How I lost N500 million opening a non-smoking night club – AY Comedian shares his life challenges

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Ayo Makun, better known by his stage name AY, has spoken out about losing 500 million Naira to a nightclub business that did not allow smoking.

During a recent interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, he stated that the nightclub failed after a large investment.

According to AY, his wife advised him against the decision, but he ignored her advice, which he later regretted.

He described how he would go to the club on Fridays and find it empty, not realizing that having a club where people don’t smoke is bad for that type of business.

The comedian explained that he made it a non-smoking club because whenever he and his wife went to clubs, she always returned with her hair smelling of smoke.

The stand-up comedian said he was motivated to do it because he could fill event centers with comedy shows.

He said:

“I woke up one day and I said to myself, ‘it’s time to open a nightclub’, ‘AY, if you can gather 6,000 people at Eko Hotel, what’s in a club that you can’t just gather 100 to 200 people buying drinks I think God just wanted me to know that ‘this one is not your calling’, ‘you are the one calling yourself’.

“It is good to have the right partner, my wife was strongly against it. I said, ‘No, it is good for networking and PR’. Shout out to all the guys who are doing it and getting it right.

“But I thought then that when I come, I am just going take all of them out of the market. It was a huge investment running to about N500 million.

“We put everything in place, the staff strength was solid, the interior was crazy and I will go there every Friday, I will look at the door and I am not seeing people coming. The opening was grand and massive. I started with a non-smoking club; I didn’t know that all these things go together.

“The wise ones will call me, and I will tell them that sometimes when I take my wife to the club when we get back her hair will be smelling of smoke, and women should have their wigs neat’. Long story short, I saw my ‘period’, it was very bad”.

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