Maryam Apaokagi (born 28 February 1999) known professionally as Taaooma, is a Nigerian comedian, content creator, cinematographer,[1] and social media influencer. She is known for acting multiple roles in her comedy skits.[2][3]

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Maryam Apaokagi

(1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 23)
Alma materKwara State University
(m. 2021)

Early lifeEdit

Apaokagi was born in Nigeria but spent most of her early years in Namibia. She studied Tourism and Travel Service Management at the Kwara State University.[4][5][6]

In 2015, she started online comedy after convincing her fiancé to teach her the basics of video editing. She rose to stardom in 2019 with a skit based on African parents taking their children to school.[7][8][9]

In 2019, she was the face of Media Room Hub’s July Issue. Her comedy skits are centered on exposing African mothers and their unique manner of disciplining African children with a slap.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

In October 2020, Apaokagi engaged her fiancé Abdulaziz Oladimeji (aka. Abula) in Namibia,[11] and got married on 24 January 2021.[12]

Awards and recognitionsEdit

On 8 November 2020, she was part of The Future Awards Africa: Class of 2020[13] for the prize of content creation (YouTubers, Vloggers). Apaokagi also made The Guardian Nigeria's list of 100 Most Inspiring Women in the country.[14]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2019 The Gage Awards Best Online Comedian Of The Year Won [15]
2020 Nigeria's 25 under 25 awards Social Entrepreneur Won [16]
The Future Awards Africa Content Creation (YouTubers, Vloggers) Nominated
MAYA Awards Africa Skit Maker Of The Year Nominated [17]
City People Music Awards Comedy Act of the Year Nominated
2021 Net Honours Most Popular Comedian Nominated [18]
2022 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Online Social Content Creator Nominated [19]
The Future Awards Africa Content Creation (YouTubers, Vloggers) Nominated [20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "How video editing made me Taaooma, the comedienne – Maryam Apaokagi". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  2. ^ "How two Nigerian women are breaking into comedy's boys club". Christian Science Monitor. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Who is Taaooma? Unmasking Instagram's unlikely most popular comedian [Pulse Interview]". Pulse Nigeria. 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  4. ^ "Comedian Taaooma hits 1m on Instagram, watch how she marks it". P.M. News. 2020-05-16. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  5. ^ "Taaooma talks about growing up in Namibia, relationship, popularity and how she switches her roles". Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  6. ^ ""My momsy no dey beat me" - Taaooma". BBC News Pidgin. 2020-04-03. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  7. ^ Aisha Salaudeen. "This comic sensation is wowing Instagram users with her skits on Nigerian families". CNN. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  8. ^ "TAAOOMA, THE COMEDIC SOCIAL MEDIA PHENOMENON | CITY105.1FM". 2020-03-02. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  9. ^ "I'm not in competition with anyone –Taaooma". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  10. ^ "INTERVIEW: Why I slap my daughter in skits – Popular instagram comedienne, Taaoma". Premium Times Nigeria. 9 May 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Video: Taaooma, Abula share their engagement story". P.M. News. 2020-10-30. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  12. ^ "PHOTOS: Taaooma marks first wedding anniversary". TheCable Lifestyle. 24 January 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  13. ^ "The Future Awards Africa: Class of 2020". November 8, 2020.
  14. ^ "Leading ladies Africa – 100 Most inspiring women in Nigeria 2020". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2020-03-14. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  15. ^ "WINNERS FOR THE GAGE AWARDS 2020 | GAGE AWARDS". Gage Awards. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  16. ^ Udeh, Onyinye (28 August 2020). "Kiki Osinbajo, Taaooma, Kumi Juba, Captain E, Sydney Talker Others nominated for Nigeria's 25 under 25 Awards. » YNaija". YNaija. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Mayorkun, Taaooma, Lolade Abuta tops 2020 MAYA AWARDS AFRICA Nominees' List". September 28, 2020.
  18. ^ "Net Honours - The Class of 2021". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  19. ^ "2022 Africa Magic Awards Nominees don land- See who dey list". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 2022-03-26.
  20. ^ "See who win for The Future Awards 2022". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 27 March 2022.