But for the advent of social media, the creativity of the kids who go by the Instagram name, Ikorodu bois, would probably have been untapped and unexploited. Recently, Instagram witnessed the fresh talents who are known to mimic trending events on Instagram.
Gradually, they are fast becoming one of the most popular social media impressionists as they are being followed by some of Nigeria’s biggest celebrities, some of whom they have mimicked, such as Davido, Adesua Wellington, among others.
The three brothers live in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
In their latest skit, they mimicked Davido’s spectacular grand entrance at his just concluded concert, which held last year. In order to make a grand entrance, the singer was lowered by some strings from the top of a stage. Shortly after, the video of his grand entrance trended on the Nigerian social media space.
As usual, after the concert, the youngest member of the group, Malik, mimicked the video which got Davido’s attention.
The brains behind the group, Tunde Sanni, a 21-year-old undergraduate, described the video as one of the riskiest videos they had shot since the group was formed.
“It was quite a challenge mimicking Davido after we tried it the first time; we had to shoot it again the next morning before we got it. Malik was scared initially but I had to assure him that I was going to hold him from behind. My friend and I held him from behind for us to get that shot. We were all happy after Davido commented a few minutes after we uploaded the video. Another video that was difficult for us to mimic was Adesuwa Etomi’s video with her mother,” he said.
Asked if they’ve ever nursed the fear of getting a backlash from any celebrity, he noted that the celebrities understand that they are kids. “The celebrities understand that they are children and that is why we clearly stated it on our bio that our videos are just for laughs,” he said.
He further explained his relationship with the others in the group, saying, “They are my younger brothers; the oldest of them is 14 years old, Muiz Sanni, and the youngest is Malik Sanni, who is eight years old. It all started after I discovered my younger brothers could act very well, especially Malik, who usually acts like a girl. After DJ Cuppy released a video of her dancing to her song in Epe, one of them, Malik, mimicked her and it was hilarious. It was after this we shot the video. Malik actually wants to go into acting later in life, but his elder brother, Muiz, still wants to be a doctor.”
He further revealed how theystarted the group.
He said, “We started officially in October 2017, I am at home presently due to the strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) and that gave me time to support them. I am the brains behind it. I simply converted Muiz’s Instagram handle to the group’s name – Ikorodu bois. I told them to start mimicking celebrities the way they could.
“We started with translating cartoon videos into the Yoruba; the first video we mimicked was Kanye West’s video. We did it for fun, and people started reposting the videos. The next video we mimicked was by DJ Cuppy; I wasn’t even around when they shot that video. It was after I got back home later that day that I realised they had uploaded the video on Instagram and it had gained many likes and views.
“We felt very honoured and happy when we met DJ Cuppy at the Rhythm Unplugged event last year; she was surprised when she saw us perform at the event. She even reposted the recent video we did about her family on her birthday.
“We didn’t expect to be invited to perform at the Rhythm Unplugged. When they called us to perform, I was surprised because as at that time, we only had 3,000 followers in November that was after we had mimicked DJ Cuppy’s video. To be honest, it has motivated us to do better, and we are happy with the fact that we make people laugh on the Internet,” he said.
The mimic said that their parents have been very supportive of their venture. “Interestingly, our parents have been very supportive even when I used to make comedy skits. Sometimes when we are shooting a skit my mum usually volunteers to help us. More so, shooting these skits doesn’t affect their studies in any way, when school is in session we shoot only on weekends.