Basket Mouth Pens Tender Apology Over His Controversial Rape Joke

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Nigerian comedian Basket Mouth has swiftly moved to apologize over his controversial joke on rape that reportedly got him stripped off his role as an EU ambassador to sex and gender-based violence in Nigeria.

The comedian recently came under fire from social media users and African commentators after his 2014 joke on relationship  — where he said a little rape may be required on the ninth date to get laid with African women as they’re known to hold out more than their white counterpart who give in after a handful of dates — was ill-recieved and dimmed not funny by the populous.

Basket Mouth took to his instagram page on December 2, 2019 to pen a lengthy letter of apology alongside a picture depicting the faces of several African women of different ages whom he said are the most important people in his life

His applogy reads:

“Almost every morning in the blogs, on the news, there’s a picture of a man sitting on the floor pleading, the caption is usually in the line of ‘its the devils handwork’ and the topic is from underage defilement, rape or brutality against a woman or minor. I live in this same world with my most prized possessions my wife, my two daughters, my sisters and women who have built me into the man I am.

I was recently presented an opportunity to create awareness on the efforts of the EU to bring support to fighting this scourge, it was a no-brainer for me. I refused any compensation for it and volunteered to lend my voice because….its our fight, it’s not for the EU…its for my girls’ future.

Unfortunately, a few years ago I shared up a Facebook post that I thought was shedding light through humor to the entitled crude and very present behavioral patterns of some African men who equate spending to sexual favors, but I also realized then that women actually have to face this daily and its harrowing and I deeply apologized for it

I sincerely pray that this does not take away from the most important fight of our lives….the fight to secure our future…because the girl child is our future. I strongly appreciate the EU for this amazing platform to improve our lot, as long as the message reaches the ears of those who need it, then it’s a win. To every woman – our mothers, sisters, lovers, wives, crowns, supporters, prayer partners, foundation, life…. thank you for being who you are. So many times you sacrifice who you are for a man to become who he wants to be. It’s time we all love and and also support you like you do us….cos in your light, we all shine.”

Photo Credit: Instagram

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