Gloria Oloruntobi is a popular Nigerian comedian/skit maker known professionally as Maraji, born on February 6, 1997 in Edo state, Nigeria. Maraji began her career in 2015 by making lip sync videos and mimicking of songs. She is known for role-plays in her comedy skits and switches between accents and vocal pitches to suit each character she plays.
Commediane Maraji, just like Twyse, Taaooma, Aphricanace (Dami Olatunde), KlintonCOD and many others gained popularity by producing a single cast contents while switching roles. In the year 2017, Maraji got featured in the music videos for Falz‘s “Something Light” and Yemi Alade’s “Single and Searching”.
Biography of Maraji
|Full name||Gloria Oloruntobi|
|DOB||Feb 6th, 1997|
|Age||25years (in 2022)|
|State of origin||Edo State|
|Place of birth||Benin city|
|Career||Film making, Skit maker, content creator|
|Year Active||2015 till date|
|languages||Edo, Yoruba, Pidgin, Igbo, English|
|Alma Mata||Covenant University|
|Net Worth||$250,000 (estimated)|
Early Life of Maraji
Gloria Oloruntobi Maraji was born on February 6, 1997 in Edo state, into a family of two, a sister, and herself. She grew up in Lagos.
Maraji’s career started when the idea of making and uploading lip-sync videos on social media was conceived in her. She started in 2015 when she was in her third year in school, during 2nd semester holiday as a result of boredom . While on conversation with a friend whom asked if she has heard Nicki Minaj’s latest release.
Just like that, she did a lip-sync of the song and sent it to her friend who ended finding the video very interesting, and gave a suggestion that she should upload the video to her Instagram account but was reluctant due to fear of being mocked.
Afterwards, she realized her friend has shared the video online without her consent and fortunately, the video gained attention from online users with positive reviews. This move further triggered Maraji and her friend’s morale and began making more lip-sync videos during the holidays.
Their agreement was to stop as soon as school resumes but contrarily to their decisions, few days after resumption, Reekado Banks released a debut single ‘Sugar Baby’ and Maraji ended up making a lip-sync video for the song and her video was reposted by Reekado Banks on his Instagram page.
The repost boasted her social media presence and made many online users to follow her on her Instagram page. While some followed her to inquire about how she made the video, some ended becoming her fans.
Some days after, she made another lip-sync videos for songs by Korede Bello and Skales and they both reposted her videos on their official Instagram handles. The motivation grew in her to make more lip-sync videos. More videos, more repost, more followers.
Later, she decided to be unique and started making lip-sync videos of popular comedy videos where she acted crazier than the original character but with the same audio. This earned her even more followers than the song lip-sync videos. After she had gained a huge fan base on Instagram, she officially switched to making comedy skits.
Maraji gained her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Covenant University in 2016 and graduated with a second class upper at the age of 19.
Film Making Desire
Originally, Maraji began her career by making lip-syncing videos and miming songs. Back in October 17, 2014 was Maraji’s first post on Instagram, wishing her mom happy birthday. However, after almost a year later, (July 3, 2015), she posted her first lip-sync video. Although the turn-up wasn’t much, she uploaded another video on July 5, 2015 – this time, her mom joined her in the video.
This goes on-and-on till January 26, 2016 when she began mimicking funny comedy videos. Apart from her Instagram account, she also has a maraji_musical.ly account where she creates lip synchronization videos.
After Maraji was able to build a huge followers on Instagram. She officially switched to making comedy skits. Due to her large social media visibility, she was featured in the music videos for Falz’s “Something Light” and Yemi Alade’s “Single and Searching”.
So far she has produced many comedy skits which includes; Different People when Arguing, BOLLYWOOD DANCE BE LIKE, When you tell people your problems, Meeting new people, African mothers prayers be like, lockdown and chill?, WHATSAPP MOM RIGHT NOW, PARENTS VS SCHOOL and many more…
Maraji claimed that even though she is never satisfied, she never knew she would be on this path. For her creative process, she said she pens her ideas down, before spending two hours shooting and editing. The entire process for her skit production takes, “a day or two before the final content is ready to go up.”Maraji has earned over 1.2 million followers on Instagram where she creates skits about everything you’ll consider from gossip, mimicking, friendship to film and tv.
Here’s a video of her NYSC vlog
Personal Life of Maraji
As stated earlier, Maraji was born on February 6, 1997, into a family of two, a sister, and herself. When Maraji started her video making, her father wasn’t in the picture that his daughter 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 lack behind either in school or in content creation.
Is Maraji in a relationship?
Maraji is currently in a relationship but has decided to make it private. However, Maraji has put to birth but many fans are yet to know the father of her baby. See baby Photos here.
It would be recalled that in September 2020, Maraji broke down on social media as she recounted how her partner dumped her.”Recently I was dumped by ex for no reason. Apparently, he likes someone else. It has been a tough month because it happened just last month. It has been a tough month,” she said.
However, in March 2022, she revealed that she married the same man who broke her heart and made her weep on social media two years ago.”Aunty Gloria remember that time you were heartbroken, was it your current hubby,” the fan asked.The popular skit maker was affirmative in her response.
Awards And Nominations
On March 5, 2016 , Maraji won Covenant University College ball award of 2016 for ONLINE PERSONALITY. She was nominated for Prize for Comedy at the 2017 and 2018 The Future Awards Africa. She was also nominated for Comedy Act of the Year at the 2018 City People Music Awards.
In October 14, 2016, she won MTV Base LSB(Lip Sync Challenge Battle Africa) Challnge Winner of $5,000.
How Much is Maraji Net Worth
2018, Maraji disclosed that she charges ₦500,000 to ₦1,000,000 per Instagram sponsored post. She earns monthly on YouTube and has won several endorsements, including Coke Studio Africa. Currently, Maraji’s net worth is estimated $250,000.