Top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria 2021
Nigerian comedy is another facet of the entertainment industry in Nigeria. It has metamorphosised into a thriving industry. In this article, we list the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021.
The Nigerian comedy Industry made its debut as stand-up comedy in village squares, churches and town halls. Years back, early comedians used studios to record jokes on CD-ROM.
Today, Nigerian comedy has turned into a billion naira company. In Nigeria, they have:
- AY Live Show
- Bovi Man on Fire
- Baskethmouth Uncensored etc.
Technology is the primary factor in these developments; Nigerian comedians now use online streaming software to promote their talent.
These online streaming apps offer comedians and content creators commercial rights to earn from their products - a significant source of income for new comedians.
Live shows are another significant source of income for stand-up comedians; they earn money from ticket sales, TV rights and adverts. They have also increased their net worth from endorsement deals and promotions to become one of the richest people in the entertainment industry.
The list of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria seeks to tabulate Nigerian comedians with the highest net worth and partly reveal their source of income.
1.0 Ayo Makun aka AY - Net worth of N3.2 Billion
Ayo Makun, also known as AY, is a famous Movie producer, actor and comedian. AY made Clacified's list of the Top 10 richest comedians in Nigerian 2021 because of his significant contribution to the Nigerian comedy and entertainment industry.
AY is the richest comedian among the top ten richest comedians in Nigeria with a vast net worth.
Though AY gained prominence as a comedian and PA to Alibaba, he has featured and produced high grossing Nigerian movies like Merry men, 30 days in Atlanta, 10 days in Sun City, and a trip to Jamaica.
Asides from being the richest comedian in Nigeria, AY can easily pass as the most famous comedian in Nigeria because of his numerous comedy show - the largest in Africa.
AY has used his platform to bring up many stand up comedians in Nigeria; AY has also won numerous comedian of the year award.
AY and his wife, Mabel are blessed with a daughter, Michele.
AY's source of income
Apart from being the host and producer of AY Live, the largest comedy show in Africa, AY smiles to the bank through his numerous movie projects like 30 Days in Atlanta - the highest-grossing movie of all time in 2015.
AY also produced A trip to Jamaica - another high-grossing movie.
AY is the Chief Executive officer of Corporate world Entertainment, producing many Nigerian movies and comedy shows.
All these have increased AY's networth to make him the undisputed richest comedian in Nigeria for 2021, with a net worth of 3.2 billion Naira.
2. Ali Baba - Net worth of 3 billion Naira
It is easy to say that without Ali baba, there wouldn't be a comedy industry in Nigeria. Ali Baba was born Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome into a royal family in Warri, Delta state.
Ali baba ranks as the 2nd richest Comedian in Nigeria in 2021. Ali Baba made the list of the top richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021 because of his large estate and contribution to the Nigerian comedy industry.
Ali Baba is also the most awarded Comedian in Nigeria, with over 15 accolades to his name.
The legendary Comedian has also received the Paul Harris Fellowship (2018) by Rotary International.
Nigerian Comedian Ali Baba with his wife, Mary Akpobome.
Ali Baba's source of income
Ali Baba has earned so much money increasing his net worth to become the second richest comedian in Nigeria in 2021. He is estimated to be worth at least 3 billion Naira.
He is the founder and owner of Alibaba Hicuppuray 3rd, a registered company devoted to his activities as a comedian.
Ali baba has been honoured by many institutions like the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
All these have helped him earn so much money to become one of the richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021.
3. Basketmouth - Net Worth of N2.1 Billion
Basketmouth made clacified's list of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021 based on his net worth. He began his career in entertainment by venturing into rap music before his journey into comedy.
Basketmouth studied sociology and anthropology at the University of Benin.
Nigerian Comedian, basket mouth with his wife and kids.
Basketmouth's source of income
Basketmouth is known for hosting popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth uncensored, which has been a success across the globe.
He is also a regular appearance in the Africa Magic Show 'My Flatmates'. Basketmouth also started his comedy mini-series titled 'Papa Banji', which premiers on YouTube.
The Nigerian comedian also owns Barons World Entertainment record label, a record label that launched his debut music album.
Basketmouth has an estimated net worth of 2.1 billion naira as of 2021, making him the 3rd richest Nigerian comedian.
