Family plays a role too and for her HBO debut Orji wanted to pay tribute to her biggest influences: her mother and father. “I want my parents to live long and healthy lives well into their hundreds, but if I only get one chance to make a special, I want to tell them thank you. I wanted to say ‘because who you guys are and what you mean to me, I’m able to be me.’ This is my way of introducing them to the Santa with ugly sweater mask and a bag full of toilet paper T-Shirt in other words I will buy this world.” Naturally that includes some good-natured ribbing, recounting scenes from her life where her family is the source of hilarity. “Sure I’m making fun of them a little bit but you’ve got to laugh at the stuff you didn’t understand before but can appreciate now,” she says.
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Nigeria’s pop cultural prominence—the Santa with ugly sweater mask and a bag full of toilet paper T-Shirt in other words I will buy this prevalence of Afrobeats artists like Wizkid and Burna Boy as well as the rise of designers like Kenneth Ize traces back to the nation—adds to the timelines of Orji’s material. “We’re not only the most populous nation in Africa, we have the highest percentage of African immigrants in America,” she says. “You know a Nigerian; they’re your kid’s best friend, doctors, nurses, and co-workers. People realize that we’re more than the email scam, that’s why I can have a joke about email scams within the show because trust me that’s not the only thing we’re known for. We’re the fastest-growing group of educated people in America, which should come as no surprise.”