The eight year old comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, gained more popularity when her ‘this is not my real face’ video went viral, and people have not stopped wanting to see more of her.
She tells Ademola Olonilua how she was able to achieve such stardom via social media.
How did you discover that you are good at making people laugh?
I knew I could do comedy when I realised that I could make people laugh especially my classmates.
When did you start posting your comedy skits on social media?
My uncle started uploading our skits on social media in 2014; that should be about two years ago. I am one of the kids under the Mark Angel Comedy Corporation but I am the star kid right now. There are other kids in the company but I was told that I have more public appeal and the other kids are not that mature. We began posting comedy skits online because it was cheaper and we needed a voice.
My most popular post is the ‘Not my real face’ joke.
What inspired that particular skit?
It was just one of the materials we wrote and didn’t even see anything special about it. The skit was posted last year.
When you were working on the joke, did you know it would go viral?
No we did not. We just uploaded it like any other material.
What inspires your posts?
It is the Holy Spirit that inspires my social media posts. We also draw inspiration through my upbringing and the environment that I live in.
Do you know the number of fans you have on your social media platforms?
I don’t know the number of followers I have on social media generally but we have our own YouTube channel and we have about 430,000 subscribers.
How many views do you get when you post a skit on the YouTube channel?
The views increase with time. So if we post a major comedy skit, in a month, we should have between 1.5 and two million views.
How many views did ‘Not my real face’ generate?
I have not checked it in recent times but we did not really promote that particular skit, it went viral on its own. We promoted it on Facebook but later on, we put it on our YouTube channel. The skit has been shared on so many other social media platforms. I saw it had 78 million views on a particular page.
It was also on Obama’s first daughter, Malia’s page and it had about 11 million views.
How did you feel when you saw your skit on her wall?
I was very happy and it made me know that it is not only Africans that love what I do. It made me realise that people from other continents are interested in my material. Also, someone from American rapper, Lil Wayne’s family, also posted the skit on their platform. The post generated about 60 million views.
When you joined the social media, did you know it would make you famous?
I did not think about that while joining the social media. What I thought of was to get a new media where I could have a voice. I saw social media as a new media where you could have a voice without necessarily spending all your life savings. We tried normal television for a long time but it was not working. We had to spend a lot of money and my uncle’s job could not afford that always so we had to look for other ways to be heard.
Is it right to say that social media has made you a millionaire?
I do not know if that is right but it is right to say that it has made me popular.
How about your school?
After the holiday, I would be in Basic 2.
How have you been coping with fame and school?
They don’t clash. I am still a kid and I am happy that my uncle is not treating me like an adult but a child that I am. I think things can only go wrong when they start treating me like an adult because I cannot become one overnight. Nothing has really changed about me since I became popular. The only difference is that I am not usually at home most weekends because there are several events I have to attend. When I am home, I live my normal life and I am not treated like a celebrity except occasionally when some people in my area see me and tell me they love my videos. I don’t have anyone