Content creators strive for global recognition, from professional validation to respect from content consumers. The Ikorodu Bois, in their early years, are already rightly recipients of this recognition.
The group that imitates and recreates popular productions of big budget films and music videos is one of the youngest in the Nigerian sketch industry, making waves internationally.
Ikorodu Bois, made up of three siblings, Babatunde Sanni (25), Muiz Sanni (17), Malik Sanni (12) and their cousin, Fawas Aina (15), recreates videos with local and revisited materials as replicas of luxury pieces.
Ikorodu Bois was born from Babatunde Sanni’s view of his siblings during family time at home. The group’s creative director mentioned that he was inspired to share his siblings’ content online after seeing how playful and fun they were at home.
Babatunde, the band’s video editor, studied at the University of Lagos, where he initially directed and edited comedy sketches. At this point, he learned the basics of video editing, a skill he would later deploy to perform globally acclaimed sketches as a member of Ikorodu Bois.
The Sanni brothers, who take their name from their neighborhood in Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb that shares a border with Ogun State, have used their originality and resources to cause a stir.
Since being shot in the spotlight in 2018, they have received acclaim from international and local filmmakers. In 2020, their remake of a scene from the “Extraction 2” trailer, which went viral on the internet, earned them an invite to Hollywood producers The Russo Brothers’ “Extraction 2” premiere.
American actor Will Smith also praised Ikorodu Bois, calling them “genius” after sharing a clip of them performing a scene from “Bad Boys Forever”. They have also been recognized by “Money Heist” star Alvaro Monte, Steve Harvey and rapper Roddy Rich.
Their unique artistry has earned them pro movie gear from Netflix and the star of their journey in a Netflix Oscar Weekend Film Brand campaign showcased in New York’s Time’s Square in April 2021.
In 2021, they were also nominated for the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite African Social Media Star.
Apart from the parody, the comedians revealed their plans to get into acting after receiving offers from renowned Nigerian filmmakers like Kunle Afolayan and Jade Osiberu. In five years, these young creatives have had an impact that has earned them more than a million followers on Instagram.
Ikorodu Bois has now been named “Most Popular Comedian” in this year’s NET Honors, beating the likes of Mr Macaroni, Basketmouth, Sabinus, Taaoma, Broda Shaggi and many more.