The Nigerian comedian AY has taken photos of himself and his daughter to his social page, he captioned it…”The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave to go and HUSTLE . But it feels even better to come back to my PA and twinnie everytime. #walkouttuesday”
Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known by his stage name A.Y, is a Nigerian actor, comedian, radio and TV presenter. Born on August 19, he hails from Ifon, Ose local government in Ondo State. He is the host of the A.Y live shows and A.Y comedy skits. His first movie, 30 Days in Atlanta was produced by him and directed by Robert O. Peters.
He was made a U.N Peace Ambassador in 2009 after winning six awards in 2008. He is the CEO of Corporate World Entertainment Nigeria. Ayo Makun attended Delta State University, Abraka. He graduated (after spending nine years) in 2003 as a theatre arts student. A.Y also won other awards such as the most fashionable student on campus (1999 and 2000); best show-biz promoter (2001); the most celebrated student on campus (2001) and the Jaycee Club socio-personality award (2003).
Ayo Makun came into spotlight after being Alibaba Akporobome’s personal assistant and event manager. A.Y also wrote going “A.Y wire” as a guest columnist in The Sun (Nigeria) and Gbenga Adeyinka’s “Laugh Mattaz”. Ayo Makun is the oldest male child from a family of seven.He married Mabel in 2008 and they have one daughter, Michelle. Ayo Makun directs and acts in one of Nigeria’s popular sitcom, AY’s crib with Alex Ekubo, Venita Akpofure, Buchi Franklin and Justice Nuagbe.
He also hosts one of Africa’s largest comedy shows, AY Live featuring comedians like Bovi, Helen Paul and many other comedians. Ayo Makun is also the Chief Executive Officer for Corporate World entertainment, Nigeria. He also owns a club house. As an investor in stand-up comedy, he has influenced upcoming comedians through his AY “Open Mic Challenge”.
Awards include 2008 Comedian of the year: Diamond Awards for Comedy, Comedian of the year: Teens Favorite, Comedian of the year: MBG Abuja Merit Awards, Comedian of the year: National Daily Awards, Comedian of the year: Arsenal Award for Excellence, Comedian of the year: Mode Men of the year Awards 2009, U.N Peace Ambassador 2010, Comedian of the year: Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2013, Most creative Entrepreneur of the year, (comedy category) :C.E.A.N
Not many people know Ayo Makun, but at the mention of AY, everybody knows who you are talking about. This is because AY, as a stand-up comedian, has built his name into a brand that has broken barriers.