How a Maasai warrior became an Instagram stars!
The grandson of a tribal chief in Tanzania has revealed how he has wracked up millions of views with his unusual videos online.
Kanaya Kolong Parkepu, 38, is the son of the 95-year-old chief and has become the first Maasai warrior to have YouTube and Instagram.
He created the Maasaiboys channel a year ago, with his videos gaining up to 700,000 views as he and his friends try out burgers and pizzas for the first time.
He revealed that part of his motivation to start the channel was his fear that his tribe and culture will be lost in the future.
The 38-year-old influencer told The Times social media is ‘good’ for the tribe, adding: ‘My dream is to teach people how the Maasai live.
Kanaya Kolong Parkepu, 38, is the grandson of a tribal chief in Tanzania and has revealed how he has wracked up millions of views with his unusual videos online
Kanaya is the son of the 95-year-old chief and has become the first Maasai warrior to have YouTube and Instagram
‘The Maasai all communicate as a group. We pass down songs. We help each other.
‘If anyone is stressed or ill we go to him or her to encourage them to make them feel better . . . I want to teach the world to smile.’
Kanaya created the page with his friend Arman Alamdar, 20, who appears alongside him in videos with other friends, Kili, Simba and Kanaya’s girlfriend, Sally.
Meanwhile his father, the chief of the tribe, Arooni, also appears on screen at times.
Kanaya said his father has ’embraced’ the new technology in the tribe, adding he ‘likes to laugh’ and sees the clips as ‘educating people.’
They have amassed 14,700 followers on Instagram and 17,300 subscribers on YouTube.
Their top video, African Tribe tries Burger for the first time, has almost 750,000 views, while another African Tribe tries Pizza for the first time has over 200,000.
A third showing them embarking on their first ever plane journey has over 40,000 views on YouTube.
Elsewhere, the influencers also share stories and clips of life in the village, offering fans a virtual tour of their home and a glance at a tribal ceremony
Elsewhere, the influencers also share stories and clips of life in the village, offering fans a virtual tour of their home and a glance at a tribal ceremony.
In the clips, Kanaya talks about concerns that hyenas are surrounding his camp and recounts a story of having to fight off a lion when he was younger.
And viewers have been going wild over the videos online, with one person commenting: ‘Their good humour is contagious!’
Meanwhile another wrote: ‘These people are amazing. Definitely passed the vibe check.’
A third added: ‘You guys are great, thanks for making me laugh.’
The warrior has quickly amassed a wealth of fans online, with many calling his humour ‘contagious’
A fourth commented: ‘This is the type of content that needs to come back!
‘This is the stuff that made YouTube great back in the day.’
Another wrote: ‘The man doing most of the talking is hilarious! I hope they enjoyed their burgers and fries. Enjoyed this video.’
One added: ‘I like their spirit, attitudes and way of life.’
‘I absolutely love how they are having fun and laughing about it and willing to try new things, as we all should,’ another commented.