For the avid users of social media, you may have come across a video of a teenager in school uniform vigorously dancing to a Jamaican song in front of his grandmother who is seemingly unbothered.
The video showcases the young lad's talent as he breaks into various dance moves at the living room area of their house. The star of the video, Jeremy Maina alias Lil Maina- a teenager who has risen to fame due to his comic stunts.
The video has been shared across many social media users in the past couple of weeks, especially due to the recent unrest in schools. Various content creators used the video in memes to depict the status of students at home after the Ministry of Education had directed all schools to close over the widespread unrest.
For Maina, who recently cleared school, the video was a form of wild expression that he shared on social media. "I do not like watching things (videos) I am in, I find it weird watching myself. However, I love making people happy," he stated during a past media interview.
Crediting his talent to his maternal family, he noted that he started posting in 2018 but didn't imagine that the videos would gain a wide traction across the country as well as international.
"I just started posting back in 2018 and never thought it would ever get to this point but yeah, the journey has been nice, I cannot complain," he stated.
Coupled with online commentary and pranks, Maina's unique style of vines through his mobile phone has earned him massive following, garnering about 77.9K followers on Instagram alone.
His social media pages capture a number of videos in which Maina pulls pranks on his grandparents and hilariously goofs off. In most cases, the majority of users laud the young lad for his talent and creative skills but other users don't take it kindly terming them as silly jokes that shouldn't be pulled on his elders.
"It feels good to be told you made someone happy, but the challenge is trying to do something and not hurt another person's feelings. (At times) I take time off social media and meditate because when I am not okay mentally I am not creative," he responded.
Maina, who was raised in Mombasa, moved to Nairobi in order to live with his grandparents which ultimately birthed his comic stunts. The videos have gained recognition from influential people to local musicians, comedians as well as international artists such as Major Lazer who reposted one of his videos with the caption "A champion, a rising star, keep going and keep growing king."
The teenager has also delved into music with a couple of hit singles to his name with "Nothing that I'm doing" song with Kahush, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe's son, already approaching the 500k views mark.Jeremy Maina alias Lil Maina posing for a photo alongside his grandparents in June 2020.Lil Maina / Instagram
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