Top 5 Richest Comedians In Nigeria (2023)
Comedy is a lucrative career path in Nigeria and globally.
Particularly with the crowds that gather for comedy nights and stand-up comedy events. In this article, MTC will be discussing the top 5 richest comedians in Nigeria.
Some 60 years ago, the commercialization of the comedy industry was non-existent. Today, it is the 3rd largest Entertainment industry in Nigeria (after Nollywood and Music), worth N50 billion annually.
Rich Nigerian comedians have taken it a notch higher by hosting independent comedy shows and competitions in Nigeria and abroad.
Example of such comedy shows is “Basketmouth’s Uncensored “(records N100 million annually (Vanguard, 2014)), AY’s Open Mic Competition, and Ali Baba’s Spontaneity Comedy Talent Hunt & January 1st event.
We have seen stand-up comedy nights with tickets of N1.5 million for a table of six and the cheapest going for N5k- this information eulogizes the financial stability that comes with the job.
Little wonder that top comedians in the country have become moneybags with mansions in Banana Island and vacation trips in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
5. Bovi Ugboma (Bovi)
Bovi Ugboma is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor and writer. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Bovi: Man on Fire across the globe.
Bovi began his career in April 2007, starring in the sitcom Extended Family, which he also wrote and produced.
The show was popular and fans loved it. Bovi’s net worth is said to be around N1.5 Billion naira. Some of Bovi’s cars include:
- Toyota Prado
- Hyundai Sonata
- Ford Unlimited
- Mercedes Benz G-Wagon
4. Francis Agoda (I Go Dye)
Francis Agoda (born April 4, 1979), better known by his stage name I Go Dye, is a Nigerian comedian, motivational speaker, writer, and social advocate.
He has organized various international comedy shows, including “I Go Dye Standing.”
He came up with the name I Go Dye from the similarity of the sound of his surname Agoda, I GO DYE, translates to mean initiative guide on developing youth endowment.
I Go Dye is said to be worth about N2 Billion naira. He has luxury cars like the:
- 2015 Lamborghini Aventador
- Toyota Tundra
- Range Rover
- Mercedes Benz AMG G63
- 2019 Cadilla Escalade
3. Bright Okpocha (Basket Mouth)
Bright Okpocha (born 14 September 1978 in Lagos State), better known by his stage name Basketmouth, is a Nigerian comedian and actor. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe. Comedian Basketmouth is worth nothing less than N2 Billion naira. He owns luxury cars like:
- Honda Crosstour
- Lexus LX570
- Toyota Highlander
2. Alibaba Akpobome (Alibaba)
Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, professionally known as Ali Baba, is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, master of ceremonies and actor. Ali Baba is known as “the father of the comedy business,” He’s well respected in the industry as one of the pioneers of stand-up comedy and mentoring other comedians.
After completing his academic degree in 1990, he relocated back to Lagos, to develop the comedic talent he discovered at the university. Originally, Alibaba planned to study Law but decided he could be more successful by making people laugh than by defending them. Alibaba has a net worth of N3 Billion naira. Here are some of the cars owned by comedian Alibaba:
- Mercedes E Class
- 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser
- Land Rover R3
- SUV Hummer 1
- Monster Truck
1. Ayo Makun (A.Y Comedian)
Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known by his stage name A.Y, is a Nigerian actor, comedian, radio and TV presenter, writer, producer and film director.
Born on 19 August 1971, he hails from Ifon, Ose local government in Ondo State. He is the host of the A.Y live shows and A.Y comedy skits.
His first movie, 30 Days in Atlanta was produced by him and directed by Robert O. Peters.
AY is also the CEO of Corporate World Entertainment Nigeria.
He’s currently the richest comedian in Nigeria with a net worth of over N3.2 Billion naira.
AY was able to afford some of the top luxury cars, including:
- Jaguar XJ
- Mercedes Benz G-Wagon
- AY bought himself the Mercedes G-Wagon as a birthday present in 2015
- Lexus LX570