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Meet Africa’s Top 10 Best Comedians; Number One Is Not Nigerian

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The Comedy industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry around the world and comedy itself has become a lucrative profession.

On the African continent, Comedians are stepping up their game daily and gathering wealth, fame and respect alongside the musicians.

A number of young people have also started to fancy a career in comedy.

In that light, we have decided to present to you the top 10 Comedians on the African continent.

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10. Bovi (Nigeria)

Bovi Ugboma is a Nigerian comedian. A director, producer, actor, and writer from Delta State, Nigeria.

The 36-year-old has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Bovi Man On Fire across the globe.

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9. Eddie Kadi (Republic of Congo)

Eddie Kadi is a UK comedian, presenter, actor and MC who originates from Republic of Congo.

The British-bred comedian who has continuously wooed everyone with his unique African-infused brand of comedy and humor, even selling-out notable event venues in the multicultural UK. He is the first black british comedian to headline a show at 02 Arena.

john-vlismas8. John Vlismas (South-Africa)

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.

michael-blackson7. Michael Blackson (Ghana)
Michael Blackson is a Ghanaian who is surely understood for his dry jokes which are constantly adequate to make his gathering of people reel in giggling. He is really the most established of the considerable number of entertainers in this rundown: he was born in November, 1972. He is famously known as the African King of Comedy. He was inspired by Eddie Murphy.

Michael Blackson has performed in some surely understood comic drama competitions, for example, the USA Comedy Central Tour in Philadelphia, the chlitz Malt Liquor Comedy Tour in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and the Urban Comedy Festival in New York City. Blackson likewise contended in the Laffapolooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta and the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition in Oakland, California

nik6. Nik Rabinowitz (South-Africa)

Nik Rabinowitz is a South African comedian, actor and author, who has made guest appearances on several comedy shows, including the British panel show Mock the Week. He currently resides in Cape Town.

riaad-moosa5. Riaad Moosa (South-Africa)

Riaad Moosa is an Indian-born South African comedian, actor and doctor of Indian-Malay descent.

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He is popularly known for drawing his jokes from his Indian heritage and Muslim faith. He is of a mixed decent – Indian-Malay.

He is a doctor by profession but abandoned his profession for comedy, using laughter instead of drugs as medicines for healing people! His popularity in comedy stemmed from the comedy-club circuit of his native Cape Town, where he became known for poking fun at Islamic stereotypes.

IgoDye4. I Go Dye (Nigeria)

Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye or I Go Die a Nigerian comedian from Delta State, Nigeria, who has organized different shows, such as “Igodye Standing”, across the globe.
The 36-year-old has featured in MTV Africa Music Awards and also in opening and closing shows of the world’s notable musicians including Akon, Boyz II Men, 50-Cent, Rick Ross, The Game, Kelly Rowland and others. He has won Creative Award in Africa (CAN), African Best Comedian, TV People Golden Award (New York), Best Creative Comedian In Africa, the NIDOE-SPAIN Award for his contribution to uplifting Nigerian cultural and artistic values, the Nigeria Best Comedian Award (NEA AWARD), National Comedy Award (NCA), Best Comedian In Nigeria, Best Niger-Delta Comedian, and many more awards.

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3. Loyiso Gola (South-Africa)

Loyiso Gola 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 e.tv and eNCA which was launched in 2010.

He was born on 16th May 1983 and started his career as a comedian in year 2002. He is synonymous with giving satirical jokes which though hilarious, usually have underlying serious meanings.

wpid-basketmouth1.png2. Basketmouth (Nigeria)

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. The 36-year-old hails from Abia state, Nigeria.
Basketmouth has hosted several sold out comedy shows, Basket Mouth uncensored, which was held for four consecutive years, (2005-2009) across the globe. He was the first African comedian to host a one-man comedy concert at the HMB Hammersmith Apollo which made huge sales; that was on 21st February, 2010.

He has since hosted 9 different concerts in the UK including Basket Mouth Uncensored Live @ the o2, Nigerian Kings of Comedy, The African Kings of Comedy, hosted Comedy Central presents in South Africa, Lords of The Ribs, et al.

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1. Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, TV and radio host, and actor. He is the host of American news satire television program The Daily Show, succeeding Jon Stewart.
Though Noah is often regarded as a South African, it is actually his mother that is a native of South Africa. His father is Swiss but lived in South Africa where he married and gave birth to Trevor.

Trevor does not put down his speeches in writing, not even a sketch of it as some other comedians do. He does everything spontaneously and this makes a lot of difference. He generates humour from whatever he feels is suitable for the situation and audience at that moment.

 

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