Top 10 richest Comedians in Nigeria 2021

Franklin Izuchukwu
By Franklin Izuchukwu

Get to know the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria 2021, read on about the source of income and net worth of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria 2021.

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
  • Maskethmouth 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. Nigerian comedians also increase their net worth from endorsement deals and promotion.

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.

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 which has also produced many Nigerian movies and comedy shows.

The above makes AY 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 won'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 for 2021. Ali Baba made the list of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria for 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 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.

The above echoes his strides in the comedy industry - evidence he has amassed wealth and recognition.

Ali Baba is estimated to be worth at least 3 billion Naira.

3. Basketmouth - Net Worth of N2.1 Billion

Bright Okpocha, AKA Basketmouth, hails from Abia state in Nigeria. The UNIBEN graduate is a known brand and the 3rd richest comedian in Nigeria 2021.

Basketmouth made clacified's list of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria 2021 based on his net worth. Basketmouth 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 hosts popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth uncensored, which has been a success across the globe.

Basketmouth 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.

Basketmouth also owns the record label Barons World Entertainment - a record label that launched his debut music album.

Basketmouth has an estimated Net worth of 2.1 Billion Naira as of 2021 and is 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 in Nigeria 2021.

The name 'I Go DYE' stands for Initiative guide on developing youth endowment.

The Deltan comedian hosts the '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.

I go Dye 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 in Nigeria for 2021, I Go Dye has amassed significant wealth.

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

Also in our list o top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria 2021 is Bovi. Bovi is a comedian, TV presenter, actor and host. Bovi is the 5th richest comedian in Nigeria for 2021.

Bovi's 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 by 2008.

Bovi 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 grossed over 55 million in cinemas.

In 2018, Bovi 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.

The above sources of income elevated Bovi to Clacified's list of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria for 2021.

Bovi's franchise and youtube rights are a stable income source to have a net worth of 1.6 Billion Naira.

6. Julius Agwu - Net worth of N800 Million

Julius Agwu is part of the early face of Nigerian comedy. As a legend in the Nigerian comedy industry, Julius Agwu has earned significant net worth to rank as the 6th richest comedian in Nigeria.

Julius Agwu was born and raised in Port-Harcourt city. Julius Agwu started his career as a stage actor before his breakthrough in the comedy industry.

Julius Agwu 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

The top 10 richest Comedian in Nigeria for 2021 features Julius Agwu because of his Net worth of N800 million.

Julius Agwu is the CEO of Reellaif Limited, a music and movie production company.

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 was born on October 23, 1969, and is popularly known as Okey Bakassi.

Okey Bakassi Is a stand-up comedian actor and ranks as the 7th richest Comedian in Nigeria for 2021. Okey Bakassi studied at River State University of Science & Technology.

While at the university, Okey Bakassi displayed his talent in comedy by entertaining the university community.

Okey Bakassi won 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 achieved his net worth as a TV presenter, Actor, MC and comedian.

Okey Bakassi has hosted multiple shows as a stand-up comedian or MC. Okey Bakassi also entered the political terrain when he was appointed as the Special senior Assitant to the Imo State Governor on entertainment.

Okey Bakassi with his wife, Zizi.

8. Gbenga Adeyinka - Net Worth of N500 Million

On Clacified's list of the top 10 richest Comedian in Nigeria for 2020, Gbenga Adeyinka ranks as the 8th richest comedian in Nigeria.

Gbenga Adeyinka tags himself as GCON (Grand Comedian of Nigeria). Gbenga Adeyinka was born in Ogun state and studied English at the University of Lagos.

Gbenga Adeyinka speaks different Nigerian languages - a skill that 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.

Gbenga Adeyinka has spearheaded many event ceremonies within and outside Nigeria. Gbenga Adeyinka is the first comedian to publish a comedy magazine (Laffmattazz) in Nigeria.

In August 2020, Gbenga Adeyinka went into farming and started a new food company called Aduni Adeyinka foods.

Gbenga Adeyinka became popular with his shine shine bobo promo for 'Star Game Show.

With an estimated net worth of N500,000, Gbenga Adeyinka is the 8th richest comedian in Nigeria in 2021.

9. Gordons - Net Worth of N400 million

Godwin Komone is a Nigerian Comedian AKA Gordons. Gordons is the 9th richest Comedian in Nigeria 2021.

Gordons is a native of the Urhobo speaking tribe of Delta state Nigeria.

Little was known of Gordons until the popular Delta state-based Gospel music comedy group known as D.C Envoy came into prominence.

Gordons worked as a pastor before his breakthrough in stand-up comedy.

Gordons' Source of Income

Gordons hosts his comedy show, Gordons Comedy Clinic, with more than 4 edition to his name.

Gordons has been a regular during AY Live Shows, A nite 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.

Akpororo was not born with a silver spoon, but his sail into comedy has landed him in the top 10 richest Nigerian Comedians for 2021.

Akpororo is a native of Ondo state, but he was born and brought up in Warri, Delta.

Before 2008, Akpororo began his career as a local gospel musician, he later pursued 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.

Akpororo 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.

Akpororo also signed a 2-year endorsement deal with Airtel Nigeria.

SInce Akpororo came into prominence, he has bagged many ambassador deals like the Fedan Investment Limited (FIL) ambassadorship deal.

Akpororo is the 10th richest comedian in Nigeria with an estimated networth of N350,000.

Conclusion

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.