Who really is your favorite comedian? Who do you watch the most when you feel like having yourself entertained and laughing your worries away? Well, find out if he made it to our list of top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria for the year 2022.
On the 2nd of October 2003, BBC released a publication in which Nigeria was ranked number 1 on the list of the happiest people in the world out of over 65 countries that were surveyed.
Though our ranking has dropped to number 85 on that list, we are still the happiest people in Africa after Mauritius which is ranked number 1 in Africa and number 57 in the world.
In Nigeria, we love anything or anyone that makes us laugh. We would rather spend millions getting tables for 4, 5 or 6 and staying in the V.I.P. sections of comedy shows than any other kind of event out there.
Little wonder other countries in Africa see us as just a fun-loving, loud, and worry-free set of people.
Talk about the top best-performing comedians in Africa and I can guarantee you that at least 3 of them will come from this great country.
From the Niger Delta region to the Southwestern part of Nigerian, we have people doing either stand-up comedy or acting it in the form of skits and movies that can crack your ribs till they hurt.
While we have a lot of these great entertainers presently in Nigeria, we have carefully selected about 10 of them that are considered the wealthiest and the “baddest rib-crackers” in the country.
Richest Comedians in Nigeria 2022
- Ali Baba: $8 million
- AY: $6.8 million
- Basket Mouth: $5 million
- I Go Die: $4.9 million
- Bovi: $2 million
- Okey Bakassi: $2 million
- Julius Agwu: $2 million
- Gbenga Adeyinka GCON: $1.9 million
- Gordons: $1.5 million
- Yaw: $900,000
1.) Ali Baba
- Real Names: Tunyota Alleluya Akporobomere
- Estimated Net Worth: $8 million
Ali Baba is widely regarded in Nigeria as one of the “fathers of comedy” in the country.
He has been in the business for quite a long time and has managed to build a name for himself in the entertainment industry.
Ali Baba has hosted several events all over Nigeria and Africa with presidents, governors, senators, billionaire businessmen, and top celebrities in attendance.
He is presently the richest comedian in Nigeria.
The veteran comedian is reportedly the owner of several businesses within Lagos and other parts of the country.
According to reports, it will cost you about N4 million to have this very talented man come and perform at your events.
Ali Baba’s net worth is estimated to be about $8 million.
- Real names: Ayodeji Richard Makun (Ayo Makun)
- Estimated Net Worth: $6.8 million
AY is the second wealthiest comedian in Nigeria. The comic star became popular in Nigeria through his numerous comedy shows known as AY Live and viral comedy skits.
The ace comedian has recently started writing, acting, and producing his own movies.
Among his comedy movies includes A Trip to Jamaica, 30 days in Atlanta, 10 days in Sun City, American Driver, etc.
According to reports, it takes millions of Naira to have AY feature in your comedy event or movie. He is estimated to be worth about $6.8 million.
3.) Basket Mouth
- Real Names: Bright Okpocha
- Estimated Net Worth: $5 million
Basketmouth was one of those comedians who became popular through the comedy show in the early 2000s known as Night Of A Thousand Laughs by Opa Williams.
Apart from doing stand-up comedy, “the man with the Basket mouth” Bright Okpocha also produces his own comedy skits and as well stars in movies.
His comedy skits are among the most-watched in Nigeria on YouTube.
The veteran today hosts his own comedy shows that thousands of people do troop out from different parts of the country to attend. According to reports, Basketmouth makes millions of naira from each of these shows.
He is an Ambassador to the popular telecommunication network GLOBACOM, AMSTEL MALTA, and other companies in Nigeria.
According to reports Basketmouth’s net worth is estimated to be about $5 million.
4.) I Go Die
- Real Names: Francis Agodo
- Estimated Net Worth: $4.9 million
I Go Die is one Nigerian entertainer you can’t really know his worth by looking at him. His very skinny body will make you dismiss him as someone who may not really have much to deliver until he opens his mouth, and then you will start gasping for air.
He is one of Nigeria’s best comedians and a monster on the microphone. From his early days in Opa William’s Night Of A Thousand Laugh show till now, the young man is a force to reckon with when we are talking of above-the-average comic stars in the country.
