Below is a list of top 5 Nigerian comedians who have successfully created a good niche for themselves in the comedy world.
The list includes their estimated net worth and their charges per event.
Ayo Makun is a multi-award winning Nigerian actor, comedian, radio and T.V presenter, actor, writer, director and MC. He hails from Ondo State but prefers to be known as a ‘Warri boy’.
He is said to be a lover of taste, distinction and of course money. His AY Live annual show fetches him around N160 million. In popular demand, AY bags between N1 to N2 million per event, while his annual income is put at N280 million. With a net worth of N800 million, AY can surely boast of exotic cars and choice properties. Also, his 30 days in Atlanta has been dubbed the highest grossing Nollywood movie ever.
4. Julius Agwu
Julius Agwu hails from Choba in Obio/ Akpor Local government, Rivers State.
He is referred to as a money making genius. Book publishing in Nigeria could be anything but money spinning. But Julius defied the odds. His book, ‘Jokes Apart’ fetched him N20 million. Julius is the CEO of Real Laff entertainment, organizers of Crack Your Ribs and Laugh for Christ’s Sake. These events bring him N140 million annually. With a performance fee between N2 to N3 million, his net worth is N1.5 billion, including properties scattered across the country.
3. I Go Die
Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Die is a Nigerian comedian from Delta State, Nigeria.
Ranked number 3 on the list, he is a UN ambassador. But he hardly banks on that! Beyond thrilling his admirers, I Go Die is a consummate businessman. He owns Revamp Construction. Revamp deals in real estate, property and road construction. His annual take home is between N350 and N500 million. With a net worth of over N2 billion, I Go Die is not done. Not yet. Franstel Bottle water is in the works.
2. Basket Mouth
Bright Okpocha better known by his stage name Basketmouth, is a Nigerian comedian and actor born in Lagos State.
More than any other Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth remains the toast of reputable brands in Nigeria which include Globacom Telecommunication Company. He pockets over N120 million annually from his endorsement deals. He gets N100 million from his Basketmouth Uncensored show. With an income of over N360 million, his net worth stands at N2 billion.
1. Ali Baba
Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere, stage name Ali Baba, is a Nigerian stand-up comedian from Warri, Delta State.
He is King of comedy in Nigeria and a serious businessman too. His Lekki home alone is valued at over N300 million. His appearance fee stands between N4 to N5 million per event. And he’s sure of two events per week: Bringing him to N400 million per annum. With a net worth of over N3 billion, little wonder he remains the kingmaker of Nigeria’s comedy industry.