4. I Go Dye - Net Worth of N2 Billion
Francis Agoda, AKA I go Dye is a famous Nigerian comedian who ranks as the 4th richest comedian among the top ten richest comedians in Nigeria 2021.
The name 'I Go DYE' stands for Initiative guide on developing youth endowment.
The famous comedian from Delta hosts many comedy shows under his label 'Igodye standing' comedy shows.
I Go Dye met the first executive Governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru as a young child after his exhibition of hovercraft ship, radio transmitter, hairdryer, projector, electric, solar table fan and flying helicopter.
The feat made him the first African child to have built a flying helicopter and moving hovercraft ship. I Go Dye secured a scholarship to study structural engineering at New York University.
He used his comedy and publications to describe the problems faced by people in the rural areas while growing up.
I Go Dye has continued to champion a new leadership in Nigeria through open letters to President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar.
I Go Dye's source of income
As the 4th richest comedian among the top ten richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021, I Go Dye has gathered significant wealth that increased his net worth.
At the early stage of his career, I Go Dye secured a contract from Prest Motel in Benin City to perform as a stand-up comedian.
I Go Dye starred in Africa biggest comedy show, Night of A thousand laughs, during its 2000 edition.
In 2015 he got a contract from NIDOE France to perform at the UNESCO Cultural Week in Paris; he has also performed alongside Akon, Boyz II Men, 50-Cent, Rick Ross, The Game, and Kelly Rowland.
5. Bovi Ugboma - Net Worth of N1.5 Billion
Among the top ten richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021 is Bovi. Bovi is a comedian, TV presenter, actor and host. Bovi is the 5th richest comedian in Nigeria for 2021.
His career has been a story of success and fame. Bovi Ugboma is a native of Delta state Nigeria and had his breakthrough in the Nigerian entertainment industry through his popular sitcom, 'Extended family'.
Bovi wrote and produced the sitcom in 2007, which received a positive review in 2008.
He has been a famous face during the headies award; he has been a regular host - four (4) times in a row.
Bovi Ugboma share three children with his wife, Kris Asimonye Ugboma.
Bovi's source of income
Bovi's debut sitcom, Extended Family, was a success that brought him to the limelight. As a comedian, Bovi has successfully hosted Bovi Man on Fire.
From 2014 to 2019, Bovi Man on Fire has been a success across Lagos and different cities in the United States, London, Melbourne, and Toronto.
Bovi's first movie, It's Her Day', premiered on 9 September 2016; the film raised over 55 million in cinemas.
In 2018, the great comedian started his miniseries 'Back to School', which airs on youtube. The miniseries Banana Republic is another film work owned by Bovi Ugboma - all on YouTube.
Bovi's talent, creativity and effort have earned huge wealth to become one of the richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021.
His franchise and YuTube rights are a stable income source that increased his net worth to 1.6 Billion Naira.
6. Julius Agwu - Net worth of N800 Million
Julius Agwu is one of the pioneers of Nigerian comedy. He is one of the early Nigerian comedians that earned so much wealth to increase their net worth.
The great old-time comedian is the sixth richest comedian among Nigeria's top ten richest comedians in 2021.
Julius Agwu was born and raised in Port-Harcourt city. He started his career as a stage actor before his breakthrough in the comedy industry.
The old fashion comedian studied Theater Arts at the University of Port Harcourt.
Julis Agwu with his wife, Ibiere Agwu, after a successful Brain Surgery (12th May 2015).
Julius Agwu's source of income
Being listed among the top ten richest comedians in Nigeria, many will be wondering about Julius Agwu's source of income. The comedian is the CEO of Reellaif Limited, a music and movie production company.
The position has earned him a huge net worth of N800 million, a big amount, to become the sixth richest comedian in Nigeria in 2021.
Julius Agwu was also the producer behind successful comedy shows like Crack Ya Ribs, Laff 4 Christ's Sake and Festival of Love.
7. Okey Bakassi - Net Worth of N600 million
Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, popularly known as Okey Bakassi, was born on October 23, 1969. He is the 7th richest comedian in Nigeria.
Okey Bakassi Is a stand-up comedian and an actor ranking among the richest comedians in Nigeria for 2021. The Nollywood actor and comedian studied at River State University of Science & Technology.
