Africa is home to some of the world’s most talented entertainers and the continent is not short on hysterical comedians. The emergence of stand-up comedy in Africa has produced some of the most hilarious and globally recognized comedians. If laughter is the best medicine, then Africa is one of the world’s top destinations for those in need of treatment.
We went through some of the funniest, knee-jerking clips of Africa’s funniest people to compile a list of the five top comedians from the continent. Enjoy!
Anne Kansiime, Ugandan
Born in 1987 in Kabale, Uganda, Anne Kansiime has quickly become one of the most celebrated female comedians in Africa. In fact many people now refer to her as “Africa’s Queen of Comedy.” Kansiime holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Makerere University, Uganda. She is best known for her current TV show, “Don’t Mess with Kansiime,” which airs on CitizenTV in Kenya.
Dan “Churchill” Ndambuki, Kenyan
Daniel Ndambuki was born in 1977 in Machakos, Eastern Kenya and is considered by many to be Kenya’s top stand-up comedian. He is best known for his TV show “Churchill Raw,” which nurtures young and upcoming Kenyan comedians. Ndambuki is also the CEO of Laugh Industry Kenya – a local entertainment company.
Bright Okpocha, Nigerian
Better known as Basketmouth, Bright Okpocha was born in 1978 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is an award-winning comedian, starring in numerous TV shows and commercials in Nigeria and around the world. Okpocha is popular for his stand-up comedy concerts dubbed, Basketmouth Uncensored.
Tumi Morake, South African
Since the start of her career as a comedian in 2006, Tumi Morake has become a household name in South Africa. She has cut her niche in the male-dominated comedy industry, earning the title,South Africa’s First Lady of Comedy. Tumi is known to be bold, sassy, funny, and unique.
Michael Blackson, Ghanaian
Michael Blackson is a Ghanaian-born comedian currently residing in the United States. He says his inspiration to join comedy came from legendary American comedian Eddie Murphy. Blackson began acting in 1992 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is popular for his unique onscreen performance as an “Angry African Man.”
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