Videos have become an essential part of pop culture and for Generation Z- the kids born with the tech-gene, sharing videos of the things they love, hate or love to hate, has become almost as important as breathing. The result? The evolution of a new species of celebrities, influential and trendsetting non-Hollywood types, whose appeal lies not in a notorious family name or the allure of a leaked sex tape, but in content that’s both fascinating and relevant.
Comedy is huge on YouTube, but there’s a young Nigerian comedienne who is taking the platform by storm. Six year old Emmanuella Samuel is the star of Mark Angel Comedy- one of Nigeria’s top-ranked YouTube users, with over 280 thousand subscribers and views regularly exceeding 3 million. Each Mark Angel video features Emmanuella doing or saying something utterly outrageous, just like every child her age. Her witty comebacks have put the Mark Angel team’s skits firmly on the map, but her surprising acting talent, which includes her arsenal of interesting facial expressions, is the cherry on the cake. When the script calls for a straight face, for example, Emmanuella puts up one like a poker player and when it’s time for a frown, Charles Dickens’ Scrooge has got nothing on the youngster.
Emmanuella was born July 22, 2010. She is niece to Mark Angel the owner of the comic skits that she is featured on.She has lived with Mark Angels family ever since she was born even though her parents are alive. Emmanuella started comedy when she was still in Primary 1 as at the time she started shooting videos. He simply groomed her and introduced her to showbiz.
Mark Angel discovered Emmanuella when he was on set preparing a comedy video. Initially, she was not cast for any role, but she asked for it because she believed she could do it .
As at November 2016, Emmanuella has achieved quite a lot. She has gone mainstream and has met a lot of big names in the Nigerian entertainment industry – Actresses,singers,comedians and even popular business moguls.
She emerged as Africa’s youngest you tube award winner at the inaugural Sub-Saharan African (SSA) YouTube Awards. She was recently awarded the Princess of Comedy title at the Afro Australia Music and Movie Awards (AAMMA 2016) held in Sydney as well as Best New Comedienne. She is currently on location taking up a more challenging role in a full length feature film titled “Survive or Die”. The movie also stars her uncle Mark Angel who received an AAMMA award for Leadership and Mentorship.