Richest Comedians In Nigeria

I came across this report online and
I must confess that I was amazed at
how much this men who seem so un
serious are raking into their
Ali Baba, the father of stand-up
comedians in Nigeria once said:
“comedy is a funny business, a very
big business.”
According to Naijabrain, this is the
latest list of 8 comedians in Nigeria
that tops the earning list.
Ali Baba
Ali Baba is the richest comedian in
Nigeria if not the whole of Africa. He
once had a two year endorsement
deal with a multinational firm worth
N100 million. Over the years he has
invested in banking, events
management, and entertainment/
recreation businesses.
Acclaimed as the godfather of
Nigerian comedy Ali Baba who is
also known as Atunyota Alleluya
Akporobomerere (what a mouthful) is
credited with starting the revolution
that brought in a wave of comedians
such as Basket Mouth, Opa Williams,
Julius Agwu, Okey Bakassi, Gandoki,
Gbenga Adeyinka D 1st etc.
Ali Baba took comedy business to
another height in 1998 when he
registered his company, “Ali Baba
Hiccupurathird.” That same year he
erected three billboards in strategic
locations in Lagos: Ozumba Mbadiwe
Street, Victoria Island; Osborne
Road, Ikoyi and in Marina. He paid
N150, 000 for each billboard per
year for two years. The billboard
carried a simple message, “Ali Baba
–Being Funny Is Serious Business.”
Bright Okpocha (aka Basketmouth)
Basketmouth is one of Nigeria’s most
recognisable faces in comedy. His
annual income consists of several
endorsement deals, Globacom (He
has been the longest serving Glo
ambassador) and several more. His
‘Basketmouth Uncensored’ sells out
annually in locations like South
Africa, London and the United
States. He has been one of the most
consistent comedians in the comedy
industry. He has also invested in
brick and mortar businesses like
night clubs. His annual income (life
performances, endorsement deals, TV
shows etc) is estimated in the range
of N150 – N250 million with his
flagship ‘Basketmouth uncensored’
showed pulling in over N100 million
per annum.
Julius Agwu
The Rivers state born comedian is a
vastly talented person combining his
comedy talents with acting and
occasional song-making. In 2013 he
released two singles ‘rejuvenate’ and
‘mama soup’ and took his growing
comedy show ‘Crack ya Ribs’ to
London. He also organised the
‘Laugh for Christ Sake’ show. He
owns real laugh entertainment an
event management firm along with
choice properties in several states.
he is rumoured to be well connected
politically and eying a political
position in the upcoming elections.
The 40 year old makes his money
from live shows, his hosted show
‘Crack Ya Ribs’ and advertisement
endorsements. He made around N20
million when he launched his book
at age 40 recently. Estimated annual
revenue is between N150 – N200
Francis Agoda (aka I Go Die)
The comedian I Go Dye is also a
businessman extraordinaire. The
United Nations Millennium
Developmental Goal Ambassador is
believed to own a few businesses
which include a property and Real
Estate Company and a bottling water
company nearing completion. The
Delta State-born humour merchant
acquired N14 million worth White-
Diamond Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
2012 Model (Platinum Edition) and a
reported N7 million worth Range
Rover Evogue.
His annual income is estimated to
be around N200 million
Gbenga Adeyinka
Gbenga as well as being a comedian
is a well known event anchor and
MC. He has a show Laffmatazz and
anchors a very healthy number of
political and social events all year
round. He has a very lucrative deal
with Nigerian Breweries over the
past few years. He earns between
N100 – N150 million per year.
AY is thought to make N1 – N2
million per show and runs A.Y. Live
events which basically is an events
organiser and management firm. His
AY show won Best TV Comedy show
in 2008; his monthly AY’s Open Mic
Challenge has also provided an
avenue to unearth fresh talents.
Linked to owning a club (or at least
working on launching one) he pulls
in at least N150 million per annum.
Okey Bakassi
The comedian and actor also anchors
high level social events as well as
held an appointment as a special
assistant to the Governor in Imo
State which essentially boosted his
income enough to place him in this
list of highest earning comedians in
This dude appears to be the hottest
thing in comedy now. He does live
events and is believed to also run a
couple side businesses along with
tours of his comedy show. It’s
unclear exactly how much he earns
but he does bring in enough to be



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