Whiteniche.com presents to your the most recently complied list of “the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria” with their pictures, net worth in USD (United States Dollars), source of wealth, and many other interesting facts.
Meanwhile, the question “who are the top 10 Richest Comedians In Nigeria?” is a puzzle that need to be answered with much clarity and precision. The reason for this, is to avoid misleading the general public and indeed the entire world on the true positions of things as it regards the Nigerian Comedy industry which is reputed the most lucrative and interesting in the whole of Africa Continent.
There is no arguing the fact that stand-up comedians have existed in Nigeria from time immemorial, in the form of village spokesmen, especially at ceremonial occasions. But the modern trend we are experience today in Nigeria and in Africa at large can be best attributed to the stand-up comedy genre which arise to be a veritable medium of live artistic entertainment. This nevertheless started with legendary Opa Williams’ “Night of a Thousand Laughs,” which later metamorphosed to changed to what we are witnessing today.
Earlier before the introduction of the modern system of comedy in Nigeria and by extension the entire Africa continent in general, stand-up comedians that existed in our local villages and towns in Nigeria and in other Africa countries, usually converge in the form of village spokesmen, especially at ceremonial occasions.
They usually add color to social occasions, to the admiration of those gathered for such events. This is to the extent that some people even show appreciation by giving such spokesmen ‘dash’ money. Sometimes, they even solicit for such dash, threatening not to talk again, unless somebody ‘opened’ their mouthsThe Rise of Stand-up Comedy Genre in Nigeria: From Nothing to Something in Artistic Entertainment by Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, PhD
Until 1970s. comedians in Nigeria and by extension in the entire African continent barely make their daily food. The live at the instance of people who make caricature of them as the most irresponsible people in the society. In-fact, at that time, one cannot proudly admit being a comedian, as they were not widely recognized, respected or even given a place of honor in their own society.
The traditional Africa System though loves humor and oratorical prowess of their men and women, but does not in any way take into cognizance that one can still make comedy a source of livelihood.
Meanwhile, today, comedians in Nigeria and by extension in Africa are seen as not only part of the most important parts of the society but also among the top richest, respected, and privileged people in the society.
In this article therefore, we have compiled the most comprehensive list of the Top 10 Richest Comedians In Nigeria and their net worth in United States Dollars (USD) and also it approximate in the Nigerian Naira.
The List of Top 10 Richest Comedians In Nigeria.
In the main time here are the top richest Comedians in Nigeria and their Net worth in Nigeria Naira(₦) and in United States Dollars($)
No 1. Ali Baba
His full name is Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome. He was once a bus conductor in Delta State but he is currently an actor and a comedian in Nigeria.
He ranks the richest Comedian in Nigeria with the net worth of 8.3 Million USD which is equivalent to 3 billion Nigerian Naira.
Ali Baba completed his academic degree in 1990 and relocated back to Lagos Nigeria, where he developed his comedic talent. In one of his interview he admitted of wanting to study Law but later decided to make his fortune by making people laugh than by defending them.
Ali Baba has performed in several corporate events, he has also appeared on television shows with Patrick Doyle, Charly Boy and Danladi Bako. He also make cameo appearances on radio shows with Bisi Olatilo, Sani Irabor and Mani Onumonmu.
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In 1991 Ali Baba worked with Dapo Adelegan of DP Lekki Limited as executive assistant.
As at current, he has made his fortune as the richest of all the comedians in Nigeria. He is also the richest comedians in Africa continent at large.
Ali Baba also serves as a Master of Ceremony at several top events of the governments, associations, companies, and business cadres.
He managed to build his company Alibaba Hicuppuray 3rd to enhance the perception of comedians as a profession and a respected way of life. The company gives him millions of Naira on monthly basis.
Ali Baba has been a professional stand up comedian for the past 30 years and has received several awards.
No 2. AY
His real name is Ayodeji Richard Makun. He is the former Alibaba Akporobome’s personal assistant and event manager. AY is currently independent.
He studied theater arts in Delta State University, Abraka, (in Nigeria) 2003. He later graduated after nine years in the university from where he went to pursue his career in comedy.
Meanwhile AY has featured in some many filmography, Tv and radio shows, he is columnist and also a script writer. He is the the person that wrote “A.Y wire”
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For now AY is has the reputation of hosting the African largest comedy show which usually attracts big comedians all over Africa and in Diaspora.
