My mother joined Instagram to watch my skits — Tee Kuro

Tamunokuro Nathan, aka Tee Kuro, has 228,000 followers on Instagram. He tells KEHINDE AJOSE about his career as a social media content creator

What can you tell us about your background?

My parents did their best in raising us. They are good parents. We (the children) were disciplined, and they provided for us. Indeed, my childhood was pleasant.

What schools did you attend?
For my elementary education, I attended Cornerstone Primary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. From there, I went to Obiye Academy, also in Port Harcourt, for my secondary education. I proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt to study Theatre and Film Studies.

Have you graduated?

I did not conclude the programme actually. I left Uniport in my second year because I wanted to focus on content creation on a full-time basis. The school was taking a lot of my time and I was not benefitting as much, while losing out on my job. The Nigerian university system is not flexible enough for students that are involved in other things. I just wanted to focus on content creation and filmmaking. However, I will still get a university degree, but preferably outside the country.

How did your parents react when you started making skits?

My parents have always been supportive of me. People say I am lucky and blessed to have such supportive parents. They have never told me not to do what I am doing. Even when I started and I was neither popular nor making money, they still supported me. My mother actually joined Instagram because she wanted to be watching my videos. My dad did not know much about it (skit making activities) until I started doing well. He became interested as well. He usually asks me questions such as, ‘Have you posted recently’? ‘When will you make a new one’?

You display feminine and other mannerisms in your skits. Are those parts of your everyday life as well?

I am very different from the characters I play. However, I have played them so much that sometimes, I sound like them. The characters are the things I see and observe in people. I may have also picked some of the mannerisms from my dad, mum, or other things I might have watched. Indeed, I think a part of the characters I create are in me, depending on the situation.

Did you start playing female roles in your skits because it’s now fashionable?

I started creating content in 2018.These days, I sit down and appreciate myself for starting almost four years ago. Of course, there were people who started creating content before me.

Anyway, I was inspired to play multiple characters because I used to watch a lot of a skit maker, Maraji’s skits. I look up to her and I still think she is one of the best content creators in Africa, though she does not create that much again. I like how she was able to play multiple characters. I felt it was something I could also do.

Another reason I play multiple characters is because when I started, I did not have anybody to act with. Whenever I had any idea, I could not call anybody to play other characters. I then resorted to doing them myself. Along the line, I realised that I actually like acting several characters. I also realised that people liked seeing me play different characters. They got so amused. Over the years, my acting has improved. As a matter of fact, I believe that no girl can play my mother’s character like me.

What is the thought process that goes into the creation of your skits?

I create a wide range of contents that people can always relate to. Sometimes, I get ideas from things that are happening around me or something that happened a long time ago. I could even be watching another person’s content, which is entirely different from what I do, and just get an idea. I could be watching a horror movie and get an idea for something that is even unrelated. Some ideas come to me easily. But, for some, I have to think, write and modify.

Have you ever been criticised for any of your skits?

Fortunately I don’t get any backlash for my skits. There was a time I was bothered about that. I have seen a few (negative comments), but not on my own page. For example, some Instagram bloggers could post my content, and a particular person could comment, ‘I don’t find this guy funny’. But, in such cases, about 20 or people will criticise the person on my behalf. I think my fans like me so much.

The other experiences I have had include from people who criticise me for dressing like a woman. I feel such people are not sufficiently exposed. I play male characters too.

Has your online popularity transcended beyond social media?

Definitely. The people that watch my videos are human beings. I have videos that amass as much as one hundred thousand views, one million views, and four million views.

With all modesty, I can tell you that there is no day I step out of my house that I don’t meet at least one person who knows me from my videos. Even if the person does not know my name, they tell me that I look familiar.

What advice do you have for young people who want to venture into content creation?

If your motive for joining the industry is overnight fame, you might end up being disappointed. Like every other good thing, it is hard work. To be good at what you do, you have to be consistent. You also have to genuinely love creating content. Don’t focus on numbers (of views) so much. You could get depressed in the process and they are things you cannot really control. You cannot dictate how many people will like or even watch your videos. What you can control is improving yourself and dishing out good content, and that is what you should concentrate on.

Have you ever had any weird experience with a fan?

No. My fans are always excited to see me. I have never been harassed by a fan. However, there was a girl that sent messages to almost all of my relatives, friends and acquaintances, asking for my number. I think she just had a crush on me.

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