Making people laugh is serious business. Apart from being a good form of relaxation, it also enriches the pockets of those who make it happen – the Comedians. Comedy in Nigeria is no longer what it used to be.

In time past, it was just a hobby that lacked the financial capacity to sustain Comedians and their families. It’s a different story today as these “Joke Makers” rake in millions of naira for simply making people laugh.

Here are the top 5 richest Comedians in Nigeria

Alibaba

The name Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere may not ring a bell because many people don’t know that it’s the real name of one of the pioneers of comedy business in Nigeria, Alibaba. Alibaba is regarded as the “Father of Modern Day Comedy in Nigeria” because he was arguably the first to package the craft into a money making venture. He is seen as a role model by a lot of Comedians for giving them their big break. The god father of Nigerian comedy has an estimated worth of N3 billion.

Basket Mouth

Bright Okwocha is the real name of this young man who derives pleasure from making people laugh. With a penchant from creating refreshing jokes, Basket Mouth is always prepared to dish out fresh jokes to his excited audience whenever he mounts the stage.

With a good business acumen, Basket Mouth organises shows not just in Nigeria but also internationally. An ambassador to some big brands in Nigeria, Basket Mouth has an estimated net worth of N2 billion.

I Go Dye

Born Francis Agoda, I Go Dye is one Comedian that took the comedy industry by storm. His unique looks always works for him as the audience finds him very funny.

An ambassador to the United Nations Development Goals, I GO Dye is one Comedian who has turned his talent into a money making machine. He is the CEO of a Real Estate Company, and has a good number of mouth-watering endorsement deals. He sits comfortably on this list with an estimated net worth of N2 billion.

Julius Agwu

Julius Agwu is one Comedian who bears his real name on stage. Julius can be called a veteran as he’s been on the comedy scene for a long time. Over the years, he has been able to package his craft, turning it into a money spinner.

As host of successful shows both locally and internationally, this Comedian is really milking the comedy business. He also enjoys endorsements from some big organisations, and has an estimated net worth of N1.5 billion.

AY

Ayo Makun is the real name of this multi-talented entertainer. AY constantly seeks to up the ante of his comedy game by exploring all available opportunities. Organising shows both locally and internationally, he has been able to carve a niche for himself as a successful Comedian in Nigeria.

Apart from making people laugh through Comedy shows, AY is an Actor and Film Producer. His self-produced movies 30 Days in Atlanta, A Trip to Jamaica and 10 Days in Sun City were very successful.

It’s great to see these Comedians turn their talents into a money making skill. A lot of young people are inspired to do just as good as them if not better.