By: Onifade Bello A. and ‘Kunle Adebajo
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has congratulated popular Nigerian comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, as she is set to feature in a Hollywood movie with Disney. Dr. Saraki also invited the young comedienne to the Senate, describing her as “an inspiration.”
Saraki made this known via his official Facebook and Twitter accounts. “Congratulations Emmanuella! Make sure you make them laugh over there. Your story is an inspiration. Come by the @NGRSenate sometime, let’s discuss how we can develop the potential of our young talents in the creative industry,” he tweeted.
Senator Danjuma Goje, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, likewise tweeted: “Congratulations, Emmanuella! On the very day you come by the
@NGRSenate to discuss how we can develop the potential of our young talents in the creative industry, make sure you make us laugh.”
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state has also taken to Twitter to felicitate with her. “It is always a thing of joy to see young Nigerians doing exceedingly well in the global entertainment industry. Very big congratulations to comedienne, Emmanuella as she gets a role with Disney Hollywood Film. I wish her well as she conquers the world with her amazing talent,” he wrote on Sunday.
Although the movie’s title has not been disclosed and the time it will be shown is not known yet, Emmanuella made the revelation on her Instragram account over the weekend. She thanked all who have given her support since she took to comedy as a career and added that she never thought of reaching “here so soon”.
“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 wrote.
Giving more hints on Instagram, in a second post, the seven-year-old appealed to the officials in Disney’s costume department to “please package me well.”
“Forget this great man I’m standing with first, we will talk about him later. Now biko can somebody tell the costume department to please package me well. Worris dis? What character am I playing today? “Ngkbeke in America?”
Emmanuella is popular for her exciting roles in Mark Angel’s comedy kits. Since her venture into YouTube with the Mark Angel comedy show, her fans have grown to hit about 1 million subscribers on YouTube. In 2017, her channel became the first African channel to get to a million subscribers, and she became Africa’s youngest YouTube award winner. She also appeared in ads for Nickelodeon and Wikipedia; and topped off the year with a CNN feature.
She was crowned in 2016 in Sydney, Australia, as the Princess of Comedy by the Afro-Australia Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA); making her the youngest recipient of the award. Her handler, Mark Angel was honoured with a leadership award.