It’s not just your favourite actors, actresses, musicians and producers that smile to the bank, comedians also smile to the bank. They are jesters you might say, but they get paid mighty huge sum for jesting.
Our comedy as come a long way from Night Of A Thousand Laughs to Crack Your Ribs, down to AY Live and many more, these shows rake in millions for the brains behind it which increases their net worth and their self-worth. So here are the top five biggest boys in naijacomedy scene.
1. Ali Baba (Nigeria King of Comedy)
I often wondered why he was referred to as naijaking of comedy until I discovered he is a king maker, he brought up most of the big names we hear today and lunched them into their wonderful careers. He is an excellent act, a jester extraordinaire and a serious businessman.
Ali Baba’s Lekki home is valued at over 400 million naira. He is the delight of politicians and the wealthy in Nigeria. His appearance fee stands between 4-5 million per event and he is sure of two events per week bringing him to 400 million per annum. With a net worth of over 3 billion little wonder he remains the King Of Naija Comedy.
2. Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth)
More than any other Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth remains the toast of many reputable brands in Nigeria. He is the brand ambassador of the leading telecommunications company Globacom, and he is also an ambassador for bookmarking company Surebet247 and top it all he is the CEO of Barons World Entertainment which organises shows in Nigeria.
He pockets over 120 million annually from his endorsements deals. He gets over a 100 million from his Basketmouth uncensored show, with an income of over 360 million his net worth stands at around 3 billion naira.
3. Francis Agoda (I Go Dye)
On hearing his name there is no doubt that he is funny, he is one of the best in the business and one of the country’s favourite, he isn’t just a comedian he is also a businessman and owns a real estate company called Revamp Construction which deals in real estate property and road construction and you and I know real estate rakes in huge cash. His annual take home is between 350 and 300 million with a net worth of over 2 billion. I GO DYE is not done as he has Franstel bottle water in the works.
4. Julius Agwu (Julius the Genius)
He has been present since the inception of comedy in Nigeria and has left indelible footprints in our comedy history having published a comedy book. Julius is the CEO of Real Laff Entertainment, organisers of Crack Your Ribs and Laugh For Christ Sake. These events bring 140 million naira annually, he charges a fee of 2-3 million naira per event, his net worth is 1.5 billion with properties scattered all over the country.
5. Ayo Makun (AY)
I call him Mr Creativity, he is a unique comedian with a test of sophistication, he always brings something new to the table, the latest being his movie franchise. His movie 30 Days In Atlanta was a box office success even though there were issues of piracy it didn’t stop his shine because it further raised his game increasing his net worth. His annual show AY Live fetches him around 160 million naira whilst he collects 1-2 million per event, his annual income is put at 200 million naira. With a net worth of over 800 million naira, he can buy himself whatever kind of luxury he desires.