He participated in many comedy shows during his school days, entertaining the whole university. The school comedy shows helped him pursue his career in acting.
Okey Bakassi won many awards in the entertainment industry, including the "Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo)" category at the 2014 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards.
Okey Bakassi's source of income
Okey Bakassi has earned so much money that pushed his net worth to a big amount through TV presentation, acting, MC and comedian.
The famous Nollywood superstar has hosted multiple shows as a stand-up comedian or MC. When appointed as the Special Senior Assistant to the Imo State Governor on entertainment, Okey Bakassi also entered the political terrain where he earned another huge income.
His past political seat and career have helped him earn N600 million net worth to become one of the richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021.
Okey Bakassi with his wife, Zizi.
8. Gbenga Adeyinka - Net Worth of N500 Million
On Clacified's top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria for 2020, Gbenga Adeyinka ranks as the 8th richest comedian in Nigeria.
Gbenga Adeyinka, born in Ogun state, tags himself as GCON (Grand Comedian of Nigeria). He studied English at the University of Lagos.
The great comedian speaks different Nigerian languages, which has improved his success in the comedy industry.
Gbenga Adeyinka's Source of Income
Gbenga Adeyinka has worked as an anchor for different TV stations like AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, and Africa Magic.
Adeyinka has also spearheaded many rich ceremonies within and outside Nigeria. He is the first comedian to publish a comedy magazine (Laffmattazz) in Nigeria.
In August 2020, Adeyinka went into farming and started a new food company called Aduni Adeyinka foods, which helped increase his net worth to N500 million becoming the 8th richest comedian in Nigeria.
Gbenga Adeyinka became popular with his shine shine bobo promo for 'Star Game Show.
9. Gordons - Net Worth of N400 million
Godwin Komone is a Nigerian comedian popularly known as Gordons. Gordons is the 9th richest comedian among the top ten richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021.
Gordons is a native of the Urhobo, a tribe in Delta state Nigeria.
The famous comedian emerged and became popular when the popular Delta state-based Gospel music comedy group known as D.C Envoy came into prominence.
He worked as a pastor before his breakthrough in stand-up comedy that earned him so much money.
Gordons' source of income
Gordons has hosted many comedy shows that have earned him so much wealth to become one of the richest comedians in Nigeria, including Gordons Comedy Clinic, with more than 4 editions to his name.
He has been a regular in AY Live Shows, A Night of a Thousand Laughs and several others. Gordons has also anchored many comedy shows and events within and outside Nigeria.
Meet the 9th Richest Comedian in Nigeria 2021.
10. Akpororo - Net worth of N350 Million
Bowoto Jephthah Oluwatiseyifumi Tanimola was born on October 3, 1989. Bowoto, popularly known as Akpororo, is the 10th richest Comedian in Nigeria for 2021.
From an impoverished background, the rich comedian made his money through his comedy career to become one of the richest comedians in Nigeria in 2021.
Akpororo, a native of Ondo state, was born and brought up in Warri, Delta. He began his career as a local gospel musician around 2008 before pursuing a career in comedy after moving to Lagos.
Akpororo won AY's Open Mic Challenge in his second trial; he then came to the limelight in 2013 after performing in "Basketmouth's Laff and Jam" show.
The comedian is married to Josephine Ijeoma Abraham - a lady from Enugu state, Nigeria.
Nigerian comedian, Akpororo with his wife.
Akpororo's Source of Income
Akpororo has performed regularly in AY Live shows. The talented singer has used his gift to host events and stand-up comedy.
One thing that has increased his net worth to become the 10th richest comedian in Nigeria is his 2-year endorsement deal with Airtel Nigeria.
He has also bagged many ambassador deals since he came into prominence, like the Fedan Investment Limited (FIL) ambassadorship deal.
He has made so much money from his career to become one of the richest comedians in Nigeria, with an estimated networth of N350,000.
From the above list of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria 2021, many Nigerian comedians grew up in Warri. The pidgin English spoken in the Niger Delta could be a factor.
The list of the top 10 richest comedians is proof that the Nigerian comedy industry has been thriving for the past 15 years and may continue along with the same trend.