Thanks to social media, creative people continue to find ways to showcase their craft – from comedy to music to activism; these creatives deservedly have become Instagram stars who entertain and educate their followers everyday, giving many people reasons to visit the platform.
And so, here are folks whose pages we visit everyday, because really – what is life without the awesome dedication and distinct beauty waiting to greet at just a swipe on your phone screen?
Meet our favourite Instagram stars who ruled 2016:
Bobrisky started from SnapChat, now he controls virtually all social media platforms available as both fans and haters can’t stop talking about him. In October, EiE Nigeria invited the famous cross-dresser whose real name is Idris Okuneye Olanrewaju to speak at the New Media Citizens and Governance conference in Abuja on the unconventional uses of new media, and that triggered a major debate on social media, especially because a few invited guests pulled out of the conference.
But that quadrupled Bobrisky’s popularity. Soon, the cross-dresser landed his first magazine feature, and next came a music video debut.
Weeks ago, fans in London invited Bobrisky for a meet and greet and folks paid a whopping sum just to take a snap with him. He ranks no. 1 on our list of most-talked-about self-made Nigerian Instagram stars in 2016.
2. Joanne the Scammer
Comedian Branden Miller has won the hearts of many people around the world through his alter ego, Joanne the Scammer, a self-professed ‘messy bitch who lives for drama’. Joanne the Scammer’s hilarious videos always have many people rolling in laughter especially due to the various exaggerated antics she employs in scamming folks. The character has been featured in prestigious magazines, including PAPER and FADER.
3. Maraji (real name Gloria Oloruntobi)
Maraji is fun, crazy, and everything weird you can think of. Her meticulousness is shocking. She uses Musical.ly app to recreate songs and moves, and believe us when we tell you her videos are addictive!
From mimicking Nicki Minaj to Falz and Macklemore, Maraji has proven that she is one of the best out there. Her thorough dedication is evident in her videos, and once, she revealed that she edits tens of times just to get that perfect video.
4. Akam D Boy (Comedian)
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Akam D Boy needs no introduction anymore; he has become Twitter’s favourite meme and his skits which tell mostly about the typical Nigerian father, are super funny.
The Instagram comedian is fast becoming Nigeria’s favourite as he has comfortably snatched the crown off the hands of his contemporaries like Craze Clown and Oluwakaponeski.
5. Hijarbie (owned by Hannefah Adam)
Nigeria’s Hannefah Adam made history when she opened an Instagram account and showcased her line of dolls wearing Islamic veils in fashionable ways.
Speaking with Aljazeera, Adam said, “I set up the account initially to create an avenue to make modest outfits for dolls, because I haven’t really seen one before. Before I created the account, I hadn’t seen a doll in hijab that had her own account and personality. This account provided that hijabi style avenue.”
Presently, she has over 65, 000 followers and the 24-year-old has since made headlines across the world and currently is working with various outfits to create more dolls.
6. Matse Cooks (owned by Matse Uwatse Nnoli)
ROUGH BLEND STEW with FRIED GOAT MEAT and PONMO. This is going down with dodo and rice for lunch. AMEBO. I need to draw the atttention of @MTNng to their customer care service. It is appalling * that is me using a milder word*. I had the worst customer experience ever since I was born. Even market women are polished when compared to the lady ( damn she ain't no lady) 😠 I spoke with today. I guess @MTNng just sources for cheap labour and throws any cheap, crass hand they can find behind their consoles with no proper training on etiquette. I called 180, hoping to get my internet issues resolved. While making the call, my young daughter wanting for something started crying. I quickly signaled my assistant to help me carry her out. The lady at the other end (@MTNng), obviously impatient and irritated, immediately barked orders at me. Honestly my heart skipped. She said: Madam you are in a very noisy environment, move away from the crying child or take the child out. *in a very degrading tone* 😲 I was shocked and momentarily speechless. My people, there is a way you can tell me; "Go f**k yourself" and I would smile and maybe even say "thank you" on top. This lady's tone was horrible. I felt slapped in the face. THIS IS NOT WHAT CUSTOMER SERVICE IS ALL ABOUT. Children cry all the time and we soothe them. I was at Zenith Bank a while ago and my daughter cried and the Customer service rep. chated with her and offered her a lollipop. THAT IS WHAT CUSTOMER SERVICE IS ABOUT. Leaving customers with a feel good experience. I told the MTN lady that she spoke to me rudely and that she lacked tact which a customer service agent should have. She immediately said. "What do you mean ehhh? *in high tone* That place is noisy and I am telling you okayyyy?!". Osalobua! I screamed in my head. Na me this girl dey tell Okayyyy? I went on to tell her to be courteous and that she could be talking to who she shouldn't talk to rudely. It culd be one of their top bosses. She said, "I don't care to know who you are Okayyy?!" Wow I said aloud. Is this call being recorded? I asked. Yes she said. I paused. I said; "Then I hope you get fired. Goodbye. #DroppedTheCall #ProblemUnsolved
The media personality currently tops the list of Nigerian food bloggers, and through her blog, she showcases both local and continental foods, shares great tips on how to recreate her works, and also takes her readers on a trip to market places, to see how she gets the simple ingredients used in preparing her tasty-looking dishes.
There isn’t a day we visit Instagram that we don’t take a peep at what she is up to.
7. The Black Jaguar-White Tiger™ Foundation (owned by Eduardo Serio)
Eduardo’s foundation is therapeutic. We came upon the blog when Khloe Kardashian and her sister visited Mexico and the reality TV star was bold enough to touch one of the tigers. You can read that story here.
We looked up the page and discovered the intelligent mind behind it, Eduardo. Read his deeply moving story of how he started rescuing wild animals and accommodating them in the rescue home set up in his home country Mexico.
Watching his boldness, the unique connection with the most dangerous animals you can ever imagine, it is simply astounding.
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