- Road to Fame
- About the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2021
Nigeria’s comedy star, Emanuella Samuel, popularly known as Emanuella, emerged the winner of the “Favourite African Social Media Star” category at the Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2021.
Emanuella 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.
Emanuella’ Road To Fame
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.
Emanuella’s latest win comes after after losing to Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo in 2018 when she was first nominated.
At the Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2021, emanuella finally won and now gets to add a well-deserved orange blimp to her growing collection of internationally recognised awards.
Expressing her delight on Instagram at receiving the Award, Emanuella said, “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”.
The young star also took the opportunity to urge viewers not to “forget to stay safe.” “Always stay at home and remember to clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitisers. We love you so much”, she added.
Alongside Emanuella who won the award is the popular Ikorodu Bois who have succeeded in using everyday items to make a difference.
Using little things, mostly household equipment at their disposal the kids have endeared themselves to the heart of millions across the world.
Despite losing to Emanuella, the Ikorodu Bois in the spirit of sportsmanship have taken to their Twitter account to congratulate the comedienne on her achievement.
They wrote, “Congratulations Emmanuela!!”
About the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2021
The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, also known as the KCAs or Kids’ Choice, is an annual American children’s awards ceremony show that is produced by Nickelodeon.
The show honours the year’s biggest television, movie, and music acts as voted by viewers worldwide of Nickelodeon networks.
Winners receive a hollow orange blimp figurine, a logo outline for much of the network’s 1984–2009 era, which also functions as a kaleidoscope.
The 2021 Nickelodeon Award ceremony was hosted by Kenan Thompson (Kenan, Saturday Night Live), the KCAs featured show-stopping performances by the talented Justin Bieber. He took the stage to sing hit songs “Intentions” with Quavo, “Anyone” and “Hold On.” He leads the pack with five nominations this year, winning two.
Speaking on this year’s African talents who emerged as winners, Monde Twala, Senior Vice President & GM ViacomCBS networks Africa commented, “Africa is indisputably brimming with talent, and it is such a huge feat to witness two young, talented and inspiring female winners from Nigeria and Uganda emerge triumphantly at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021!.
”At ViacomCBS Networks Africa, we are deeply vested in showcasing African talent on the world stage across our platforms. The youth generation contribute significantly to bringing kids hope, enthusiasm and courage to kids across the continent,” he concluded.
Uganda’s Vanessa Nakate, who was recognised with the Africa Together For Good’ award, for her efforts in promoting climate justice, pledged to “continue educating the society about the effects of climate change.”