12 Richest Comedians in Nigeria
The Entertainment industry is one of the high grossing sectors in the nation’s economy. Some of our comedians have invested their skills and talents in this sector and have made a great fortune through it.
This post contains Nigeria’s top 12 richest comedians, their profile, source of income, and net worth.
1. Atunyota Alleluya Akpoboma
Ali Baba is a Nigerian top comedian and actor. He was born on 24th June 1965 in Warri, Delta State. He studied Religious Studies and Philosophy at the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.
When he completed his studies, he moved to Lagos, to pursue his interests in Comedy.
He started making appearances on occasions, performing at events and Television shows like Charly boy, Patrick Doyle, and Danladi Bako.
He began his professional career in the early ’90s. It was in 1993, that he registered his company- Alibaba Hicuppuray 3rd.
This Iconic Legend has worked in the Entertainment Industry for over 30 years and has received numerous awards and accolades to his name.
During the time he was still upcoming in the industry, he raised a billboard which he tagged, “Being funny is serious business”.
Undoubtedly, he has lived up to his mantra. He is currently Nigeria’s richest Comedian with a net worth of ₦3 Billion.
2. Ayodeji Richard Makun
The second on the list is the man with the stage name A.Y. Makun. He is a Comedian, Actor, Writer, Radio and Television Presenter, and also a movie director. RICHEST COMEDIAN
He was born on 19th August 1971 in Ifon, Ose Local Government, Ondo State.
He graduated from Delta University, Abrakata, where he studied Theatre Arts for over Nine years.
He came into the spotlight from working as Ali Baba’s Personal Assistant and Events Manager.
He is the founder of Corporate World Entertainment, Nigeria and he also hosts other TV shows like his Open Mic Challenge, AY’s cribs, and a Live show, where he features other comedians.
He has received Comedian of the year Awards from events like Diamond Award for Comedy, Teens Favourite, MBG Abuja Merit Awards, National Daily Awards among others.
He is also a Peace Ambassador to the United Nations. Echoes of his strides in the Entertainment Industry are made evident through his net worth which grosses about ₦2.5 Billion.
3. Bright Okpocha
Bright Okpocha, popularly known by his stage name “Basketmouth” is also a comedian and an actor. He was born on 14th September 1978 in Lagos State.
He studied Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Benin.
Basketmouth began pursuing his interests in Comedy in 1991 when he found his skill in drumming, from which he took up rapping till he ventured into Comedy.
He launched his record label, Barons Work Entertainment, in 2014. In 2020, he released a Highlife album, which was to be used as a movie soundtrack. It was there he featured artists like Ladipoe, Flavour, and Phyno. His current net worth is ₦2 Billion.
4. Francis Agoda
Francis Agoda, popularly known as ‘I Go Dye’ is a comedian, writer, motivational speaker, and social crusader.
He culled his unusual stage name from the pronunciation of his surname “Agoda” in his dialect. It also means Initiative Guide On Developing Youth Endowment.
He was born on 4th April 1979 and hails from Abraka, Delta State.
He studied at the College of Commerce Delta State, from which he moved forward to pursue his professional career.
He lived in a rural area, and this motivated his interests in Public Speaking and Comedy. This is evident in most of his presentations, as he tries to address some of the issues and challenges he faced during his early life.
He gained popularity and acceptance in the Industry after a short while of his entrance. He has performed at events, fir high-profile personalities like Rick Ross, 50 cents, and Akon.
He has received a lot of awards in the Industry and he is heading to the top, with his prolific brand name. He has an estimated net worth of ₦1.8 Billion.
5. Julius Agwu
Julius Agwu is a stand-up comedian, a Master of Ceremonies, an actor, and a singer. He was born on 7th April 1973 and is a native of Port-Harcourt. He studied Theatre Art at the University of Port Harcourt, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree.
He is the Chief Executive Officer of Reellaif Limited, a movie, and music production company.
He is also the Comedian behind the production of shows like Laff 4 Christ’s sake, Crack Ya Ribs, and Festival of Love.
He has been featured in many movies like After count (2011), Torn (2013), A Long night (2014).
He has an estimated net worth of ₦1.5 Billion according to Forbes.
