Top 10 Richest Comedians in Africa & Net Worth (2024)
Comedy is big money in Africa now. Thanks to social media and YouTube, they are getting reward for their hard work.
Many comedians are getting very rich from their shows, TV specials, advertisement deals, and more. Comedy is more popular than ever as Africa gets younger. Now African comedians tour the world and have fans everywhere. Some have made millions of dollars.
The 10 richest comedians in Africa right now are worth over one hundred million dollars together. From older comedians who started stand up comedy in their countries to younger rising stars, these talented people have built huge audiences and made a lot of money.
In this article, we look at the 10 comedians in Africa making the most money now and how they did it.
TOP 10 RICHEST COMEDIANS IN AFRICA & NET WORTH (2024)
Below are the 10 richest comedians in Africa right now and their estimated net worth in 2024:
TREVOR NOAH (SOUTH AFRICA) – $100 MILLION
Trevor Noah is by far the richest comedian in Africa. Born and raised in Johannesburg, Noah began his career in South Africa as a radio DJ before switching to stand-up comedy in the early 2000s.
He achieved major success with his satirical news show The Daily Show, which he took over as host from Jon Stewart in 2015. The show’s huge US audience has propelled Noah to global stardom.
Noah earns around $16 million per year hosting The Daily Show. He also brings in big money from his comedy tours, bestselling books, acting roles and production deals with Viacom CBS.
His net worth is estimated at around $100 million, making him one of the richest comedians worldwide.
BASKET MOUTH (NIGERIA) – $20 MILLION
Bright Okpocha, better known by his stage name Basket mouth, is one of the leading figures in Nigeria’s booming comedy scene.
He started out organizing local comedy shows before finding fame with his raucous stand-up routines. Basket mouth later branched out into acting, TV presenting and music.
He currently hosts popular comedy news show African Magic’s Basket mouth Uncensored.
Basket mouth earns around $1 million annually from his comedy tours across Africa, Europe and North America. His total net worth is estimated at $20 million.
DAVID KIBUUKA (UGANDA) – $15 MILLION
David Kibuuka, aka Teacher Mpamiire, is Uganda’s most popular and highest-paid comedian.
He first rose to fame in the early 2000s with his Lugaflow lyric rap style, before focusing on stand-up comedy and sketch comedy.
Kibuuka is a regular headliner at sold-out shows across East Africa.
He also brings in big bucks from his endorsement deals with companies like MTN, Toyota, NSSF and BET. His net worth is estimated at around $15 million.
ERIC OMONDI (KENYA) – $10 MILLION
Eric Omondi is one of Kenya’s most influential stand-up comedians and TV personalities.
He hosts several popular shows on Kenyan TV and radio, including comedy segment The Big Breakfast Show.
Omondi also has lucrative deals with top brands like Safaricom and OLX.
He was named Africa’s funniest comedian at the Laugh Festival World Comedy Awards in Australia. His net worth is estimated to be $10 million.
EDDIE KADI (CAMEROON) – $9 MILLION
Originally from Cameroon, Eddie Kadi has established himself as a top draw on the British comedy circuit.
He started out in the early 2000s, gaining attention for his energetic stage presence and funny observations about African immigrant life.
Kadi has built up an impressive resume over the years, hosting TV shows, touring worldwide, and getting awarded the prestigious Black Entertainment Comedy Award in 2003.
He is estimated to have a personal fortune of $9 million.
MICHAEL BLACKSON (GHANA) – $8 MILLION
Michael Blackson grew up in Ghana before migrating to the United States as a teenager.
He worked the Philly comedy circuit for years before getting his big break in 2000 at the Laffapalooza Festival in Atlanta.
Blackson is now based in LA and tours the country regularly. He has appeared in several Hollywood movies, including Next Friday and Meet the Blacks.
His net worth sits at an impressive $8 million.
ANNIE KAGHA (KENYA) – $7.5 MILLION
Annie Kagha, stage name Queen Annie, has been one of Kenya’s most popular comediennes over the past decade.
She had her breakthrough in 2008 when she appeared on the reality/comedy show Churchill Live.
She later launched her own popular show Fuata Nyayo on Citizen TV.
Kagha performs sold-out shows across East Africa and has earned lucrative sponsorship deals with brands like Safaricom and Devki Group of Companies. Her net worth is estimated at $7.5 million.
LOYISO GOLA (SOUTH AFRICA) – $7 MILLION
Loyiso Gola is a South African comedian, actor, TV host and political satirist.
He got his start in comedy while studying drama at university in Cape Town. After graduation, he decided to pursue stand-up full time and soon became in-demand on the SA live circuit.
Gola has performed worldwide, hosted television shows and been a featured act at comedy festivals across Africa.
His sharp political and social commentary has earned him a big following. His net worth stands at roughly $7 million.
DALISO CHAPONDA (MALAWI) – $5 MILLION
Born in Malawi, Daliso Chaponda moved to Canada as a young man to study law.
It was there he started doing stand-up comedy, going on to make a name for himself on the North American circuit.
Chaponda came third on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, significantly boosting his fame.
He tours the world with his wry, intellectual style of comedy. His earnings are estimated at $5 million.
KENNY BLAQ (NIGERIA) – $4.5 MILLION
Popular Nigerian comedian Kenny Blaq has been cracking up audiences across Africa for over a decade.
His real name is Otolorin Kehinde Peter and he originally trained as a physiotherapist.
But Blaq found his passion in comedy after trying his hand at an open mic contest.
He became a regular at Lagos comedy clubs before landing TV roles.
His sketch comedy show The Kenny Blaq Show is one of the continent’s most watched. His current net worth stands at around $4.5 million.
The African entertainment industry has proven lucrative for the continent’s top comedic talent. Comedians like Trevor Noah and Basket mouth can make as much as $5 million from sell-out tours, TV specials, acting roles and endorsement deals.
Even comedians with a smaller following are able to build up a tidy fortune from corporate gigs. As long as they can keep fans laughing, the earning potential looks bright for Africa’s top comedians.