Nigerian comedian and events host Basketmouth has spoken about not making enough money from his online ventures as a result of internet troubles in Nigeria.
While speaking at the Nigeria Entertainment Conference which held at the Landmark Events Centre in Lagos on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the entertainer explained the challenges posed by unaffordability of internet plans in Nigeria vis-à-vis the success of online platforms.
Basketmouth and wife, Elsie Okpocha during their wedding in 2010. Credit: Bellanaija.
Basketmouth who has a Youtube channel stated that the figures from traffic could be higher on his platform hence helping him generate more revenue if internet was more affordable in the country.
He said: “Here, we have the numbers, I’m talking of about 200 million people that want to watch these things [online] but their problem is data. It’s expensive. So if data becomes cheap then more viewers you get, more money you make.
“My Youtube channel is monetized but the amount I make is nothing to be proud of. The insights on who’s watching shows like 60% from the UK and people from the US, then the rests are from South Africa, Europe and some other countries, Nigeria is actually a little fraction. And that’s where the audience is, unfortunately they can’t afford to watch. They want to but they can’t, which is the reason why they go back to buying pirated CDs.”
Basketmouth is a seasoned Nigerian comedian and brand ambassador whose influence has seen him enjoy considerable successes over the years in Nigerian entertainment.
The award winning comedian is married to Elsie Okpocha. The pair tied the knot on Saturday, November 6, 2010 and the union is blessed with children.