The comedy industry in Nigeria became a big deal in the 2000s with almost every event having comedians as hosts or as a side attraction.
However, no matter how much success they have gotten from the trade, some of Nigeria’s biggest comedians also engage in profitable ventures that keep them busy when they are not on stage making people laugh.
Atunyoya Alleluya Akpoborome popularly known by his stage name Alibaba began his career appearing on radio and television shows while hosting events.nIn 1993, he registered his company and since then focused on making comedy a respectable profession which has earned him the title God-father of comedy. Apart from being a comedian, he is an actor, events host and a businessman.
Bright Okpocha started featuring in comedy shows in 2001 when he relocated to Lagos to pursue his dreams following advice from Alibaba. Popularly known as Basketmouth, he has organised several shows at home and abroad. Before venturing into comedy, in 1995, he tried his hand on music with his brothers as a group. He is an ambassador for notable brands in Nigeria. Apart from comedy, he is an actor.
Ayo Makun He is an award-winning comedian who shot into limelight after working as an events manager with Alibaba. Popularly known by his stage name AY, he also worked as a radio and television host, writer, actor, director and MC. His movies have made huge box office successes and was made a U.N peace ambassador after winning several awards in 2008.
I GO DYE
Francis Agoda popularly known as I Go Dye is a motivational speaker, writer and social crusader. He has organised several international comedy shows and also works as an events host. I Go Dye is also a UN Youth Ambassador.
He refers to himself as CFR (Comedian of the Federal Republic) and GCON (Grand Comedian of Nigeria). Popular comedian Gbenga Adeyinka is a writer, television presenter and actor. He is popularly known for his show Laffmattaz and also hosts prominent corporate events.
He is one of the veteran acts in the Nigerian entertainment industry with tutelage from Alibaba and a career spanning over two decades. Born Babatunde Adewale, Tee A he is also a television host and events compere.
Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule popularly known as Okey Bakassi is a Nigerian comedian and a Nollywood actor. He has also won several awards for his movie roles. He currently hosts popular TV show This is Not The News.
35 years old Oluwaseyitan Lawrence Aletile also works as a lawyer, MC, and businessman. Seyilaw shot into limelight in 2008 after winning the AY open mic comedy competition. He has organised several local and international comedy shows.
One of the top female Nigerian comedians, Helen Paul also works as a broadcaster, actor and film producer and singer. She is popularly known by her stage name Tatafo, and for her child-like voice. She also runs a school of performing arts.
Popularly known as Bovi, Abovi Ugboma, is a Nigerian comedian, singer and actor. He hosts the popular stand-up comedy show – Bovi, man on fire, in and outside the country.