Samtu Palouki better known as Bernipk on social media, is an American soldier, actor, rapper and video editor who is best known for the funny viral videos and eye-catching short films he shares on Facebook and Instagram. He achieved over 10 million views on Facebook alone.
|Born||October 6, 1997|
|Place of birth||Lome, Togo|
|Nationality||American / Togolese|
|Occupation||Military / Actor / Rapper / Video editor|
Samtu Palouki (Bernipk) was born on October 6, 1997 and raised in Lomé, Togo, and first moved to the United States in April 2017. He joined the military in September 2017.
Samtu Palouki (Bernipk) is not yet married.
Debut in the army
After 6 months in the state, Samtu Palouki joined the US Army to shed his introverted personality and above all to learn to be independent. He did 4 months of basic and advanced individual training and was stationed in 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Realizing that the soldiers around him were depressed due to the lack of activities in the area, with no previous video editing experience, he decided to start making and sharing funny videos on social media from the comfort of the room of his barracks using his phone to record. and edit.
Road to glory
In May 2018, he shared 15 videos on his Instagram account that went viral within minutes. The “Choose your Character” video has appeared on the official US Army page, the LADBible, the news, various accounts on Tiktok, and was remade by acclaimed singer and comedian Tyga and Destorm.
In September 2019, Bernipk took his first steps in cinema with the release of “The Room Inspection”, a 20-minute short film. He instantly fell in love with Acting and Director which he released 4 months later, an 8 minute short film “The Last Call”, which made 1.6 million views on Facebook and significantly increased its popularity in the army (Have some tissue nearby when you look at it).
The Last Call is a short film about the unrest that resulted from the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and the deployment of US troops in Iraq. He shared his third short film “The Deal” as the character “TheHatBoy” and was featured in AUSA magazine in March 2020 as a Next Generation Soldier and Social Media Influencer. Towards the end of March, he shared another short film “Be Safe There”, a video about the coronavirus pandemic that caught the attention of the commanding general of Fort Drum, Major General Mennes.
He liked it so much that he agreed to participate in one of Bernipk’s videos. In May 2020, “Stay Productive During Coronavirus” was released and The Two-Star General was featured in the 4 minute short film. He also made a film during the Black Lives Matter event in June 2020. The short film is called “Let’s not forget the message” and is about the struggle that black people are going through.
Bernipk constantly pondering his next big move, but his work humbly began with short takes on life at Fort Drum. His intention was simple, to make the soldiers around him happy and show them as boring or mundane as it sounds, you can have fun.
Did you know…
- Bernipk has over 200,000 followers on Facebook and 26,000 on Instagram.
- His 8-minute short “The Last Call”, which garnered 1.6 million views on Facebook and dramatically increased its popularity in the military.
- In 2018, he shared 15 videos on his Instagram account that went viral within minutes.