Comedy as an entertainment has taken a centre stage in the Nigerian entertainment industry with the emergence of gifted, talented young men and women taking the lead.
Comedy as a career in Nigeria was initially relegated to the background, as a place for never do well and for not serious-minded persons. This platform has been able to put the youths on a serious footing and today, comedians entertain their fans or audience and they have become very rich smiling to the bank.
The top richest and most gifted comedians in Nigeria are:
- Alibaba is his popular name but has his real name as Alibaba Akpobome. He is widely believed as the father of comedy in Nigeria.
A graduate of Ambrose Alli University, he has hosted several events for dignitaries including past Nigerian President Obasanjo and good friend as well as business mogul in the likes of Dangote, Otedola and many others where he is handsomely paid.
Alibaba has a mansion in Lekki valued at about N350 million Naira as well as chains of businesses in Lagos and other states in Nigeria.
He is gifted with oratory speeches which has earned him huge fortune in the comedy industry.
His charges are relatively high and indeed for a class of business celebrities and Politicians and those in the corridors of power. For instance, he collects as much as 3 to 4 million for an average of 2 hours per show or event.
One cannot therefore talk about comedy in Nigeria without mentioning Alibaba and is rated one of the richest if not the richest and most gifted comedian in Nigeria with a net worth of about $10 million dollars.
- Basketmouth whose real name is Bright Okpocha was born 14 September 1978 in Lagos State, but hails from Abia State, Nigeria.
He is a Nigerian comedian who made the list of top 10 richest and most gifted. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe.
Basketmouth hosted a comedy challenge on Instagram, called the Two Things Challenge which sparked an uproar from fans, after a young fan posted a video of him saying obscene things relating to sex, with a child in close view in the video.
Basketmouth aside the numerous awards and nominations has again bagged Pan African 2nd Comedian of the year Award 2018.
He has a number of Jeeps and other assets to his name and won the hearts of Nigerians and non Nigerians alike with a net worth of well over 2 billion Naira.
- Bovi Ugboma, is a comedian popularly known as Bovi. He was born on 25 September 1979, in Benin Benin City, Edo State Nigeria. Heis a Nigerian comedian from Delta State, Nigeria.
He is hilarious, skillful, creative, gifted and highly talented comedian and is often referred to as one of the most funny comedians in Nigeria and in Africa.
He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Bovi Man on Fire across the globe.
He was nominated for the Best Comic Actor at Nigerian Entertainment (AMVCA) awards as the best actor in comedy.
Bovi is also a Glo Ambassador and signed a multi million Naira contract with MTN Nigeria.
Bovi is regarded as one of the richest comedian in Nigeria with net worth of about $3 million dollars.
- AY Ayodeji Richard Makun popularly known as AY is a veteran comedian, event manager, and master of ceremony. He is rated one of the richest and most gifted comedians in Nigeria. He has anchored many events both within and outside Nigeria.
Born on the 19th of August, 1971 in Lagos, AY hails from Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State in South Western Nigeria, but grew up in Warri, Delta State.
AY has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts in 2003, MVP and CEO of Computer World Entertainment. 1st Movie “30 days in Atlanta” was directed by Hollywood Movie director, Robert Peters. This movie featured prominently in Nollywood, Hollywood and Ghanian celebrities. It was shot in Lagos, Accra and New York.
He shots most of his movies in Georgia in the U.S.A, South Africa and other countries.
AY rose to his prominence after performing at the “Night of a Thousand Laugh” a comedy show hosted by Opa Williams. He is the current host of AY live show, AY comedy skits and AY Cribs feature prominently in YouTube.
This highly talented, skillful and creative man has won many awards including Comedian of the year: Teens Favourite in 2008, Best Comedian at the City People Entertainment awards 2019 and Most Creative Comedian in Nigerian and the Entertainment awards 2010 and many others.
Today, he is reputed to have owned one of the biggest and most comfortable Club houses in Nigeria especially in Lagos.
His net worth as a comedian in Nigeria is placed at over $5 million.
- I Go Dye is a comedian whose real name is Francis Agoda. He is a Nigerian Comedian with a vision.
Born 4 April 1979 in Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria, he grew up at Okpara water side with his grand Mother, Queen Agnes.
He featured prominently in Africa biggest comedy show Night of A thousand laughs 2000 year edition and made the comedy show popular and widely accepted.
His brilliant performance eventually earned him honour by the producer of Nite Of A Thousand Laugh. Mr. Opa Williams later referred to him as the most outstanding comedian to have been on Night of a Thousand laugh stage for a decade.
