The fact that the Nigerian comedy industry is a goldmine is no longer a secret; we have witnessed individuals rise from obscurity to fame by simply taking the risky step of joining the industry.
Although it has been stated that the development of the Nigerian comedy industry was primarily influenced by the advancement of technology, there is still a widespread belief that many comedians are engaged in illegal activities on a personal level and are only part-time comedians to save face.
Leaving that aside, we’ve made the decision to list Nigeria’s top 10 Richest comedians for the year 2022.
|1||AY Makun||N3.5 Billion||50||Ondo State|
|2||Alibaba||N3 Billion||56||Delta State|
|3||Basketmouth||N2 Billion||43||Abia State|
|4||I Go Dye||N2 Billion||42||Delta State|
|5||Bovi||N1.5 Billion||42||Edo State|
|6||Julius Agwu||N1 Billion||48||Rivers State|
|7||Okey Bakassi||N800 Million||52||Rivers State|
|8||Gbenga Adeyinka||N500 Million||53||Ogun State|
|9||Gordons||N400 Million||52||Delta State|
|10||Akpororo||N300 Million||32||Ondo State|
1. AY Makun
The highest-paid comedian in Nigeria at the moment is Ay Makun.
The most wealthy comedian in Nigeria is the legendary Ay Makun, who has a net worth of N3.2 billion. The majority of AY’s wealth was amassed as a result of his significant contribution to the comedy and entertainment industries. AY also doubles as a producer and actor. He is primarily thought of as a businessman rather than a comedian.
In addition to hosting and producing AY Live, the biggest comedy show in Africa. As a producer and performer in some of Nigeria’s highest-grossing films, Ayo Makun has also made an impact on the nation’s film industry. AY Makun has established himself as a top comedian despite beginning his career as PA to Nigerian comedy legend Alibaba.
Alibaba Akpobome, a legendary comedian from Nigeria, ranks second among the wealthiest comedians in Nigeria in 2022 with a net worth of N3 billion. Alibaba is credited with helping to establish humor as a distinct genre within the Nigerian entertainment market.
Ali Baba started his professional career performing at business events and making appearances on television despite being born into a royal family. Being a pioneer in the field, he founded an annual comedy event to help established and rising comics enhance their reputations. With more than 15 awards under his belt, he is the most honored comic in the nation.
The third-richest comedian in Nigeria, Bright Okpocha, better known by his stage name Basket Mouth, has an estimated net worth of N2 billion. Basket mouth entered the Nigerian entertainment scene as a rapper, but he quickly established himself as one of the best comedians the country has ever produced, earning him a sizable fortune.
The National Comedy Award and the prizes for Best Stand-up Comedian of the Year in 2005 and 2006, respectively, were given to Basket Mouth. In addition to his income as a comedian, Basketmouth also controls the record company that released his first album of music, Barons World Entertainment.
4. I Go Dye
With a net worth of N2 billion, Francis Agoda, well known as I Go Dye, ranks fourth among the wealthiest comedians in Nigeria. Before moving into stand-up comedy, Francis began his career by delivering mock news with his friend Otagware Onodjeyeke at the Delta State Broadcasting Service.
I go Save began his career as a stand-up comedian, earning $1,000 for each performance. Additionally, he appeared in one of the most popular comedy programs in the nation, Night of A Thousand Laughs. And he was ultimately recognized as the best comic to have performed on stage for 10 years.
In 2022, Bovi Ugboma ranks sixth among the wealthiest comedians in Nigeria with a net worth of 1.5 billion. He launched his acting career in 2007 as the lead in the Nigerian sitcom Extended Family, establishing himself as a well-known performer.
The next year, he advanced his standup comedy career by appearing in Nights of a Thousand Laugh, one of the biggest comedy programs in the nation. Bovi performed his debut stand-up show in the famous Eko Convention Center, where he later established himself as one of the biggest in the business.
6. Julius Agwu
Julius Agwu, who has a net worth of $1 billion, is in fifth place. On the list is yet another industry pioneer. He began his career as an actor, like many others on this list, but found success in the comedic field. Unverified claims claim that Julius was the first comic to break the N1 billion barrier.
In addition to having a great career as a comedian, Julius also serves as the CEO of the music and film production company Reellaif Limited. the company responsible for producing popular comedies like Crack Ya Ribs, Laff 4 Christ’s Sake, and Festival of Love.
7. Okey Bakassi
With a net worth of N800,000,000, Okey Bakassi ranks sixth among the wealthiest comedians in Nigeria in 2022. The comic who is more widely recognized as an actor than a comedian started his career there. He started a group named “Theatre Kolleagues” in university with the intention of acting and entertaining the student body.
Okey moved to Lagos to pursue an acting career after receiving his degree from the university. There, he landed his first television production before making a name for himself in comedy. He was appointed the Special Senior Assistant to the Governor of Imo State on Entertainment as a result of his outstanding comedic career.
8. Gbenga Adeyinka
Gbenga Adeyinka, a comedian born in Ogun State Takes 8th Place among the wealthiest comedians in Nigeria in 2022 with a net worth of N500 Million. One of the pioneers in the field is Gbenga, who calls himself the Grand Comedian of Nigeria (GCON).
Gbenga held a position as corporate relations manager in an engineering firm before beginning his career as a comedian. He started out in the entertainment industry as an anchor for a number of television shows and shot to fame with his “Star Game Show” shine shine bobo commercial.
With a net worth of N400 million, Godwin Komone, also known as Gordons, ranks ninth. The well-known comedian rose to fame when the popular Delta state-based Gospel music comedy group D.C Envoy gained notoriety.
Gordons tried his hand at a number of enterprises after gaining notoriety before finally breaking through in comedy; he has since presented numerous comedic events across the nation and the globe.
The 10th richest comedian in Nigeria, Akpororo, with a net worth of N300 million. began his stand-up career in the National Comedy Challenge hosted by Opa Williams, where he later won the competition’s Calabar zone.
Additionally, he participated in the AY’s Open Mic Challenge twice, placing second on his first attempt and winning on his second. Following his appearance at “Basketmouth’s Laff and Jam” in 2013, he gained notoriety, and ever then, he has been regarded as one of the nation’s top comedians.
Here is recap of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria in 2022
AY Makun – N3.2 Billion
Alibaba – N3 Billion
Basket Mouth – N2 Billion
I Go Dye – N2 Billion
Bovi – N1.5 Billion
Julius Agwu – N1 Billion
Okey Bakassi – N800 Million
Gbenga Adeyinka – N500 Million
Gordons – N400 Million
Akpororo – N300 Million