Top 10 Best, Famous, And Richest Comedians In Africa In 2023 (Highest-Paid African Comedians)

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Who are the richest comedians in Africa? Who are the best African comedians? Here’s a list of the top 10 wealthiest comedians in Africa.

10. Eddie Kadi (Bristish-Congolese) – $1.5 million

Top 10 Best, Famous, And Richest Comedians In Africa In 2022 (Highest-Paid African Comedians)
  • Real Name: Eddie Kadi
  • Date of Birth/Age: May 18, 1983 (age 39 years)
  • Birthplace: Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Nationality: British-Congolese
  • Net Worth: $1.5 million

Eddie Kadi is a British-Congolese comedian, presenter, actor, Philanthropist, and MC. His works include creating and producing a travel show which aired on Vox Africa in the UK with the personal mandate of educating the African diaspora on untouched and almost forgotten countries in Africa. 

Kadi also has hosted a ‘Panafrolink’ event for NBA player Luol Deng in New York City and London and the men’s basketball games during the London 2012 games. Eddie is also currently a panelist on the BBC radio sports show called “Fighting Talk” and is a regular contributor to CNN Talk, most recently contributing to “CNN Talk: Max Foster”. Kadi was called upon to host the ‘Powernomics Show’, the historic multi-state tour which featured Lauryn Hill and Nas as headlining acts.

A resident of West London since 1992, he is a past student of Fulham Primary School, Henry Compton Secondary School, William Morris Academy, and Kingston University from which he graduated with BSc Honours in Media Technology. Kadi served as President of the Afro-Caribbean Society at the University.

Info Famous People estimates Eddie Kadi’s net worth to be around $1.5 million.

9. John Vlismas (South Africa) – $1.5 million

Top 10 Best, Famous, And Richest Comedians In Africa In 2022 (Highest-Paid African Comedians)
  • Real Name: Jihn Vlismas
  • Date of Birth/Age:
  • May 3, 1973 (age 49 years)
  • Nationality: South African
  • Birthplace: Marondera, Zimbabwe
  • Education: Durban University of Technology
  • Net Worth: $1.5 million

John Vlismas is a South African stand-up comedian and entertainment promoter. Vlismas won the 2007 South African Comedy Award for best stand-up comedian of the year and was a finalist in the 2008 Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off. 

In 2010, Vlismas was in the comedy film Outrageous with fellow South African comedians, Barry Hilton, Joey Rasdien, Loyiso Gola, Mark Banks, Riaad Moosa, and Krijay Govender – the only female in the cast.

In April 2014, Vlismas was part of the panel at Comedy Central Africa’s Roast of Kenny Kunene and Steve Hofmeyr.

All Famous Birthday estimates John Vlismas’ net worth to be around $1.5 million.

8. Bovi (Nigeria) – $1.9 million

  • Real Name: Bovi Ugboma
  • Date of Birth/Age: September 25, 1979 (age 43 years)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Net Worth: $1.9 million
  • Birthplace: Benin City, Nigeria
  • Spouse: Kris Asimonye Ugboma (m. 2007)
  • Notable works and roles: Extended Family; The Bovi Ugboma Show; Bovi: Man on Fire
  • Children: Elena Ugboma, David Ugboma, Chuchu Ugboma
  • Parents: Margaret Ugboma, Chief Eddie Ugbomah
  • Siblings: Albert Akogo

Bovi Ugboma is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Bovi: Man on Fire across the globe. 

Bovi Ugboma was born in Benin City, the capital of Edo State. He attended UNIBEN staff school for his primary education. In 1991, he was enrolled in Government College, Ughelli in Delta State. For disciplinary reasons and fear from his parents of his development as a youth, he was removed from boarding school and transferred to Edokpolor grammar school in Benin city where they lived. That move proved non-productive and he moved to his third secondary school, Boys’ model secondary school, Onicha Olona, an all-boarding school. After completing his secondary education, he gained admission in 1998 to Delta State University where he studied Theatre Arts.

Bovi began his career in April 2007, starring in the sitcom Extended Family, which he also wrote and produced.  The show was very popular, and by 2008 Bovi was an emerging force in comedy shows and events throughout Nigeria. He got his big break as a stand-up comedian in Nite of 1000 Laughs organized by Opa Williams.