The show also have attracted to him great financial fortune and many awards.
He was made a U.N Peace Ambassador in 2009 after winning six awards in 2008.
AY is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Corporate World Entertainment Nigeria.
His net worth is 6.9 million USD which is almost equivalent to 2.5 billion Nigerian Naira.
No 3. Basketmouth
His real name is Bright Okpocha but he is better known by his stage name Basketmouth. He is the fourth richest comedian in Nigeria.
Basketmouth has the reputation of organizing several popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe. Through this popular comedy concert which he normally organizing across the glob, he has being able to investing heavily on private business and has since made a great financial fortune.
Basketmouth studied sociology and anthropology with his brother Godwin at University of Benin, Nigeria. But he completed his primary and secondary education in Lagos State Nigeria.
As a comedian and also an actor, he has featured in several Tv and radio shows, such as Africa Magic show ‘My Flatmates’ (2016), and many more.
As a successful wealthy comedian businessman, he was able to host of one the top richest Nigerian Billionaire Femi Otedola in his home in highbrow Lekki, Lagos.
Femi Otedola is a high profiled Nigerian Billionaire Businessman who is the Chairman of Forte Oil PLC.
Basketmouth Net Worth estimated at 6.1 million USD which is almost equivalent to 2.2 billion Nigerian Naira.
NO. 4. I go Die
His real name is Francis Agoda, while his stage name is I go Die.
I go Die is a Nigerian visionary comedian, motivational speaker, writer and social crusader. He artistry prowess has earned him too many awards including African Best Comedian. I go Die has promote global peace and child welfare through his visionary talent and has earned great financial fortune from it.
For instance he was able to build a mansion worth over 200 million Nigeria naira which is almost equivalent to 560,000 USD. The name of the mansion is ‘Golden Eye Castle’ which was launched in honor of his mother. The dedication of the mansion attracted several dignitaries including Apostle Johnson Suleiman the senior pastor and general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, a church with its headquarters in Auchi, Edo State, the immediate past Governor of Edo State who doubles as the current chairman of the largest political party in Africa, All Progress Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and even many others prominent people.
I GO DIE imbibed the name I Go dye from the similarity of the sound of his is surname Agoda. The name has become a household name in the Nigerian comedy industry.
I GO DIE have build some many connections with politicians, captains of industries and businessmen. He has once been spotted making Olusegun Obasanjo the former president of Nigeria to laugh in a comedy show.
Similarly, he has also been featured in the MTV Africa Music Awards. He has also performed in opening and closing shows of various notable musicians including Akon, Boyz II Men, 50-Cent, Rick Ross, The Game, and Kelly Rowland.
Comedian I GO DIE net worth is estimated at 5.5 million USD which is almost equivalent to 2 billion Nigeria naira.
NO 5. Mark Angel and Emmanuella
Emmanuella entered into comedy when she was only five years old. Her uncle Mark Angel is a Nigerian comedian and video producer, best known for the Mark Angel Comedy series. The family have made great financial fortune by monetizing their YouTube channel.
In 2016, Emmanuella won the award for Top Subscribed Creator from YouTube at the inaugural edition of the Sub-Saharan African YouTube Awards.
Similarly, In 2018, Emmanuella was invited to the National Assembly by Senate President Bukola Saraki on account of her landing role in a Disney film.
Emmanuella and her uncle Mark Angel has won so many award in comedy both within and outside Africa. The duo are emergency billionaires who made their money through comedy. Emmanuella also won the Best New Comedienne & Princess of Comedy awards at the Afro-Australia Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA)
Similarly, In 2018, Emmanuella was invited to the National Assembly by Senate President Bukola Saraki on account of her landing a role in a Disney film.
Emmanuella and her uncle Mark Angel has won so many award in comedy both withing and outside Africa. The duo are emergency billionaires who made their money through comedy. She also won the Best New Comedienne & Princess of Comedy awards at the Afro-Australia Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA).
Emmanuella also won the Best New Comedienne & Princess of Comedy awards at the Afro-Australia Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA)
Emmanuella and Mark Angel are from from Imo State but they live in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Emmanuella and her uncle Mark net worth is estimated at 3.5millon USD which is almost equivalent to 1.2 billion Nigerian Naira.
