There are thousands of comedians in the most populated country in Africa, Nigeria holds so many comedians both upcoming, stars and those still planning to join the industry. You will see the richest comedians in Nigeria in this list, with all they have achieved, their bio and net worth you will be surprised.
See the Top 10 most richest comedians in Nigeria and their net worth.
10. Seyi Law (Net Worth – $600,000)
Lawrence Oluwaseyitan Aletile popularly known as Seyi Law is a famous Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor, master of ceremony, event planner and a television host. He won the AY comedy competition in 2006 and since then he has been blossoming as a standup comedian. He is always at every event in Nigeria for performance and has his own show “I Must Laugh” which also has more than 5000 audience in attendance.
He is the big deal in the south west and attends almost every show or concerts organized in any south western state Nigeria. Seyi Law also attends and performs at so many events in United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Germany, Canada, South Africa, amongst others. He has featured in several international comedy shows both home and abroad. He was born on 22nd June 1983 in Ilaje, a small town in Ondo State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 36 years old. He is originally from Ilaje, a small town in Ondo State in the south western part of Nigeria.
He didn’t grow up with his parents as he returned to Nigeria from Gabon at the age 6 years old. After completing his primary and secondary school education, Seyi Law attended Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) to pursue a part-time programme in Computer Studies.
9. Yaw ( Net Worth – $900,000)
Steve Onu popularly known as Yaw is a famous Nigerian stand-up comedian, on-air personality, actor, master of ceremony, television host, event host, radio personality and all round entertainers. He is also a real estate investor and has a choice of properties in Lagos. He also makes his money from MTN adverts, radio presentations, radio hypes, anchoring events, equipment leasing, real estate investment and other businesses.
He was born on 24th August 1975 at the Island Maternity Hospital in Lawanson, Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos in the south western part of Nigeria as the seventh child in a family of 10 children. He is currently 43 years old. Yaw is a native of Awka in Anambra State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He grew up at Lawanson in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria. He lost one of his sisters to the cold hand of death when he was still a boy.
He attended Osimoye Primary School and St. Ann Secondary School both in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. In 1995, Yaw obtained a Diploma in Radio, Television and Film Production from the Lagos State University. In 2000, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from the Lagos State University, majoring in Theater Marketing. He is at present an On-Air Personality at 95.1 Wazobia FM.
8. Bovi – (Estimated net worth of over $1.7 million)
Abovi Ugboma popularly known as Bovi is a famous Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor, television host, presenter, producer, director, television personality and a master of ceremony. He was born on 25th September 1979 in Benin City, Edo State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 39 years old. He is originally from Warri, Delta State in the South southern part of Nigeria. Bovi attended UNIBEN staff primary school and Benin Boys Model Secondary School, both in Benin City, Edo State in the south southern part of Nigeria and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his primary and secondary school education, Bovi attended Delta State University in Abraka and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. After completing his university education, Bovi began his career in April 2007 as an actor, starring in the television series “Extended Family” a movie which he wrote, produced and directed. The movie was very popular in Nigeria and skyrocket him to fame. In 2008, Bovi decided to pursue a career in comedy and performed at the Opa Williams comedy shows “Nite of Thousand Laughs” where he displayed his talent and received applause from massive audience.
Bovi has performed at several shows both in Nigeria and abroad. He has made a lot of money lately from events, adverts and tours. Presently, he is probably the hottest in the industry. He has made millions from organizing tours adverts, and events. In 2015, Bovi signed a multi million naira deal with GLO.
7. Okey Bakaasi – (Net Worth- Over $1.8 million)
Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule popularly known as Okey Bakassi is a famous Nigerian stand-up comedian, television personality, Nollywood actor, producer, director, entrepreneur, master of ceremony and a television host. He was born on 23rd October 1969 in Owerri, Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria to Mr. Livinus Onyegbule, a retired military personnel and Mrs. Felicia Onyegbule, a nurse.
He is currently 49 years old. He is the first son in a family of five children. Okey Bakassi is originally from Mbaise, a small town in Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria and is currently married with beautiful kids. Okey Bakassi completed his primary school education at the Alvan Ikoku Demonstration School in Owerri, Imo State and his secondary school at Federal Government College, Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria.
After completing his primary and secondary school education, Okey Bakassi attended Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1992. After graduating from the university, Okey Bakassi got deployed to Lagos State for the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Programme.
Okey Bakassi anchors upscale events steadily and has also made huge money from politics as Senior Special Assistant to the former Governor of Imo State on entertainment. He has a mansion in Imo State and in Canada respectively.
6. Gbenga Adeyinka – (Net Worth $2 million)
Gbenga Adeyinka is a multi-award-winning Nigerian stand-up comedian, comic actor, radio and TV presenter, writer, and master of ceremony. He hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State in the south southern part of Nigeria and he usually refers to himself as CFR which means Comedian of the Federal Republic and now GCON which means Grand Comedian of Nigeria. He was born on 7th May 1968 in Abeokuta, Ogun State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 51 years old. After completing his primary and secondary school education, Gbenga Adeyinka attended University of Lagos and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
Gbenga Adeyinka worked as a corporate affairs manager in the engineering firm. He became popular with his shine shine bobo promo for “Star Game Show” he has also anchored Television programmes for AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, Africa Magic and DSTV. He speaks various Nigerian languages. Gbenga Adeyinka is married to Mrs Abiola Adeyinka, and they have three children. Gbenga has anchored many wedding programmes and events in and outside Nigeria. He is also the first to publish comedy magazine in Nigeria known as Laffmattazz.
No comedian anchors more events than him presently. He is constantly busy and a top choice with politicians. He has properties and several business interests besides his Laffmattaz which is always a sold out show with more than 5000 people in attendance every year.
