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Ten leading comedians in Nigeria
1.Ali Baba. He is widely regarded as the king of comedy in Nigeria. He was recently interviewed on CNN African voices. He is in a class of his own when it comes to comedy. He has played the role of a compere at events by virtually all the presidents in recent times and has been MC at various state government programmes. He is a sought top gun in comedy. He earns about $2.4m a year performing about two shows a week.
2.Julius Agwu. He is one of Nigeria’s leading comedians. He runs two comedy shows ‘Crack ya rib’ and Laugh for Christ sake.’ He also runs Real laff Entertainment Company. His autobiography ‘Jokes Apart’ sold out.
3.I Go Dye (Francis Ayoda) Apart from been one of the leading comedians in Nigeria, he is also a businessman. His net worth is about N2billion ($12.3m) and earns about $2.2 m annually. The UN millennium development goals ambassador also owns Revamp Construction Company and a bottle water company. He has multiple luxury homes and fancy cars.
4.Basket mouth (Bright Okpocha). The Abia born stand-up comedian ran a comedy show on TV ‘Basket mouth uncensored.’ He had shown in the USA, England and South Africa. His corporate endorsements include Globalcoom ltd and Nigerian Breweries ltd (Amstel Malta). His net worth is about N2billion ($12.3m) and earns about $2.2m annually.
5.AY (Ayo Makun). He started as personal assistant to the king of comedy in Nigeria, Ali Baba. He presently earns about N2m per appearance. He earns about $1.7m (N280m) annually. He is an event planner and owns a club MVP in lekki, Lagos. He has the AY show.
6.Bovi( Bovi Ugboma). Born in Benin City, Edo State, he is one of the leading comedians in Nigeria. He started as a producer and was in a TV show ‘Extended Family.’ He also has corporate endorsements.
7.YAW (Steven Onu) He is a radio personality with wazobia FM 95.1 and also has been compere in several events and shows. He also runs his own TV shows –Yaw and Myn. He is an actor and the recipient of the UN ambassador for peace award.
8.Okey Bakassi (Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule). An engineer turned actor/ comedian. He has acted in over 60 films. A film producer but it is comedy that brought him to prominence. Between 2008 and 2011 he was senior special assistant to the Imo state governor.
9.Tee A (Tunde Adewale) One of Nigeria’s leading comedian and runs a comedy TV show’ Time out with Tee A which featured some of the biggest names in entertainment. Apart from appearing as compere at events and weddings, he also owns an equipment and event company.
10.Laffmattaz (Gbenga Adeyinka). His comedy show Laffmattaz is reputed to have sold out always. He is also the editor of the magazine laffmattaz. He hosted the Ghana music awards in Ghana where he has a large fan based. He is the host of the NTA network annual Star TV game.