Ali Baba spoke about his career and success at 50, and claimed that Nigerian comedians are richer than Nigerian actors.
He said: “You wouldn’t believe (it) but let me tell you. You shoot a movie, it takes 4 months for the movie to be released and they get paid. There is hardly an actor that charges N1 million or N2 million per movie unless you are in the top end of the hierarchy such as RMD, Genevieve, and Omotola. But then, there are comedians that charges N800, 000 or N1 million per event.”
He added: “In four months, such comedian would have done maybe 30 events but because he doesn’t do a movie that is on cable TV that can be seen in Kenya, South Africa, and all across the country, people do not think he is making that kind of money”.
A popular comedian would have performed at 6 to 8 different shows in a month before a Nollywood actor wraps up a shoot on the set of a movie, he said.
The comedy veteran disclosed that there are quite a number of Nigerian comedians whose wives do not have jobs but who still live large.
Ali Baba, who became really famous in the early part of the millennium, recently gave a 50-point guideline on what can kill an artist’s career.

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