In 2013, his first stand-up special was held at the prestigious Eko convention center. He would go on to stage the sequel in 2014. Bovi- Man on Fire 2014 also featured international superstars Ja Rule and Ashanti. Bovi took the one-man special to several cities in the United States, including London, Melbourne, and Toronto.

In 2017, after a three-year hiatus, the Man on Fire franchise returned to Lagos and it was the most successful yet. The fourth edition in Lagos was held in April 2019 and Bovi insists it is the last of the man on Fire franchise.

He says his next special will go by another title. Bovi began a series titled “BACK TO SCHOOL” in 2018 which he uploads on his YouTube channel. Bovi has worked alongside other Nigerian comedians such as I Go Dye, I Go Save, Basketmouth, Buchi, Odogwu, Okey Bakassi Julius Agwu, and many others.

Bovi premiered his first movie It’s Her Day on 9 September 2016. He was nominated for the AMVCA awards as the best actor in comedy; his third individual nomination since the inception of the AMVCA and the fourth from his works. The movie, though lacking in mainstream publicity, went on to have a decent run in the cinemas and grossed 55 million naira at the box office. He wrote and featured in the 2021 comedy movie My Village People.

The Explorin estimates Bovi’s net worth to be around $1.9 million.

7. Michael Blackson (American-Ghanaian) – $2 million

  • Real Name: Michael Blackson
  • Date of Birth/Age: November 28, 1972 (age 49 years)
  • Birthplace: Ghana
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Children: 3
  • Net Worth: $2 million

Michael Blackson is an American-Ghanaian-Liberian actor and comedian based in the United States. 

Michael Blackson was born in Liberia to a Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother. He spent his young years in between Monrovia and Ghana before relocating to the United States in the mid-1980s. His father died in 2008. Michael lived in Newark, New Jersey when he was 13, and then settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was 15. He began pursuing comedy after his coworker at Domino’s suggested he start open mic.

In 2005, he released a comedy sketch CD entitled Modasucka: Welcome to America. Also in 2005, he made an appearance on the TV series 30 Rock, P. Diddy Presents: The Bad Boys of Comedy on HBO, and starred in a commercial for Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central.

In 2011, Blackson appeared on Starz’s Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Stand-up and Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam.

In 2019, Blackson appeared in the “Wakonda” official music video by Akon.

Blackson is the uncle of NFL player, Eli Apple.

On July 31, 2021, Blackson proposed to his girlfriend, Rada Darling, during a radio interview on The Breakfast Club. On November 24, 2021, Blackson became a U.S. citizen.

Celebrity Net Worth estimates Michael Blackson’s net worth to be around $2 million.

6. Nik Rabinowitz (South Africa) – $3 million

  • Real Name: Nik Rabinowtiz
  • Date of Birth/Age: October 3, 1976 (age 46 years)
  • Nationality: South Africa
  • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Spouse: Debbie Rabinowitz (m. 2007)
  • Net Worth: $3 million

Nik Rabinowitz is a South African comedian, actor, and author, who has made guest appearances on several comedy shows, including the British panel shows Mock the Week. He also appeared in the 2012 film Material. He currently resides in Cape Town. He is also a presenter on SABC, where he has presented Coca-Cola Megamillions Gameshow. He currently presents The Week that Wasn’t. His book South Africa: Long Walk to a Free Ride was launched in early 2012.

Rabinowitz was born into a Jewish family in Constantia, Cape Town. He graduated from the University of Cape Town. He learned to speak Xhosa as a child.

Nik is married to Debbie Rabinowitz who is a General Practitioner and has 3 children.

Wikispro estimates Nik Rabinowtiz’s net worth to be around $3 million.

5. I Go Dye (Nigeria) – $4.3 million

  • Real Name: Francis Agoda
  • Date of Birth/Age: April 4, 1979 (age 43 years)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Birthplace: Abraka, Nigeria
  • Spouse: Stella Agoda
  • Education: Ighogbadu Primary School, Warri, Nigeria; College of Commerce, Warri, Nigeria
  • Net Worth: $4.3 million

Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye or I Go Die is a Nigerian comedian. He is a motivational speaker, writer, and social crusader. He has organized several international comedy shows such as “Igodye Standing.” 

