With the emergence of YouTube as a platform for sharing videos online, so many talented entertainers have held on to it to showcase their works to their teaming subscribers and in return, become rich and famous like Ryan Higa (Nigahiga). From music videos to gaming, other contents found on the platform include fashion, technical materials, movies, comedy, and many more.
Since he created his YouTube channel – Nigahiga, on July 20, 2006, it has remained one of the most frequent channels, recording over 3.9 billion views of the contents with 21 million subscribers. These feats place his channel at the 43rd spot on the list of most subscribed channels on YouTube.
Though the American comedian cum YouTuber has been able to achieve all these, it didn’t come without challenges. Having been forced to pull down some of his contents due to copyright violation, he still found the strength to carry on and got to his current position. We will be taking you through his biography, current net worth, girlfriend and other interesting facts about Nigahiga.
Nigahiga’s Age and Early Life
June 6, 1990, saw the birth of Ryan Higa in Hilo, Hawai, United States. Though he was born in the US, he is of Japanese descent. As a skillful and talented chap, he got trained and competed in judo and earned a black belt.
He attended Waiakea High School where he participated in judo He also successfully created his first YouTube channel together with Sean Fujiyoshi, Tim Enos and Tarynn Nago. The channel titled Nigahia was launched on July 20, 2016, while he graduated from high school in 2008.
Talking about the origin of his moniker Nigahiga, he stated that Niga means “rant” in Japanese, he prefixed Niga to his name Higa which brought about the coined name Nigahiga.
How Higa turned out a YouTuber outside Nuclear Medicine he was set to study in the University of Nevada is still puzzling to many of his followers. With accolades he received from the first set of videos uploaded on his channels, coupled with encouraging subscriptions, he dropped out to major in Film after the first semester in the University.
After launching his YouTube channel created alongside his crew in 2006, he and Sean Fujiyoshi began posting videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs, they later added some comic materials in their content. On December 25, 2008, two of their then popular videos titled How To Be Gangster and How To Be Emo were removed from their channels due to copyright violations.
His account got suspended temporarily on January 21 and was mandated to remove all the copyright materials therein. As a result, Higa began to compose the music himself. The two videos, How To Be Gangster and How To Be Emo were returned to his channel in August of 2009 and removed again a few days later along with others.
Nigahiga later began his solo career and featured other YouTubers in some of his videos. In 2012, he came up with a production team known as Ryan Higa Production Company (RHPC) which has on board – his good friend Sean Fujiyoshi. They have produced good contents which they have also starred in. In 2016, Higa, alongside his YouTube counterparts, created K-pop group Boys Generally Asian, but Higa left the group in 2018 to seek other interests.
Nigahiga created another channel in 2011 with the name HigaTV where he uploads video blogs and behind the scenes of his major video works. The channel currently boasts of 5 million subscribers.
As an actor, Nigahiga worked with Richard Van Vleet, to produce Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure which was released on November 14, 2008, it featured Higa and Sean as seen in the title. The film was shown and sold out in cinemas in Hawaii and California whereas the DVD was released in the US on July 14, 2009. His other films include Ninja Melk (2009), Agents of Secret Stuff (2010), Tell Me How I Die (2016.
His Net Worth is Quite Impressive
With the Nigahiga channel occupying the 43rd position on the list of most subscribed YouTube channels h having 21 million subscribers with well over 3.9 billion content views, Higa has recorded success in the YouTube business. He has also produced a good number of comic videos and starred in films, he sure has made a fortune since his entry in showbiz. The Japanese American YouTuber’s net worth is estimated at $10 million.
Who is Nigahiga’s Girlfriend?
Nigahiga is not left out when it comes to the love department, he has in the past, dated the likes Tarynn Nago and Andrea Thii, the causes of the breakups are unknown and somewhat inconsequential. At the moment, he is in a relationship with Arden Cho, an Asian actress, singer, and model.
She was born on August 16, 1985, in Amarillo, Texas to Korean-American parents. Arden Cho is 5 years older than her boyfriend Ryan Higa but age they say is in numbers while love is in the heart. She is popularly known for her role as Kira Yukimura in an American Television series titled Teen Wolf.
Arden Cho has appeared severally in some of Higa’s YouTube videos while Higa in return has made some appearances on hers. They officially started dating in 2016 and they are keeping it private.
Other Interesting Facts About The Japanese Youtuber
1. His parents’ names are Wendell Higa (father) and Luci Higa (mother).
2. His YouTube channel, Nigahiga held the top spot as the most subscribed channel for 677 consecutive days from 2009 to 2011. The second-longest ever held by a channel after PewDiePie.
3. Nigahiga channel was the first YouTube channel to reach 3 million subscribers.
4. Ryan Higa is good in anything one can think of; he authored a book titled Ryah Higa’s How to Write Good, the book was made public in 2017.
5. He is 5 ft 8 inches (1.73 m) tall and his height is complemented by a weight of 69 kilograms (152.1 lbs). He has black and spiky hair and black eyes.
6. Nigahiga is also an active social media user with well over 2.3 million Facebook followers, 2.04 and 2.5 million followers on Twitter and Instagram respectively.
7. He is a member of YTF – a 7 member-based group that does documentary series of behind the scenes of their activities. The acronym stands for Yester, Today, Forever.