Nigerian entertainers are fast diversifying into other money-spinning ventures for obvious reasons, just as a number of the screen stars have found consolation in endorsements by corporate organizations – especially telecom giants that include Globacom and MTN.
Not wanting to be left out in the trend, comedian Ayo Makun is set to open a club, lounge and restaurant in Lekki, Lagos, later in the month.
The facility is rumoured to have cost the Ondo State indigene about N200m. Perhaps because of the large amount involved, some people have noted that the comedian may be fronting for someone.
He is nervous when our correspondent takes him up on this. He says, “I don’t know about whether I spent 200m on my night club, so no comment. MVP is my baby and so those that are ‘rumouring’ should also provide the name of the person who I am fronting for. The setup cost is only revealed to partners and investors.
“ I did not just wake and decide to open a night club.
This type of investment is not the type that is entered into with sleepy eyes. We did a proper feasibility study of the market and saw that there is a viable opportunity for sustained business and that is why we decided to embark on this venture.”
A.Y originally started out as a personal assistant to fellow comedian, Ali Baba. He says long before he carved an identity for himself as a comedian, it was all about Nollywood. SEE MORE ON PAGE2