Laughter is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But not everyone can craft a joke that can instantly uplift someone’s mood and bring out laughter. Some comedians, however, possess a natural talent and expertise in this field.
Their hard work and talent have not only earned them fame but also contributed significantly to their net worth. In this article, we’ll delve into the major comedy styles of Nigeria’s top 10 richest comedians in 2024, whose skills have helped them become millionaires.
Let us check them out one by one.
Top 10 Richest Comedians in Nigeria
- Ali Baba
- Helen Paul
- Funny Bone
- I Go Dye
- Gbenga Adeyinka
Richest Comedians in Nigeria 2024
In no particular order, these are the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria in 2024.
Born on August 19, 1971, in Ifon, Ose Local Government, Ondo State, Nigeria, Ayo Makun, better known as A.Y, is a renowned comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is widely considered one of the richest comedians in 2024.
A.Y is the mastermind behind the highly successful “A.Y Live” comedy shows, which are a yearly blend of comedy and music and have become a key fixture on Nigeria’s entertainment calendar.
A.Y’s accomplishments in the Nigerian film industry are noteworthy. His debut film, “30 Days in Atlanta” (2014), was a massive hit and went on to earn a place in the Guinness World Records as the highest-grossing Nollywood film. His subsequent productions, such as “A Trip to Jamaica” (2016) and “Merry Men” (2018), have consistently showcased his skills as a filmmaker.
Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, better known as Ali Baba, was born on June 24, 1965, in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He is widely regarded as the pioneer of stand-up comedy in Nigeria. Ali Baba’s journey to becoming the “King of Comedy” is marked by his innovative ideas, unwavering determination, and dedication to transforming the comedy landscape in Nigeria.
According to estimates, Ali Baba’s net worth is in the range of several million dollars. He has earned his fortune through a combination of stand-up comedy performances, hosting corporate events, brand endorsements, and various business ventures.
Bright Okpocha, widely known as Basketmouth, was born on September 14, 1978, in Lagos State, Nigeria. He is a well-known Nigerian comedian, actor, and entrepreneur, with a rise to fame in the comedy world that can be attributed to his unique style, versatility, and sharp observational humor.
Basketmouth’s comedic prowess has earned him international recognition, as he has performed on stages across Africa, Europe, and the United States, showing the worldwide appeal of Nigerian comedy.
In addition to his stand-up comedy work, Basketmouth has delved into acting, appearing in movies and TV shows.
Bovi Ugboma, popularly known as Bovi, was born on September 25, 1979, in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
He is the creator of the popular comedy show, “The Bovi Ugboma Show” or “Bovi’s Comedy.” The show features a mix of stand-up comedy, skits, and guest appearances. He debuted his stand-up comedy in the Night of a Thousand Laughs, Nigeria’s premier comedy franchise, organized by Opa Williams. In 2011, he became a headliner for the show across the country.
Seven years later in 2018, Bovi started the “BACK TO SCHOOL” series, which he uploaded to his YouTube channel. Over the years, he has worked in collaboration with other renowned Nigerian comedians such as I Di, II Go Save, Basketmouth, Buchi, Odogwu, Okey Bakassi, and Julius Agwu, among others.
Godwin Komone, popularly known as Gordons, was born on January 15, 1969, in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. He wears multiple hats as a comedian, actor, and television host.
Gordons joined the Delta state-based Gospel music comedy group, D.C Envoy, where someone discovered him and his journey in the entertainment industry began. His difficult upbringing, marked by poverty, motivated him to pursue stand-up comedy, which turned out to be a wise decision. He now runs his successful comedy show, called ‘Gordons Comedy Clinic’.
Over the years, Gordons has featured in several shows, including AY Live Shows, a Nite of a Thousand Laughs, and many more.
Helen Eniola Omonitan Paul, popularly known as Helen Paul, was born on January 29, 1978, in Lagos State, Nigeria. is a multi-talented personality who is known for her work as a comedian, actress, singer, and television host.
She pursued her higher education at the University of Lagos where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and a Master’s degree in Media and Communication Studies.
Helen Paul holds the position of the richest female musician in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of 1 million USD.
Jephthah Bowoto, popularly known as Akpororo, is a stand-up comedian, actor, and singer.
In 2009, Akpororo relocated to Lagos and contested twice in the AY’s Open Mic Challenge. He didn’t become popular until 2013 following his performance at “Basketmouth’s Laff and Jam” show and performed in several comedy shows, including “AY Live.” Akpororo, on August 12, 2014, organized his first major comedy show, “Akpororo vs Akpororo,” at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre.
Akpororo is not only a comedian but also a musician. He has released songs, and his music often reflects his comedic and lively personality.
Stanley Chibuna, famously known as Funny Bone, has made a name for himself as a prominent stand-up comedian in Nigeria. He started his career by mimicking the popular musician Julius Agwu, which later caught the attention of film producers and led him to venture into acting. Before his stint in comedy, he was also a singer.
Funny Bone’s impressive performance at the Night of a Thousand Laughs, a comedy show produced by Opa Williams, made him a favorite amongst fans. He can make people forget their troubles and is well-compensated for his performances, earning him an estimated net worth of $500,000.
I Go Dye
Since then, he has organized and headlined several comedy concerts, becoming the first Nigerian comedian to have a European comedy tour in over seven countries.
His career achievements have also opened up opportunities for him to perform at the UNESCO Cultural Week, where he bagged an award for his outstanding performance. With his successful comedy career, I Go Dye is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished Nigerian celebrities.
Gbenga Adeyinka is a well-known personality in the Nigerian entertainment industry. He made a name for himself as the creator of the popular comedy and music show, “Laff Mattaz.” Adeyinka has a diverse style of comedy that includes stand-up, theatre, and movies. He obtained a degree in English from the University of Lagos. And later started his career at an engineering firm in Lagos before switching to entertainment. His famous “Shine Bobo” promo made him famous.
Adeyinka, the presenter of “Shine Shine Bobo,” has various businesses and assets across the country in his name.
In conclusion, these renowned comedians have not only accumulated significant wealth through their comedy work but also through other successful endeavors such as acting and business.
Their hard work and dedication have earned them a spot among the most well-known and richest comedians in the industry.