He owns a Revamp Construction Company, a real estate and road construction company.
He is an Ambassador to the United Nations Millennium Development Goal with a net worth of about N1.5 billion.
- Julius Agwu: is another comedian rated one of the richest and most gifted comedians in Nigeria with about a million fans.
He is said to be the Chief Executive Officer of Real Laff Entertainment and author of a Motivational book. The book launch which earned him over N20,000,000, had the lion share launch by the then Rivers State, Governor Amaechi with the sum of N10,000,000.
Julius Agwu had a deal with Lucozade Company to go for young talents in comedy in Nigeria tagged “Young Talents Hunt”. The deal was very successful which has brought out young talented Nigerians to the limelight of comedy.
Julius Agwu is said to have properties spread across the country with a net worth of over N1.5 billion.
- OkeyBakassi is another very rich Nigerian comedian. He was born October 23, 1969 and had a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the River State University of Science & Technology.
Okey Bakassi has received many awards including the “Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo)” category at the 2014 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in the film Onye Ozi.
Recently, he was made Senior Special Assistant on entertainment to Imo State government. He has anchored most government events like the Rivers State Anniversary programmes.
Okey Bakassi is known to be very funny, highly outspoken and rich with a net Worth of about $5 million dollars.
- Teju Babyface: Whose real name is Gbadewonuola Olateju Oyelakin was born in Lagos on January 20, 1979. He is very talented, gifted and a successful Nigerian Comedian, a motivator and has been described as KingTalk Show Host.
Teju is a product of Corona School Apapa, Federal Government College Ogbomoso and the University of Lagos where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Insurance.
Within a short time of his career in comedy, Teju Babyface has achieved so much.
He is an Ambassador to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Nigeria with a focus on Decent Work & Economic Growth. He equally runs a company called Visus Projects.
He created a project “Minding Your Talent”, an initiative to help upcoming young Nigerians and indeed Africans at large to achieve career success.
Lead founder and mentor at the Mentorship Foundation Africa (formerly known as the Teju Babyface Mentorship Academy).
Teju Babyface set up The Teju Babyface Show. The show is currently doing very well and has played host to celebrities and personalities including Music Icon, Chief Sunny Ade, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the current Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the late Raski Mono, the former Lagos State Governor’s wife, Fashola and many other notable figures in the society.
In June 2017, he introduced his mentoring academy website, the Teju Babyface Mentorship Academy. The website is designed to groom upcoming young Nigerians to solve problems for humanity and achieve success (for themselves) in the process.
In 2017, Teju Babyface published the book, Secrets of the Streets in which he brought out 23 Secrets for Achieving Success with Talents.
In 2018, Teju also came up with yet another inspirational book, Forget Principles, Find a Mentor: How to Connect with the People Who Will Help You Get From Where You Are to Where You Need to Be in Life. The book is to encourage the youths to embrace hard work and diligence as the surest way to success rather than look up to a mentor that may not really be there.
Teju Babyface who recently acquired Range Rover Sport has by this achievement joined the league of showbiz stars who cruise around in luxurious automobile
Teju is married to Oluwatobiloba Banjoko in 2012 and the marriage is blessed with twins.
Teju Babyface is rated one of the richest and most gifted comedian in Nigeria with a net worth of about $3 million dollars.
- Gbenga Adeyinka is another popular Nigerian comedian with a difference. He is widely believed to be friend to top Nigerian politicians who in turn have found him worthy and useful.
He has numerous businesses and properties across Nigeria and hosts Laffmataz show with about 5000 fans in attendance per show.
His net worth is well over $3 million dollars.
- Akpororo, is another top 10 richest and most gifted Nigerian comedian. He is also a vocalist and an actor who hails from Ilaje, Ondo State Nigeria.
Akpororo’s unique way of comedy is basically the fusion of circular and church-related jokes.
In an interview, he revealed that he performs and cracks jokes about lunatics because he used to attend to mentally disturbed people who came to the church for counselling and for spiritual healing.
In June 2015, he signed a 2-year endorsement deal with telecommunication giants Airtel Nigeria.
Akpororo has won many awards to his credit and is indeed one of the richest and most gifted comedians with a net worth of over $3 million dollars.
To sum up, these top 10 richest and most gifted comedians are indeed a reference point and the platform created by them will continue to act as ladder for the upcoming Nigerian youths who have been looking up to them for growth in the comedy business.