We know we’re in 2022 but it’s important to make a recap of 2021 first. 2021 was a great year for Nigerian Instagram comedians. Young and talented comedians have not only won our hearts, but have even gotten international recognition. LitAfrik lists top 10 Nigerian Instagram comedians of 2021.
Aloma Isaac Junior was a surprise a sensation of the year as he supposedly came late to the party compared to others. The Kaduna-born comedian is mostly known for playing female characters he named Sister Ekwitos, Angelica, Mama Amazing Grace etc. His skits are inspired by everyday happenings around him. Zicsaloma has 1 million followers on Instagram.
Gloria Oloruntobi aka Maraji was dubbed queen of Nigerian Instagram comedy in 2019. But she took a break from comedy for a while due to personal reasons. She is back now and balling. Maraji gained fame from lipsyncing popular songs. From there, the very talented young lady began playing different characters in her skits. Marriage and pregnancy hasn’t stopped the internet sensation from doing her thing. Maraji has 1.3 million followers on Instagram.
Josh Alfred is best known for playing Madam Felicia who often ‘scatters’ well-known songs with her thick Igbo accent during auditions. Her renditions are so hilarious we often watch those auditions over and over again. Josh2funny has recently taken to producing very hilarious and original songs of his own. His consistency earned him a place as one of the best Nigerian Instagram comedians where a lot of his peers have already lost steam in the business. Josh has 2 million followers on Instagram.
Abisi Emmanuel Ezechukwu is perhaps the most underrated Instagram comedian on the list. But there is no doubt about his talents in comedy. His 2.3 million followers are testimony that the 24-year-old `knows his stuff. Nasty’s skits centre around relationships and realities of life.
Birth name Micheal Sani Amanesi, MC-Lively is known as one of the craziest ones in the industry. He plays the role of an angry unemployed youth who finds himself in all sorts of trouble in various endeavours to survive. MC-Lively has 2.5 million followers on Instagram.
5. Mr. Macaroni
Debo Adebayo was another unexpected sensation like Zicsaloma. His most notable character is Daddy Wa, a wealthy randy businessman who chases everything in skirt that often ends badly for him. Other notable characters he plays are Debo, Daddy Wa’s wayward son and Professor Hardlife, a very uptight university professor that delights in failing his students. “Ooin, ooin, freaky freaky” is obviously “doing well” for himself as he has 2.6 million followers on Instagram.
Maryam Apaokagi aka Taaoma is the current queen of Nigerian Instagram comedy after overtaking Maraji. And the way she is going, it will be very difficult for another female to unseat her anytime soon. Taaoma’s most notable skits are based on a mother who disciplines her mischievous daughter with brain resetting slaps. So hilarious. Taaoma has 3.1 million followers on Instagram.
3. Sydney Talker
‘Towel guy’ is one of the most creative content makers in the industry. Although his skits are mostly not suitable for persons under 18, they are hilarious all the same. In addition, Sydney has helped his friends to grow in the industry by featuring them or getting featured in skits. He has 3.3 million followers on Instagram.
2. Lasisi Elenu
Nosa Afolabi aka Lasisi Elenu will always remain one of the best Nigerian Instagram comedian of all time. From ranting with filter distorted features to evolving into a lawyer and yahoo boy, there is nothing Lasisi cannot do. And his consistency has paid off which makes him the number 2 on the list. Lasisi has 3.9 million followers on Instagram.
1. Broda Shaggi
Samuel Animashaun Perry aka Broda Shaggi takes the number 1 spot on the list of Best Nigerian Instagram Comedians. With 9.6 million followers, our “fine boy agbero” has remained consistent creating content that entertain us daily. Not only has he earned the right to be the king of Nigerian Instagram comedy, Broda Shaggi is looking to take over the music and movie industry as he often features in music videos and Nollywood movies.