By Ahmad Muto
Emmy Award nominee Joseph Opio has declined to accept the title of the “highest earning Ugandan entertainer” being thrown at him many times, especially when conversations about net worth came up. He revealed this while speaking to The Kampala Sun. According to him, he is not even close to the highest earning Ugandan entertainer.
“Unfortunately, I am gonna have to plead the Fifth. There is no conceivable way to accurately answer that question without attracting unnecessary attention from the taxman. Or worse, slay queens,” he said.
About performing in Uganda, he says his agents have set a fee that depends on different factors. “My agents set my performance fee depending on different factors. But I think it would be anywhere between $40,000-$50,000.” That is close to sh200m.
As a word of advice, he has encouraged comedians to expand their footprint outside Uganda, arguing that it is more lucrative. “For one, it is way more lucrative. But even more importantly, performing on the international circuit exposes one to superior comedic minds and a more diverse audience. You can be the Sultan of Stand-up in Uganda; the Caliph of Comedy in Kampala. But if you never venture beyond your comfort zone, you will never maximise your potential. Think of it this way: There is nothing wrong with captaining Butambala in the Masaza Cup. But to make the Ballon d’Or shortlist, you better start captaining Barcelona in the UEFA Champions.”