Elsa Majimbo (born June 29, 2001) is a 22-year-old Kenyan comedian, and one of the many talents that manifested during the coronavirus lockdown of 2020. She gained fame for her monologue videos that went viral during the pandemic.
In a bid to entertain herself while she was locked down, Elsa came up with short monologue videos shot in the comfort of her home while eating potato chips and wearing sunglasses. Her topic of discussion ranged from the weather to just about everything that she could think of regarding the virus and what would happen in the future. Elsa now has an estimated net worth of $1 million which translates to millions in Kenya shillings.
The 22 Year Old is From Nairobi
A Kenyan by nationality, Majimbo was born in the capital city where she equally grew up. Her parents and any other family member she might have are not known publicly, except for occasional mentions in her comedy monologues. The young comedienne often tells stories about her father in her skits and jokes about her growing-up days but that is just about all that has been said about her background.
For her education, Elsa reached the tertiary level and identifies as an alum of Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. This suggests she spent her formative years in her place of birth and developed her skills there. While in college, she participated in chess tournaments, including Alliance High Open Chess Tournament in 2017. However, contrary to her claims, she is not a 15-time chess champion and is not graded as a professional in the game. Her biggest milestone as a chess player is the 4th position she bagged in the Kenya National Youth Chess Championship Finals – U16 Girls.
Elsa Majimbo’s Comedy Career Started in 2016 and Blew Up During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Elsa Majimbo probably discovered her comedic side long ago but she only came to the spotlight during the Covid-19 influenced lockdown of 2020. The self-acclaimed Queen Gambit chess champion began recording her monologue videos and sharing them in 2016 but three years down the line, nothing was coming out of it and she went on a hiatus. She went back to the drawing board to restrategize and emerged with better content.
It was later in 2020, during the widespread lockdown initiated to curb the spread of coronavirus, that Majimbo became an internet sensation. Her monologue comedy videos went viral with millions of people following and sharing her content online. Also, internationally recognized celebrities follow her work and give their acknowledgment. Stars like Joan Small, Lupita Nyong’o, and Fllaviana Matata among others have praised her efforts.
To further emphasize the success she now enjoys, Majimbo is getting attention from big brands that want her to endorse them. She’s using her status as a social media influencer to work with the likes of Fenty, MAC Cosmetics, and luxury brand Valentino. The young comedienne is apparently one of the biggest stars to emerge from the troubled year of 2020, and there are a lot of them.
Her Style of Comedy is Described as Forthright and Satirical
In her videos, Elsa usually appears with a pair of dark glasses as a prop as she bites potato crisps. Her style of comedy which is shipped as satirical has attracted many and she now has a massive fan base within a short period. Her videos and voice work are being used all over the internet, especially on Instagram and TikTok with a global audience on the increase.
According to the comedienne, she previously made those videos to make herself happy. She would record herself and watch them for fun but even though she thought she’s funny, she wasn’t sure what other people would think. It, therefore, pleased her to find out that other people also found her content funny. With her experience as a chess player, Majimbo is known to calculate her moves and is always intentional in her efforts.
In her interview with Forbes, the Kenyan funny woman explained that consistency is what got her this far. She acknowledges the fact that success is not built overnight and if you are consistent, your plans will naturally fall into place.
How Did Elsa Majimbo’s $1 Million Net Worth Accrue?
Majimbo has amassed massive fame as an internet sensation and with that, many big brands are clamoring for her signature. So far, she has endorsed the likes of Fenty, Bumble, and MAC Cosmetics and has also partnered with luxury brand Valentino. The popularity of her videos is the reason these major brands seek her endorsement but her style and funny bones have kept the fans coming for more.
The comedienne is cashing in on the engaging online presence that has seen her accumulate millions of views across different social media platforms. She has grown big enough to have the temerity to refuse some brand partnership deals, especially the ones that don’t meet her standards for what she wants her brand to represent.
In March 2021, Elsa Majimbo signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for all-around representation. With all the big names linked to her and the fact that she has millions of loyal followers across social media platforms, it’s easy to see how Elsa Majimbo’s net worth is being accrued. However, no particular figure can be linked to any of her endorsement deals.
Her Talent Has Won A Couple Of Awards
After being nominated for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards in the category of African Social Star, it’s safe to say that Majimbo earned the bragging rights as she went ahead to win the title. In June of the same year, her content made it on Comedy Central and she later received a Creator Honor award at the 2020 Streamy Awards. Famous YouTuber Lilly Singh presented the award to her, commending her style of comedy.
Majimbo Has Been Roped Into Some Controversies
A comedienne of her ilk is bound to have people who disagree with her style and comments. Her success story has not been without controversies and one of the times she ruffled feathers came in May 2021 when she said many Kenyans are cyberbullies and racism is prevalent in the country, especially against dark-skinned people.
Majimbo told Saudi Arabian entrepreneur and online content creator Anas Bukhash that she has had enough bad experiences to share about her stay in Kenya. She also revealed that she has a home in South Africa and that is where she feels at peace but this comment didn’t go down well with many Kenyans who quickly called her out.
She was accused of rubbishing her country anytime she has an international audience. Tweeps didn’t spare the comedienne for her comments about Kenya.