#NollywoodSpotlight: Ayo Makun 

Ayo Makun (Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known by his stage name A.Y) is a multi-award-winning Nigerian actor, comedian, radio and T.V presenter, actor, writer, director and MC. Born on August 19, He hails from Ifon, Ose local government in Ondo State but prefers to be known as a ‘Warri boy’. 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 C.E.O of Corporate World Entertainment Nigeria. 

Ayo Makun attended Delta State University, Abraka. He graduated (after spending nine years) in 2003 as the most celebrated 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 other 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 one of the biggest and most comfortable Club houses in Nigeria. As an investor in stand-up comedy, he has influenced upcoming comedians through his AY “Open Mic Challenge”.

Ayo has featured in movies like Being Mrs a Elliot a movie by Omoni Oboli, his own movies, 30 Days in Atlanta and A Trip to Jamaica and in Nollywood’s biggest box office hit The Wedding Party by Mo Abudu. He also has an upcoming movie which is yet to be released titled “10 Days in SunCity” 

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