Social media has made the jobs of entertainers (actors, musicians, comedians etc) all over the world easier as celebrities.
Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Youtube, Google+ and Instagram have given these creatives the opportunity to present their craft to millions upon millions of people and become popular. Previously unknown comics in Nigeria have found in Instagram the perfect tool to showcase their talents. The more successful ones have managed to become full blown celebs in their own right.
Doronize have just gathered 10 of these now Instagram famous comedians below:
Even though he came on the scene as a musician, Folarin Falana aka Falzthebahdguy has carved a niche for himself not just as an actor but also a comedian. He even won an AMVCA award for best comic actor along the way. His skits always attract a lot of views and recently, he started collaborating with other Instagram acts on their projects. Arguably one of the most popular of all Instagram comics, 1 million followers keep up with his updates on Instagram.
Often featuring the antics of his ‘son’ Ade and how he deals with them, Craze Clown has parlayed his online fame into more money for himself. He was one of the first Instagram celebs to be made a brand ambassador (in his case Nairabet). He has also hosted a sold out show based on his online character. One major thing about him is the fact that he is a medical student based in Ukraine. He also has over 1.1 million followers on Instagram.
Popularly known for the bevy of characters he plays in his skits, some even refer to him as the Nigerian Instagram version of Eddie Murphy. He is also an ambassador for sports betting brand Surebet. He currently has over 213, 000 followers on Instagram.
Wofai Ewa can be called – jack of all trades – and you wouldn’t be wrong. The TV presenter, actor, MC, model and content provider popularly known as Wofaifada also hosts a programme, ELR8D, on Ebony Life TV. The Cross River state indigene has over 270, ooo followers on Instagram.
If you listen to Wazobia FM or Cool FM, then you must be familiar with Emmaohmagod’s work. Known for his music skits on the stations, he also branched into making videos on Instagram and Youtube. One of his most popular videos is the Igbo version of Rihanna’s hit song Work. He has over 187,000 followers on Instagram.
A soldier by day and comic the rest of the time, Oluwakaponeski’s materials feature daily happenings in an African home amongst other things. He often appears as his alter ego Mama Tobi. He recently started a #sugarmummy series which, in my opinion, is absolutely hilarious. He has over 155, 000 followers on Instagram.
Another rising star, Kanmi’s character Akanm D Boy is popular for his ‘bad boy’ antics and the phrase “you haff joined bad gang”, actually inspired by the comedian’s mother. He has over 127,000 followers on Instagram.
Dami Olatunde quit his “boring and annoying” day job as an accountant to pursue comedy. Now with over 328,000 followers on Instagram, he is making people around the world laugh with his take on African culture.
He describes himself on his Instagram bio as a ‘professional mad man’ and watching his hilarious skits, you may be forced to agree. At least 194,000 followers agree can attest to this.
Even though he has just 47,000 followers on Instagram, Ebiye Victor is steady gaining ground as a comedian. This is evident the buzz his skits generate.