When Nigeria was under military rule, comedians risked jail if they criticised the regime. Since 1999 when a civilian government was voted in, there's been more freedom of expression and the comics can perform regularly.
Hundreds of fans pay their way into weekly shows. But when there's a government minister sitting in the audience, how much can you really get away with?
Eniwoke Ibagere spoke to writer Fred Edorah on his book Nigerian Comedy and Satire and to comedians Basorge and Baby Face at a comedy night in Lagos.