Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Ejekwu, known as Mr Funny or Oga Sabinus, is a Nigerian comedian, actor and skit maker.[2]

Mr Funny
Birth nameEmmanuel Chukwuemeka Ejekwu
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
  • Content Creator
Nationality Nigerian
Alma materUniversity of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)[1]
Years active2019–present
WebsiteMr. Funny on YouTube
Other namesOga Sabinus – Mumu Man – The Blue Chief

Early life edit

Mr Funny had his early education in Port Harcourt and went on to acquire his Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and Communication Studies from the University of Port Harcourt.

Career edit

Mr Funny's career started in 2015 but he began to see mainstream success in 2019. He was nominated in the 2021 maiden edition of The Humor Awards Academy alongside fellow comedian Basketmouth. Mr Funny discovered his comedy talent at a young age. He began actively doing comedy skits while he was in university.

This was in 2015 during a particular School Student Union week. Mr Funny decided to pursue his career further by uploading various comedy skits on his social media handles, especially Instagram.

Soon enough, he started getting noticed by top Instagram influencers who started sharing his skits. His followers on the platform grew.

Mr. Funny broke into the comedy industry in 2019.[3][4]

His popularity has earned some notable recognition. Oga Sabinus is the brand ambassador for a popular betting site: Oddstackr and many others. Some of his role models who have influenced him in his comedy career are Mr Ibu and Charles Inojie.

He won the Best Male Skit Maker category of the in the Legit.ng Awards 2022.[5] He was nominated alongside Funnybros, Mr Macaroni and Broda Shaggi.

Mr Funny has also featured in multiple Nollywood movies, the likes of 'Billionaire's Bride', 'Man of War' etc.[6]

In May 2022, Mr Funny sued two Nigerian food companies for allegedly using his image and catchphrases without his permission. Specifically Friesland Food allegedly used the trademarked phrase "something hoodge" to advertise their Peak Milk product; while UAC used an animated image of Mr Funny in ads.[7]

In September 2022, Mr. Funny made his London debut as Oga Sabinus at The Lighthouse event centre.[8]

Awards edit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2021 DENSA Awards The Creative Social Media Won [9][10][11]
2022 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Online Social Content Creator Won [12][13]

References edit

  1. ^ "UNIPORT Alumni". Uniport Alumni. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  2. ^ Online, Tribune (13 November 2021). "Skit-making in Nigeria is the new oil industry —Comedian Mr Funny (Oga Sabinus)". Tribune Online. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Mr Funny (Oga Sabinus) Bio". Ent Media Hub. 17 May 2022. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Mr Funny (Oga Sabinus) Biography". LegitExplore. 17 May 2023. Retrieved 17 May 2023.
  5. ^ Alake, Olumide (11 December 2022). ""His Look Alone Is Enough": Reactions As Sabinus Wins Best Skit Maker Award". Legit.ng. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  6. ^ vanguardngr.com (6 October 2021). "The Humour Awards Academy releases nomination list-Vanguard". Vanguard. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Nigerian Comedian, Oga Sabinus, Sues Peak Milk, Gala For N1.1bn Over 'Unauthorised' Trademark, Image Use". Sahara Reporters. 30 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Oga Sabinus & Friends Live in London".
  9. ^ independent.ng (9 September 2021). "DENSA Awards 2021: Outstanding Personalities, Professionals In Media Industry Honoured". Independent. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  10. ^ Guardian.ng (7 September 2021). "Stars shine bright as DENSA Awards 2021 rewards excellence". Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  11. ^ thisdaylive.com (9 October 2021). "Glamour, Glitz at DENSA 2021". Thisday. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  12. ^ "2022 Africa Magic Awards Nominees don land- See who dey list". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
  13. ^ "AMVCA 8: Sabinus beats Mr Macaroni, others to win Online social content creators' award". Vanguard News. 14 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.