Glusea estimates I Go Dye’s net worth to be 1.8 billion naira which is equivalent to $4.3 million

4. Riaad Moosa – South Africa – $5 million

  • Real Name: Riaad Moosa
  • Date of Birth/Age: 18 June 1977 (age 45 years)
  • Nationality: South African
  • Birthplace: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Spouse: Farzanah Bemat ​(m. 2003)​
  • Notable Works and Films: Material, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (film)
  • Website:
  • Net Worth: $5 million

Riaad Moosa is a South African comedian, actor, and doctor.

Moosa grew up in Grassy Park and has three siblings. He attended South Peninsula High School until 1994. His sister is a doctor, his Indian-born father is an orthopedic surgeon, and his Cape Town-born Malay mother is a GP. Since he was a child, he wanted to do medicine.

Moosa spent three years training in magic and became a silver medallion graduate of the College of Magic in Cape Town. He started his comedy career as a comedy magician and he was presented with the Comedy Magic award at the Center for the Magical Arts in Cape Town. His future in magic was terminated when somebody doing flash photography illuminated the wire across the stage where his magic orb was floating.

Moosa then spent six years training in medicine at the University of Cape Town Medical School and did his internship in hospitals near Thokoza in Gauteng, at Groote Schuur, and Khayelitsha in Cape Town. In 2001, he graduated from UCT Medical School. He is a qualified medical doctor and GP. He then worked for three years as a doctor.

Apumone estimates Riaad Mosa’s net worth to be around $5 million.

3. Loyiso Gola (South Africa) – $6 million

  • Real Name: Loyiso Gola
  • Date of Birth: 16 May 1983 (age 39)
  • Nationality: South Africa
  • Birthplace: Gugulethu, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Notable works and roles: Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola
  • Net Worth: $6 million

Loyiso Gola (born 16 May 1983) is a South African stand-up comedian. He is the co-creator and anchor of the late-night satirical news television series Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola on and eNCA which was launched in 2010.

In 2012 he was named one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, in the Media & Film category. Men’s Health describes Gola as having “divisive mass appeal” due to the openly critical nature of his humour, and being “a genuine thinker masquerading as a fool and the reluctant voice of a cynical generation”. His younger brother Lazola Gola is also a comedian.

Buzz South Africa estimates Loyiso Gola’s net worth to be $6 million.

2. Basket Mouth (Nigeria) – $6.7 million

  • Real Name: Bright Okpocha
  • Date of Birth/Age: September 14, 1978 (age 44 years)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Spouse: Elsie Uzoma Okpocha (m. 2010)
  • Parents: Felicia Okpocha
  • Children: Janelle Okpocha, Jason Okpocha
  • Siblings: Godwin Okpocha, Lenora Okpocha
  • Net Worth: $6.7 million

Bright Okpocha better known by his stage name Basketmouth is a Nigerian comedian and actor. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe.

Basketmouth hosted a comedy challenge on Instagram, called the #TwoThingsChallenge which sparked an uproar from fans, after a young fan posted a video of him saying obscene things relating to sex, with a child in close view in the video.

He was a producer of “Ghana Jollof“.

Clacified estimates Basket Mouth’s net worth to be 2.1 billion naira which is equivalent to $6.7 million.

1. Trevor Noah (South Africa) – $100 million

  • Real Name: Trevor Noah
  • Date of Birth/Age: February 20, 1984 (age 39 years)
  • Nationality: South African
  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Height: 5′ 11″
  • Parents: Patricia Noah, Robert Noah
  • Siblings: Andrew Shingange, Isaac Shingange
  • Net Worth: $100 million

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television host, actor, and political commentator. He was the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central.

Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career in South Africa in 2002. He had several hosting roles with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and was the runner-up in the fourth season of South Africa’s iteration of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. From 2010 to 2011, he hosted the late-night talk show Tonight with Trevor Noah, which he created and aired on M-Net and DStv.

In 2014, Noah became the Senior International Correspondent for The Daily Show, and in 2015 succeeded long-time host Jon Stewart. His autobiographical comedy book Born a Crime was published in 2016. He hosted the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2021.

Noah has won various awards, including an MTV Africa Music Award and a Primetime Emmy Award from eleven nominations. He was named one of “The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the hundred most influential people in the world.

Who is the richest comedian in Africa? Trevor Noah is the wealthiest African comedian. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Trevor Noah’s net worth to be $100 million as of 2023.