7-year-old Nigerian comedy star Emmanuella to debut in Hollywood

Emmanuella (centred) — Photo: brandessencenigeria.com

Nigerian comedienne Emmanuella Samuel, who rose to fame some three years ago after her Youtube skits went viral, has landed a role in a Disney Hollywood movie.

The 7-year-old girl who was discovered and managed by her uncle Mark Angel posted the good news on Instagram which gained thousands of likes from fans and lots of media attention from Nigeria and the West African region.

“Thanks @disneystudios God bless everyone whose support has added to bringing us here. I never dreamed of being here so soon. I miss Success. I love you all,” she posted with a picture of her being filmed.\

Emmanuella’s popularity has crossed Nigeria’s borders and the continent as she has performed at comedy events in West and East Africa while her Youtube skits and page have gained more than a million views and subscribers respectively.

According to local Nigerian news portal The Guardian, she is the first African to have one million subscribers on her YouTube comedy channel.

Emmanuella has won several awards including the 2016 Best New Comedienne and Princess of Comedy awards at the Afro-Australia Music and Movie Awards in Australia.

Her breakthrough into Hollywood was welcomed by the President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, who described her as an inspiration and invited her to the Senate to discuss the development of the potential of young talents in the creative industry.

Watch one of her skits below.

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on face2faceafrica.com

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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