NO. 6 Bovi
His full name is Bovi Ugboma. He is a Nigerian comedian, actor, and writer Delta State.
Bovi is famous for organizing popular stand-up comedy concerts like Bovi Man on Fire across the globe.
Bovi on an interview admitted that he officially started his career in 2007 and since then, he has written several sitcoms and organized popular concerts. He also mainted that he started his stand-up comedy Man on Fire in 2013 in Nigeria and across the globe.
Bovi attended UNIBEN staff school for his primary education. He later enrolled into Government college, Ughelli in Delta State but was removed from boarding house because of his stuborness and transferred to Edokpolor grammar school in Benin city by his parents, where he was to lived with them. Bovi was later moved to his third secondary school, Boys model secondary school, Onicha-Olona.
Since 2007, Bovi has featured in so many TV and radio shows, while his first movie was “It’s Her Day” on the 9th of September which was produced in 20016.
Bovi got nominated for the AMVCA awards as the best actor in comedy; his third individual nomination since the inception of the AMVCA and the fourth from his works. The movie, though lacking in mainstream publicity went on to have a decent run in the cinemas and grossed 55 million naira at the box office.More on Punch…
Bovi net worth is estimated at 4 million USD which is almost equivalent to 1.4 billion Nigerian Naira.
Bovi has won so many awards including Ben tv awards comedian of the year, Comedian of the year 2014, 2015, 2016 Naija comedy awards etc.
NO. 7. Okey Bakassi
His full name is Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, but he is popularly known by his stage name Okey Bakassi.
Okey Bakassi is famous for being a Nigerian actor and an indispensable part of a Nigerian stand-up comedian.
Just like every other notable comedians in Nigeria, he has won and also been nominated for many award both in Nigeria and at Diaspora. For instance he won the “Best Actor in a Leading Role” category at the 2014 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in the film Onye Ozi. Similarly, he was also Nominated for a Nollywood Movie Award for Best Lead Actor in an Indigenous Language.
Okey Bakassi is the seventh richest comedian in Nigeria with the net worth of 1.1 million USD which is almost equivalent to 400 million Nigerian Naira.
NO. 8. Akpororo
His real name is Jephthah Bowoto but his stage name is Akpororo.
Akpororo is one of the top fashionista comedians in Nigeria. He is exceptional for his choice of dressing and comedy. As a Nigerian comedian, he has always participated in the Nigerian stand-up comedy. He is also a good vocalist and actor.
Akpororo is the number eight in the list of the top richest comedians in Nigeria with the net worth of 560,000 USD, an amount which is almost equivalent to 250 million Nigerian Naira.
Though native of Ilaje, Ondo State, Nigeria he was born and brought up in Warri, a city in Delta State, Nigeria where he had his early education.
Akpororo became famous in 2013 following his performance at “Basketmouth’s Laff and Jam” show. Since then, he have always been at the top list of the most successful comedians in Nigeria.
NO. 9. Julius Agwu
Julius Agwu is another hilarious and talented comedian in Nigeria. He is one of the oldest comedians in the country. Although he has witnessed some set backs because of his initial ill health, he is still in the list of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria.
Julius Agwu has a net worth estimate of 400,000 USD, which is almost equivalent to 140 million Nigeria Naira.
Agwu once had a critically tumors in his brain but has now recovered.
According to him in an interview:
I died here in Nigeria but woke up when they were taking me to the mortuary. That was the first time I had a seizure in my house but my wife stood by me. God would keep on blessing my wife; I believe that God gave me my wife and I always thank him for her.
Julius Agwu has mentored so many top Nigerian comedians including Basket mouth.
According to him, he started comedy with Alibaba and other old comedians in Nigeria.
There where many posters in 2015 depicting that comedian Julius Agwu would run for the governorship post of River state but the comedian could not later show forth his intension in the general state gubernatorial elections for that year.
NO. 10. Gbenga Adeyinka
Gbenga Adeyinka is a multi-award-winning Nigerian actor, comedian, radio and TV presenter, writer, and MC.
As a comedian he is the proud founder of “Laffmattaz”, a popular show that gives him lots money.
Gbenga Adeyinka hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State and he usually refers to himself as CFR and now GCON.
His net worth is estimated at 300,000 USD, an amount that is almost equivalent to 108 million Nigeria naira.
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