Since entertainment got a major boost in Nigeria Comedians have been there to play a major role in the transformation of this industry. comedy shows are one of the biggest names in Nigerian entertainment as massive crowds of people are pulled annually to shows hosted by popular comedians.
From Opa William’s Night of a Thousand Laughs who gave the spotlight to comedy in Nigeria, several comedians got the breakthrough to become internationally renowned.
Richest Comedians in Nigeria in 2020 & Net Worth
Before the introduction of social media, people need to buy tickets to watch live comedy shows, or buy CDs of past comedy shows to catch up with all the fun they had missed. Currently, being a comedian is quite easy as you get a free audience thanks to social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
10. AKPORORO — Net worth: N350,000,000
Akpororo is loved by several Nigerians because of his funny facial expressions and unique singing talent which he infused into his comedy performance.
This made him swiftly enter the limelight of comedy entertainment in Nigeria. He has performed for many high-profile Nigerians, several comedies show for both contemporary and church events. He is currently worth over N350,000,000 (350 Million Naira).
9. YAW — Net worth: N400,000,000
Yaw is multitalented, he is an actor, master of ceremony, radio personality, on-air personality, and a famous stand-up comedian. He has worked with BBC and is currently an OAP for Wazobia FM.
Yaw has been featured in more than 50 stage plays in both the United Kingdom and Nigeria with his latest screenplay appearance being a Comedy series “Flat Mates” which is being aired on DSTV. Yaw is currently estimated to be worth over N400,000,000 (400 million naira).
8. GORDONS — Net worth: N550,000,000
“Hallelujah” this word has become more popular in the comedy industry thanks to Gordons and his comic audio series called “Gordons Comedy Clinic”. Gordons is one of the earliest comedians that are still active in the industry, he is also very talented and this has given him lots of endorsement deals including adverts with Glo.
He is so influential that you must see him being featured in every big comedy event in the country. Currently, Gordons is worth over N550,000,000 (550 million naira).
7. BOVI — Net worth: N700,000,000
Bovi is a popular and well-respected comedian in the Nigerian entertainment industry. He is well known across the continent and worldwide. He started his career in the early 2000s and got his first film role in the family sitcom “Family Ties”.
He has several endorsement deals and has worked with several brands like Glo, Airtel, and Luminous. Bovi has his annual comedy show called “Man on Fire” which is always sold out and has high dignitaries in attendance. Bovi is worth N700,000,000 (700 million naira) looking at his successes and amassed wealth within the years of his comedic career, Bovi is one of the finest and richest Nigerian comedians.
6. Okey Bakassi — Net worth: N850,000,000
This is veteran comedian in the industry, he was one of the first people to start comedy in Nigeria when it was not paying off. He is also a multitalented actor, TV presenter, and MC. He has had some experience in politics as he was once appointed as a senior special assistant to Imo State Governor on entertainment. He is worth N850,000,000 (850 million naira).
5. Julius Agu — Net worth: N1,500,000,000
Another veteran that is still active and well respected in the industry. He is one of the founding fathers of Nigerian comedy and played a vital role is making it well respected.
He influenced a lot of people to go into comedy. Julius Agu has been featured in several movies and comedy series and his earliest was “Paradise Park”, he is also a good musician although he doesn’t do that often. Julius Agu charge nothing less than 1.5 million to 2 million per show and his net worth is over 1,500,000,000 (1.5 billion naira), making him a worthy mention on the list of richest Nigerian comedians.
4. I Go Diev — Net worth: N1.8 Billion
Like the majority of the successful comedians in Nigeria, I Go Die is also a breakthrough product of Opa Williams’ Night of a Thousand Laughs. He made a name for himself as a comedian, got lots of money from comedy events and invested it into his real estate and construction company and he is a United Nations Millennium Development Goal Ambassador.
According to Forbes, he is worth 1,800,000,000 (1.8 billion naira) and he is one of the richest comedians in Nigeria and Africa.
3. Basket Mouth — Net worth: N2 Billion
Basket Mouth is not an unfamiliar name in the Nigerian entertainment world, he has been in the comedy industry for over 20 years now and has made a name for himself.
He has worked on adverts with several companies and currently has an endorsement deal with Glo and Amstel Malta. If you want Basket mouth to perform in your show, you have to pay nothing less than N2 million. Basket Mouth current net worth is 2,000,000,000 (2 billion naira) making him one of the richest comedy actors in Nigeria and Africa.
2. A.Y— Net worth: N2.5 Billion
Comedian, Actor, Movie Producer, and MC, Ayo Makun is one of the wealthiest comedians in Nigeria, he is very talented and this has paid off. His movies “A Trip to Jamaica” and “30 Days in Atlanta” were major successes that brought him millions of naira. A.Y has his annual comedy show and also has lots of endorsement deals. He is currently worth 2,500,000,000 (2.5 billion naira).
1. Ali Baba — Net worth: N3 Billion
On our list of the richest comedians in Nigeria is Ali Baba, at number one. Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomere aka Ali Baba is the Zeus of Nigerian comedy. He is the backbone of comedy in the country and is well respected by both veteran and new comedians.
He has performed for Senators, Governors and even some past presidents of Nigeria. He charges at least 4 million naira per event performance and he is also a motivational speaker who has been invited to many talk shows.
He currently has a comedy show which is aired on NTA every week. Ali Baba has lots of business aside comedy and according to Forbes, his estimated net worth is 3,000,000,000 (3 billion Naira).
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