Maraji Biography, Net Worth, Education, Awards, Comedy Videos

Maraji

History

Gloria Oloruntobi who is professionally known as Maraji is a Nigerian comedian/content creator. The 23-year-old comedian who hails from Edo State was born on the 6th of February, 1997. She was born in Edo State but grew up in Lagos State.

How She Started

In 2016 while she was in her 300 Level (3rd year), 2nd semester, during the holidays, out of boredom she called a friend up, and during their conversation, her friend asked her if she has heard a new Nicki Minaj’s song which had just been released. And the end of their conversation, Maraji listened to the song and made a lip-sync video and sent it back to her friend who found the video very interesting and urged her to post it online but Maraji declined due to fear of being ridiculed. Her friend went on to post the video without her permission/blessing and the video gained traction online and got positive reviews. 

Maraji and her friend continued to make lip-sync videos during the holidays and promised themselves that they would stop as soon as school resumes. On returning to school, Reekado Banks released the single ‘Sugar Baby’ and Maraji once again made a lip-sync video for the song and her video was reposted by Reekado Banks on his Instagram page and her followers count on Instagram increased as people returned to her page applauding her for the video and trying to get tutorials on how to make videos like that. She also made lip-sync videos for songs by Korede Bello & Skales and they both reposted her videos on their official Instagram handles and that triggered her interest in creating content.

After making a series of lip-sync videos for popular songs, she decided to be dynamic and started making lip-sync videos of popular comedy videos where she acted crazier than the original character but with the same audio and the videos performed way better than the song lip-sync videos. After building a huge following on Instagram then she started making comedy skits and she has since grown to become one of the top ten Nigerian Instagram comedians.

 

The reason she doesn’t work with other online content creators

Unlike many other Instagram comedians who frequently work together, Maraji works alone all the time. Some say that the reason for this is pride while some others feel she just likes to work on her own but Maraji recently revealed the reason why she works solo.

According to her, she is a perfectionist who feels something can always be done better and whenever she works alone, she pushes herself very hard and demand better from herself and this is one reason she prefers to work alone as she doesn’t want to appear as a critic when she works with other because she will demand better from them and want them to give their absolute best.

She does every aspect of the content creation alone, from coming up with video ideas to acting, to shooting the video and editing it. Her management has made several attempts to get her a videographer but she declined and stated that she enjoys every part/aspect of the job and since she is creating content full-time and have no other job, she doesn’t see any problem in handling every part of the creation herself.

Family

Maraji has three siblings, a sister, and two brothers and her father & mother are still alive, still happily married, and are both hilarious. 

When she started, her father wasn’t aware that she was making comedy skits but her mother was fully aware and gave her full support right from the onset till now. While she was still in school, her mother ensured that she balances the equation and doesn’t lag behind either in school or in content creation.

Relationship

She is currently in a private relationship and she promises to reveal the guy whenever he proposes to her.

Plans for Nollywood

She will be going into the movie industry very soon. But she is already getting movie roles which she declines constantly due to the character she is to play and or the movie storyline being cliche. She also played the lead character in the music video for the single ‘Something Light’ by Falz featuring Ycee and also Yemi Alade’s ‘Single and Searching’ featuring Falz.

People she will love to work with

Chigurl, Genevieve Nnaji, Therealfemi

Education

Maraji has a Bachelors’s degree in International Relations from Covenant University, a private University in Nigeria. At age 19, Maraji graduated from Covenant University with a second class upper.

During her interviews (with Ebuka on Rubbin Mind & on R2TV) Maraji cited two reasons why she studied International Relations. Firstly, because the name of the course sounds really cool and secondly because she loves history.

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Comedy Videos

Awards

Year Award Ceremony Prize Result
2017 The Future Awards Africa Prize For Comedy Nominated
2017 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards Choice Instagrammer Nominated
2018 The Future Awards Africa Prize For Comedy Nominated
2018 City People Music Awards Comedy Act Of The Year Nominated
2018 Nigeria Entertainment Award Comedy Act Nominated

Net Worth

In 2020, Maraji estimated net worth is $250,000. As of 2018, Maraji disclosed that she charges ₦500,000 to ₦1,000,000 per Instagram sponsored post.

Things have since gotten better since 2018 as she has garnered my followers on Instagram and still charges up to ₦1,000,000 per Instagram sponsored post. She earns from YouTube ads revenue/Adsense, Charges for Instagram posts, and endorsements. Her first sponsored post was in 2016 and then she was paid ₦10,000. Maraji revealed that currently, ad requests come in quite often but she declines quite a good number of them as she doesn’t want to bore her followers with sponsored posts all the time and genuinely wants to the make the people laugh and she also ensure that the service and company that she’s trying to advertise can blend in with her comedy and is a product/service that she can portray very well.

Social Media handles & Contact

Instagram: @maraji_

Twitter: @Maraji_

YouTube: Maraji’s World

email address: [email protected]

Profile Summary

Birth Name Gloria Oloruntobi
Stage Name Maraji
Date Of Birth February 6, 1997
Religion Christian
State Of Origin Edo
Age 23
Net Worth $200,000
Nationality Nigeria
Associate Twyse Ereme, 

 

References/Information sources


(1) I’m Not Into Comedy For The Fame – Maraji | Rubbin Minds

(2) Burna Boy, Adesua Etomi, Maraji, others make 2018 The Future Awards nominee list

(3) Instagram celebrity Gloria Oloruntobi aka @Maraji_ on the #R2TVBreakfastShow

(4) Maraji Says She Collects An Average Of N500,000 Per Skit And Nigerians Are Not Having It

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