By Esosa Aihie
Watch out Hollywood for Instagram Sensations Ikorodu Bois – Muiz Sanni (15), Malik Sanni (10) & Fawas Aina (13)
The Ikorodu Bois — brothers Muiz Sanni, 15, Malik Sanni, 10, and their 13-year-old cousin Fawas Aina have become Instagram sensations by using everyday household items to recreate multimillion-dollar music videos and Hollywood movie trailers, shot by shot.
Muiz and Malik’s big brother, 23-year-old Babatunde Sanni, edits the videos and manages the trio. He is responsible for turning something that started as a bit of fun into what the boys hope will be careers in the entertainment industry.
Fast forward three years, and the talented youngsters, from the city of Ikorodu, in southwestern Nigeria, have 548,000 Instagram followers and celebrities including basketball star Le Bron James Land rapper Roddy Ricch have showed them love by posting their videos on social media.
The Ikorodu Bois’ ingenious productions take anywhere from 90 minutes to several weeks to shoot. In place of luxury cars and basketball hoops, their props are mops, pots, wheelbarrows and bins.
“The fact that you don’t have a car — you can use something that looks like a car. Just for you to move you from one place to another, so that’s why we are using a wheelbarrow,” he adds.
What the kids lack in funding, they more than make up for in ingenuity and resourcefulness — and this hasn’t gone unnoticed in Hollywood.
Earlier this month, US actor and rapper Will Smith shared a clip of the boys’ version of the “Bad Boys Forever the trailer with his 43.9 million Instagram followers, along with the caption: “Looks like we got stunt doubles for the next one, @martinlawrence!!
The Ikorodu Bois are hoping they’ll one day be able to transfer their talents to the big screen and make it as Hollywood actors.
“We know everyone in the whole world is actually watching us and we are showing people potential and what we can do,” Sanni says. “That’s the dream.”