By Salim Yunusa
Nigeria’s comedy star, Emanuella Samuel, known as Emanuella has won the Nickelodeon Kid Choice Awards 2021 in the ‘Favorite African Social Media Star’ category.
Emanuella emerged winner in the “Favourite African Social Media Star” category at Nickelodeons Kids Choice Awards by public voting.
She was nominated alongside Nigerian comedy group, Ikorodu Bois, South African Magician, Wian Van Den Berg; Ugandan Youth Dance Group, Ghetto Kids, Kenyan social media sensation, Elsa Majimbo, and South African media personality, Bonang Matheba.
She showed her appreciation to her fans in a post on Instagram, she wrote: “Congratulations to me as I won the Favourite African Social Media Star category at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021. I am so happy to be a winner, thank you! To all my fans out there, I say thank you. To all those who voted for me, I love you so much, this win would not have been possible without you.”
Emanuella Samuel was just five years old and on a family holiday when she partook in a comedy skit that would shoot her to stardom and win her four international awards.
In the skit titled, “My Real Face,” she deformed her face to avoid the wrath of the headmistress and her daughter.
Her catchphrase “This Is Not My Real Face Oh” quickly became household slang and a source of fascination for the kid whose actions and words defied her age.
Emanuella’s daring yet hilarious actions evoked laughter and curiosity as to who the little girl was.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, congratulated the star, saying “Congratulations, Emanuella, on clinching Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards 2021 in the ‘Favorite African Social Media Star’ category. Your triumph is another proof of the limitless possibilities of our youth and the creative industry in Nigeria.”