Maryam Apaokagi, known professionally as Taaooma, is a Nigerian comedian, content creator, cinematographer,[1] and social media influencer. She currently serves as the CEO, and founder of Chop Tao,[2] a food company, and directs for The Greenade Company,[2] a cinematography firm. She is known for playing multiple roles in her skits.[3][4]

Maryam Apaokagi
Alma materKwara State University
(m. 2021)

Early life Edit

Maryam Apaokagi spent most of her early years in Namibia. She studied Tourism and Travel Service Management at the Kwara State University.[5][6][7] In 2022, she tells The Punch, “I wanted to be a doctor. Later, I changed it to a lawyer. I got to university and was offered Tourism.”[8]

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.[9][10][11] 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.[12][13]

Personal life Edit

In February 2020, Apaokagi engaged her fiancé Abdulaziz Oladimeji (aka. Abula) in Namibia,[14] and got married on 24 January 2021.[15][16]

Awards and recognitions Edit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2019 The Gage Awards Best Online Comedian Of The Year Won [17]
2020 Nigeria's 25 under 25 awards Social Entrepreneur Won [18]
The Future Awards Africa Content Creation (YouTubers, Vloggers) Nominated [19]
Maya Awards (Africa) Skit Maker Of The Year Nominated [20]
City People Music Awards Comedy Act of the Year Nominated
The Guardian 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria Shortlisted [21]
2021 Net Honours Most Popular Comedian Nominated [22]
JCI TOYP Award Cultural Achievement Won [23]
2022 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Online Social Content Creator Nominated [24]
The Future Awards Africa Content Creation (YouTubers, Vloggers) Nominated [25]
Net Honours Most Popular Comedian Nominated [26]
2023 The Future Awards Africa Prize for Content Creation Pending [27]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "How video editing made me Taaooma, the comedienne – Maryam Apaokagi". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  2. ^ a b "Maryam Apaokagi (@taaooma)". Culture Intelligence from RED. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  3. ^ "How two Nigerian women are breaking into comedy's boys club". Christian Science Monitor. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Who is Taaooma? Unmasking Instagram's unlikely most popular comedian [Pulse Interview]". Pulse Nigeria. 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  5. ^ "Comedian Taaooma hits 1m on Instagram, watch how she marks it". P.M. News. 2020-05-16. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  6. ^ "Taaooma talks about growing up in Namibia, relationship, popularity and how she switches her roles". Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  7. ^ ""My momsy no dey beat me" - Taaooma". BBC News Pidgin. 2020-04-03. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  8. ^ Edeme, Victoria (12 May 2022). "My mum inspires some of my skits, says Taaooma". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  9. ^ Aisha Salaudeen. "This comic sensation is wowing Instagram users with her skits on Nigerian families". CNN. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  10. ^ "TAAOOMA, THE COMEDIC SOCIAL MEDIA PHENOMENON | CITY105.1FM". 2020-03-02. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  11. ^ "I'm not in competition with anyone –Taaooma". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  12. ^ "INTERVIEW: Why I slap my daughter in skits – Popular instagram comedienne, Taaoma". Premium Times Nigeria. 9 May 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Taaooma: Nigeria's Freestyle 'Slapping' Comedian". issuu. Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  14. ^ "Video: Taaooma, Abula share their engagement story". P.M. News. 2020-10-30. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  15. ^ "PHOTOS: Taaooma marks first wedding anniversary". TheCable Lifestyle. 24 January 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  16. ^ Ukonu, Ivory; THEWILL (2022-02-06). "2021 Was A Great Year For Me – Maryam Apaokagi-Greene". Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  17. ^ "WINNERS FOR THE GAGE AWARDS 2020 | GAGE AWARDS". Gage Awards. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "The Future Awards Africa: Class of 2020". November 8, 2020.
  20. ^ "Mayorkun, Taaooma, Lolade Abuta tops 2020 MAYA AWARDS AFRICA Nominees' List". September 28, 2020.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ "Net Honours - The Class of 2021". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  23. ^ Olowoporoku, Muhamin. "Taaooma, Asisat Oshoala, others to receive JCI TOYP award". P.M. News. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  24. ^ "2022 Africa Magic Awards Nominees don land- See who dey list". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 2022-03-26.
  25. ^ "See who win for The Future Awards 2022". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  26. ^ Bakare, Simbiat (2 July 2022). "NET Honours 2022: Ikorodu Bois Beats Mr Macaroni, Sabinus to Win 'Most Popular Comedian'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  27. ^ "FULL LIST: Asake, Tobi Amusan, Osimhen nominated for TFAA 2023". TheCable Lifestyle. 26 September 2023. Retrieved 27 September 2023.