Apart from comedy, I Go Die is also a very successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Revamp Construction Company, one of Nigeria’s fast-rising real estate and construction companies.
You can find his comedy videos by searching for “I Go Die” on Youtube. I Go Die’s Net Worth is estimated to be about $4.9 million.
- Real Names: Abovi Ugboma
- Estimated Net Worth: $2 million
Since 2007, Bovi has been active in the Nigerian entertainment industry. He is one of the most celebrated comedians in the country.
His comedy show “Bovi’s Man on Fire” is usually packed with thousands of people from different parts of the country.
The “professional rib-cracker” came to the limelight through the same Opa Williams “Night of A Thousand Laugh” that brought AY, Basketmouth, I Go Die, and several other comedians out there to the limelight.
Bovi has also starred in comedy movies and skits which you can find on video-sharing platforms like Youtube. He is one of those comedians with the highest endorsement deals in the country.
He is currently estimated to be worth about $2 million.
6.) Okey Bakassi
- Real Names: Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule
- Estimated Net Worth: $2 million
Okey Bakassi is one of those Nigerian comedy stars who has been in the industry for a very long time. Apart from doing stand-up comedy at events, Okey Bakassi also acts in movies.
He has acted in movies alongside the likes of Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), Mr. Ibu, Victor Osuagwu, Sam Loco Efe, and several others.
He is also a professional MC and a TV presenter. His recent involvement in politics (Imo State) has also opened doors for him to host events for top political figures in the country.
Presently, Okey Bakassi’s net worth is estimated to be about $2 million.
7.) Julius Agwu
- Real Names: Julius Agwu
- Estimated Net Worth: $2 million
Julius Agwu is the CEO of Real Laff Entertainment Company, an event management company that organizes his two yearly comedy shows “Laugh For Christ Sake” and “Crack Your Ribs.”
He is a well-known Nigerian comedian, actor, MC, motivational speaker, and musician from the South-South region of the country.
According to reports Julius Agwu charges about 2 to 3 million Naira to perform at an event presently. He is currently estimated to be worth about $2 million.
8.) Gbenga Adeyinka GCON
- Real names: Gbenga Adeyinka
- Estimated Net Worth: $1.9 million
Gbenga Adeyinka, “ The Grand comedian of Nigeria (GCON)” or “Comedian Of The Federal Republic (CFR)” as he usually calls himself, is one of Nigeria’s best and wealthiest comedians presently.
The multi-award-winning comic star is the brain behind the comedy magazine known as Laffmattazz, the first of its kind in Nigeria.
Apart from his regular comedy events, Gbenga Adeyinka is the owner of several businesses across the country that generate a lot of money for him on a yearly basis.
His comedy show “Laffmattazz” is one of the most anticipated comedy concerts in the country. The show has on different occasions recorded over 5,000 people in attendance.
Gbenga Adeyinka is currently estimated to be worth about $1.9 million.
- Real Names: Godwin Komone
- Estimated Net Worth: $1.5 million
Godwin Komone popularly known as Gordons is the host of the comedy event, Gordons Comedy Clinic.
Before coming out fully for comedy, Gordons was once the resident pastor of Rainbow Christian Assembly, Jakpa branch, Warri. Now you know where his “Halleluya” trademark came from.
Gordons makes his money from his comedy shows and his mouth-watering endorsement deals with companies like GLOBACOM, one of Nigeria’s biggest telecommunication networks. He is currently among the wealthiest Nigerian comedians.
According to reports, Gordons is presently worth about $1.5 million.
- Real Names: Steve Onu
- Estimated Net Worth: $900,000
Nigeria’s stand-up comedian, event host, on-air personality, and MC Steve Onu, popularly known by his stage name “Yaw”, is among the top 10 richest comedians.
According to reports, Steve Onu makes his money mostly on comedy events, business advertisements, and radio presentations.
He is also reported to be into the real estate business and equipment leasing.
With a current net worth of about $900,000, this very talented comedian is definitely among the top wealthiest comedians in the country.
The comedians mentioned in this list are the current richest comedians in Nigeria. Who among them is your favorite? Feel free to let us know using the comment section below.