer, producer, director, and brand influencer. In addition, he is the CEO of Corporate World Entertainment. Robert O. Peters directed and produced his debut film, 30 Days in Atlanta. He has also received the honour of being a UN Peace Ambassador.
Ayo ‘AY’ Makun Biography
Ayodeji Richard Makun
AY and Ayo Makun
19 August 1971
Ondo State, Nigeria
Delta State, Nigeria
Early Life and Education
Ayo Makun was born on August 19, 1971, in Warri, Delta State. He originally hails from Ifon, Ose local government in Ondo State. AY is the eldest of his six siblings, two boys, and four girls. One of his brothers, Yomi Makun, known as Yomi Casual, is one of the top fashion designers in Nigeria. He had his primary and secondary school education in Warri, Delta State, before moving to Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, where he studied Theatre Art and graduated after spending nine years in school.
While he was a student, A.Y. received recognition for being the most stylish student on campus in 1999 and 2000; the best show business promoter in 2001; the most renowned student on campus in 2001; and the recipient of the Jaycee Club Socio-personality Award (2003).
Ayo Makun has always been involved in show business, even as an undergraduate. A.Y. started and hosted many shows, including Miss Delsu, Miss Delta, and many others. He met Alibaba Akporobome, a well-known comedian and actor by chance while performing at one of his concerts, who subsequently became his mentor.
A.Y. began his career by working for Ali Baba as his personal assistant and event manager. He developed into a skilled comedian because of his work with Ali Baba, which helped him develop his understanding of human inspiration. The entertainer debuted on Ali Baba’s Fans Club at Victoria Garden City (VGC). Since appearing at an Opa Williams-hosted comedy concert in 2006, he has excelled in his field and become one of Nigeria’s most commercially successful comedians.
He was a guest columnist for Gbenga Adeyinka’s “laff Mattaz” and The Sun Newspaper. The performer authored “A.Y wire.” Additionally, he hosted AY Live on The Morning Drive on Rhythm 93.7FM in Lagos every Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Ayo ‘AY’ Makun also serves as the host and presenter of his annual show, “AY Live,” which is one of the biggest comedy shows in Africa and is typically conducted once a year. It routinely features well-known comics like Bovi, Helen Paul, Seyi Law, Elenu, and many others. Numerous musicians also perform at the live event.
The tenacious Nigerian comic has also provided a path for significant innovations in the comedy business, with the Open Mic Challenge consistently generating up-and-coming performers and also grooming them for the comedy industry. Ayo “AY” Makun also serves as the CEO of Corporate World Entertainment in Nigeria and is the proprietor of a posh club in Lagos State.
Ayo Makun is the oldest male child out of seven children of Mr and Mrs Makun. He, however, lost his parents to the cold hands of death at a tender age, which made him start fending for his siblings while growing up.
He has been married to Mabel Makun since 2008. The marriage is blessed with a daughter, Michelle Makun. His siblings are also doing significantly well in various Nigerian industries, including Yomi Casual, Lanre Makun, Bimbo Makun-Olukoya, and Morenike Makun.
Ayo ‘AY’ Makun has had the chance to mingle with prominent figures in politics, entertainment, and sports over the years thanks to his degree of influence. He also has a sizable following on social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
A.Y. lives in a luxurious flat in Lagos. He has a street named after him (Ayo Makun Str.), and his wife’s interior design business, Midas Interiors, designed the inside of his home. He also owns upscale vehicles like a Lexus LX570, a Jaguar XJ, and a G-Wagon.
|2021||Christmas in Miami||Akpos||also starring Richard Mofe Damijo, Osita Iheme, Desiree Farnum, Manoj Chandra, Tanya Price, and Kent Morita|
|2019||Merry Men 2||Amaju||also starring, also starring, Jim Iyke, Ramsey Noah, Falz and Damilola Adegbite|
|2018||Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons||Ayo Abioritsegbemi||also starring Jim Iyke, Ramsey Noah, Falz and Richard Mofe Damijo|
|2017||American Driver||Ayo Makun||also starring Evan King, Jim Iyke, Anita Chris, Nse Ikpe Etim, Nadia Buari, Emma Nyra, Johnny Dewan, Laura Heuston, McPc the Comedian, Michael Tula, Andie Raven|
|2017||The Accidental Spy||John||also starring Ramsey Nouah, Christine Allado|
|2017||The Wedding Party 2||MC||also starring Adesua Etomi, Sola Sobowale, Banky W and Richard Mofe Damijo|
|2016||A Trip to Jamaica||Akpos||also starring Funke Akindele, Eric Roberts, Dan Davies, Chris Attoh|
|2016||The Wedding Party||MC||also starring Adesua Etomi, Sola Sobowale, Banky W and Richard Mofe Damijo|
|2016||10 Days in Sun City||Akpos||also starring Adesua Etomi, Mercy Johnson, Richard Mofe Damijo, Falz|
|2014||Being Mrs Elliot||Ishawuru||with Omoni Oboli, Sylvia Oluchi and Majid Michel|
|2014||30 Days in Atlanta||Akpors||with Ramsey Nouah, Lynn Whitfield, Karlie Redd and Richard Mofe Damijo|
Awards and Nominations
- Comedian of the Year: Diamond Awards for Comedy (2008)
- Comedian of the Year: Teen Favourite (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)
- U.N Peace Ambassador (2009)
- Comedian of the Year: Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2010)
- Most Creative Entrepreneur of the Year, (comedy category): Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (CEAN) (2013)
- Best Event A.Y Live: NELAS Awards 2018, United Kingdom (2013)
His current net worth is $7 million, making him one of the most well-known people in the nation.
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