6. Gbadewonuola Olateju Oyelakin
This comedian is an actor, writer, and Television Host, popularly known through his program, “The Teju Babyface show.
He was born in 1979 and has been in the Entertainment Industry since 1998.
He is the first to host a late-night TV talk show through the Teju Babyface show, which he launched in 2010.
He has written two high-grossing books like Secrets of the streets and Forget Principles, find a Mentor.
His net worth is over a rough estimate of ₦1 Billion.
7. Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule
The comedian with the stage name Okey Bakassi is the Sixth Richest Nigerian Comedian. He is a Stand-up Comedian and Actor.
He was born on 23rd October 1969, an indigene of Port Harcourt.
His professional career in the Entertainment Industry has led him to obtain awards like Best Actor of the year, in the Best of Nollywood Awards (2014), due to a lead role he performed in an Igbo movie.
He gained exposure in the industry after he encountered Zeb Ejiro, a movie producer and Director, who featured him on his life TV Show in 1993.
His net worth according to Forbes, grosses over ₦800 million dollars to naira rate
8. Bovi Ugboma
Bovi is a Comedian, actor, and writer. He was born on 25th September 1975 and hails from Delta State.
He studied Theatre Arts at Delta State University.
He has been in the Comedy Sector since his first appearance in 2007 through a Sitcom- “Extended Family” which he single-handedly wrote and produced.
By 2008, he had already secured a spot in the limelight and was featured in comedy shows like 1000 laughs.
His popular Comedy Show- “Man on Fire”, which he began in 2014, is making waves for him in the Entertainment Industry. He also streams Skits like Back to School, and Bovi Ugboma show.
He has merited some awards and nominations like the Best Actor in Comedy, AMVCA Awards (2016). He has also featured in movies like It’s her Day in 2016 and My Village people in 2021.
His current net worth is ₦600 million.
9. Gbenga Adeyinka
Gbenga is one of the Iconic Legends in the Comedy Industry. He is a multi-award winner, a comedy, actor, writer, a Radio and Television Presenter, and a Master of Ceremonies.
He was born on 7th May 1968. He studied English at the University of Lagos, before proceeding to pursue his interests in Comedy.
He is famous for referring to himself with stage names in form of titles like CFR, (Comedian of the Federal Republic), and GCON(Grand Comedian of Nigeria.
He became an outstanding figure through his “Shine shine bobo promo skit” on “Star Gameshow”.
He has anchored many events and ceremonies. This Comedian is not only talented but industrious. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he surged into Farming and began a new food company-“Aduni Adeyinka Foods in August.
His estimated net worth is ₦500 million.
10. Godwin Komone
Gordons the Belursconi used to work as a pastor before he came into the spotlight as a stand-up comedian.
He is from the Urhobo tribe in Delta State and was born on the 4th of April, 1979.
He studied Integrated science in the Tertiary institution and graduated in 1998.
He has been entertaining for a long time, but his career was not expanding, till he rose to popularity through a show, Richard Mofe Damijo’s show, “Made in Warri” where he was featured on stage in 2006.
11. Boworo Jephthah Oluwatiseyifumi Tanimola
Akpororo as he is popularly called is a stand-up comedian, actor, and Vocalist.
He was born on October 3rd, 1989, and is an indigene of Ilaje, Ondo State.
He grew up in Warri and used to perform as a Gospel Musician. He gained exposure after he was featured in Basketmouth’s “Laugh and Jam” show in 2013.
He began his comedy show- “Akpororo vs Akpororo” in 2014. He expanded his career by starring in movies like “The Antique and Headstone”.
He has earned a lot of nominations, awards, and endorsement deals like a 2-year contract with Airtel Nigeria, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards in 2015. He also won Best Comedy Acts at events like Nigeria Entertainment awards, AMVCA, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, BEN Television awards, and so on.
12. Debo Adebayo
Mr. Macaroni is an actor, a scriptwriter, content creator, and producer, popularly known with his YouTube Comedy Skits, “Mr. Macaroni Sugar Daddy series.
He is very skilled in his skits and adventurous, regularly using the Catchphrase, “Ooin, you’re doing well”.
He has been performing in the Entertainment Industry since 2014 and his net worth is ₦50 million.
He has received nominations like the 2021 GAGE Awards, and the Future Awards Africa.