5. Julius Agwu (Net Worth $2.9 million)
Julius Agwu is a famous Nigerian comedian, musician, actor and a master of ceremony. He was born on 7th April 1973 in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria to Chief Augustine Amadi Agwu and Mrs Mary Agwu. He is currently 46 years old. He is the fifth child in a family of six children. He started his acting career on stage in the city of Port-Harcourt where he grew up. Julius Agwu completed his primary school education at UBE Primary School and his secondary school education at Government Secondary School both in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, in the south southern part of Nigeria.
After completinghis primary and secondary school education, Julius Agwu attended University of Port-Harcourt in Rivers State and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts. He made over 20 million naira alone from the launch of his book when he turned 40 years old. He has properties scattered all over the country, a state-of-the-art audio and video studio, and more political affiliates than any other comedian.
For over a decade now, Julius Agwu has been organizing two events such as Crack Your Ribs and Laugh for Christ Sake. He is reputed to own properties in 3 states in Nigeria, and is also the CEO of Real Laff Entertainment Company which is an event management firm. His performance fee is 3 million naira per event and his annual take-home is estimated at 180 million naira yearly while his personal organized events are estimated to be about 140 million naira annually.
4. AY ( Net Worth $3.4 million)
Ayo Makun popularly known as AY is an award winning Nigerian comedian, actor, show promoter, event manager, television personality, producer, director and a master of ceremony. He was born on 19th August 1971 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently 46 years old. He is the oldest male child from a family of seven children. He is originally from Ifon in Ose local government area of Ondo State in the south western part of Nigeria, but grew up in Warri, Delta State and Lagos State, Nigeria.
AY rose to fame after performing at the “Night of a Thousand Laugh” a comedy show hosted by Oppa Williams. He is currently the host and founder of the AY Live shows, AY comedy skits and AY Cribs which he usually publish on YouTube. He is very skillful, creative and talented. In 2008, AY won six awards, making him one of the most accomplished entertainers in Nigeria. In 2009, AY won the Best Comedian in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards. He also won the Most Creative Comedian in Nigeria at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
AY is currently the CEO of Corporate World Entertainment. His first movie “30 days in Atlanta” was directed by a Hollywood movie director, Robert Peters. Since his foray into this money making business, he has risen faster than anticipated with a performance fee of 2 million naira per event, while his A.Y Live events organized annually rakes in over 160 million naira annually. He is said to be earning over 280 million naira annually. He is also working on his MVP club, a movie production company and also runs an event company. He also has fleets of cars and properties at Lekki phase 1 in Lagos.
3. I Go Dye ( Net Worth – $4 million)
Francis Agoda popularly known as I Go Dye is a famous Nigerian comedian and a television host. He has featured in several international comedy shows both home and abroad. He was born on 4th April 1979 in Abraka, Delta State in the southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 40 years old.
During his secondary school days, he always had a creative disposition, being the zonal project manager of the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS Club) where he invented a helicopter, a hovercraft ship, a radio transmitter and a battery table fan which earned him a scholarship to study structural engineering at a university in New York in the United States of America which he declined.
He religiously followed his passion, developing his comedic artistry at a time when the business of comedy was not fashionable as a career. After a series of top flight performances presenting mock news on the local television station, Bendel Broadcasting Service, I go Dye with the help of his friend I go Save was able to use the platform as a medium to address social issues.
Currently I Go Dye is now a United Nations Millennium Developmental Goal Ambassador and the CEO of Revamp Construction Company, a property, real estate and road Construction Company with an annual income of over 500 million naira. I Go Dye also has properties in choice areas across Nigeria, and fleet of luxury cars, he is indeed an amazing entrepreneur. He also has a special performing relationship with almost all the governors in the country. His business empire is increasing every day. Presently, he is constructing a bottle water company, Franstel Natural Bottle Water.
2. Basketmouth – ( Net Worth – $5 million)
Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basketmouth is a Nigerian comedian, actor, TV presenter, producer and a master of ceremony. He was born on 14th September 1978 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently 40 years old. He is currently married with beautiful kids.
In 1994, he formed a rapping group called “Da Psychophats” which had 7 members and they started going for shows. In 2005, he was discovered by Oppa Williams through his comedy show titled “Night of a Thousand Laugh” alongside with his friend Bovi. In 2005 and 2006 respectively Basketmouth won the National Comedy Award and the awards for Best Stand-up Comedian of the Year. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts and shows in Nigeria and abroad such as Basketmouth Uncensored. He is currently a GLO Ambassador and also has a multimillion contract deal with telecom giant MTN.
He has been associated with many companies, signing different endorsement contracts in the last six years. He also has an impressive list of branding deals with Amstel Malta, Globacom Ltd and a host of others. With his sold-out shows in South African, London, and even in far away America and on his Basketmouth Uncensored platform, the comedian has been so consistent
since he came to limelight. His annual income is over 192
million naira, while endorsement deals run into over 120 million naira annually. His international show, Basketmouth Uncensored, rakes in over 100 million naira and makes totally over 360 million naira annually.
1. Ali Baba (Net Worth – $5.8 million)
Ali Baba is a famous Nigerian standup comedian, television host, master of ceremony, actor and a television personality. He has been described as the king of comedy in Nigeria and currently the founding father of Nigerian comedy industry. He was born on 24th June 1965 in Warri, Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 54 years old.
With over thirty years of performing on stage as comedian and hosting events for almost all Nigeria’s former presidents and the senators, Ali Baba sits at the apex. Even Nigerian former President Olusegun Obasanjo once
jokingly accused him of being overpaid for his performance. His Lekki mansion where he lives is said to be worth more than N300 million alone.
Alibaba makes his money through a chain of businesses in Lagos. He is also a reputable motivational speaker and a professional comedian patronized by almost all the big brands and political bigwigs in the country.