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The Origin of Your Favorite African Memes
 

 

I'm sure the Boxden Geniuses knew, but I did not know that the above meme and others come from the Nigerian film "Intelligent Students:" And the two "kids" are two grown men. It is all in the article.


After I found the film, I came across this visit this link 
article in "Vulture:"


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In the good old days of Vine, one of the most popular clips was that of what appears to be a kid holding up a machete. With a mix of tears and sweat falling from his face, the young man cries to his mother, whom we can’t see in the video. You can feel the pain in his voice when he says, “Mama, tell him!” In a sudden burst of exasperation, he throws down the machete and sits with his bowed head in his hands, defeatedly hissing, “Oh my God.” This video quickly became the go-to reaction meme for expressing frustration, annoyance, or disappointment. The looping effect of Vines made it impossible to stop watching it, but the origin of the clip was largely a mystery.


Fast-forward to a post-Vine 2019, a world where short videos of two small boys doing decidedly grown-up things like smoking cigars, pranking adults, and successfully wooing a number of women with their boisterous, high-pitched voices began to pick up in popularity on Twitter. Like the Vine that preceded them, the origin of these videos has remained obscure.


But for those well versed in movies from the Nigerian film industry, a.k.a. Nollywood, there’s no mystery here. The “boys” in these viral videos are the Nigerian comic-film duo Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze. Ikedieze is also the crying guy from the Vine. Don’t be fooled by Iheme and Ikedieze’s size — they’re both grown men (Iheme is 37 and Ikedieze is 41). They’re two of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria for comedic roles, and they rose to fame by playing mischievous children under the moniker “Aki and Pawpaw.”

Nicole, a Brazil-based woman behind the Twitter account @nollywoodroll, is largely responsible for Iheme and Ikedieze’s meme-star status. Her account, which has amassed over 200,000 followers since January, was created after she discovered the actors from Ikedieze’s famous Vine. Out of curiosity, she combed the internet for more videos of the actor and slowly worked her way through his entire filmography, as well as Iheme’s. She loved the movies so much that she decided to create an account to post snippets from them, as a form of homage to the actors. “I had no idea how far the clips would go!” she tells Vulture. “It’s quite exciting that a lot of people enjoy this content and thank me for introducing them to these actors.”

Iheme and Ikedieze have a vast selection of movies where they act as brothers or exuberant buddies. Let’s take a quick look at the more popular ones that have been immortalized thanks to Twitter:


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 6 days ago '06        #2
Jhnnyblz427  198 heat pts198
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Bruh

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This was a good read OP.

Bu the title should be The Origin of Your Favorite Nigerian Memes



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 6 days ago '05        #4
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 eazyvaboy said
This was a good read OP.

Bu the title should be The Origin of Your Favorite Nigerian Memes

Thanks. I do know that Nigeria is a country in the continent of Africa. I will try to continue to post worth while content.
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n*ggas dont know those are grown men , they were huge in nigeria 10 years ago but they OG's now in the industry
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you got your favorite, i got mine:



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I didn't laugh at any of these "memes".
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 dtdroid said
I didn't laugh at any of these "memes".
Nigerian midgets are too good for you?
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i know the actors but not all the movies
its funny how they made a career of looking like kids but being grown a*s men
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DrOTGenesis 
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Aki and Pawpaw was one of their original movies an is their best/funniest one. If you know you know.
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My Pops owned an African/Caribbean Food & Goods store when I was in high school...

He had me burn so many of their movies and rented them sh*ts out at the store...

Made a ton of bread... '02 to '09 was Prime Nollywood Era
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 Signor said
Nigerian midgets are too black for you?
Fixed.
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blackninja  15 heat pts15 OP
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 DrOTGenesis said
Aki and Pawpaw was one of their original movies an is their best/funniest one. If you know you know.
 soso24 said
My Pops owned an African/Caribbean Food & Goods store when I was in high school...

He had me burn so many of their movies and rented them sh*ts out at the store...

Made a ton of bread... '02 to '09 was Prime Nollywood Era
I had no idea. I would think more would have discovered the origin of the memes since they are so popular and plentiful.

Where was the store?
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 blackninja said
I had no idea. I would think more would have discovered the origin of the memes since they are so popular and plentiful.

Where was the store?
Irving, Tx right by the old Cowboys stadium
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 soso24 said
Irving, Tx right by the old Cowboys stadium
Dope. Thanks for the info.

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I've been wondering where this was from. I think I might actually watch..
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 Tonero said
n*ggas dont know those are grown men , they were huge in nigeria 10 years ago but they OG's now in the industry
When a friend of mine from Ghana showed me that they were grown a*s men, that sh*t had me weak. I never would've expected that sh*t.
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 Preacher Mane said
When a friend of mine from Ghana showed me that they were grown a*s men, that sh*t had me weak. I never would've expected that sh*t.
ya bro married and everything, the hoes love em too
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what the orgins of the that movie where the black man shoot the other black man on a motor cyle.

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Nigerian legend respect I remember watching Nigerian movies when I was little. Cant remembers the names but like all of them had like an evil mana or wife.
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