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Expand Your YouTube Horizons With These Award-Winning African Online Video Creators

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Citizen Media, Media & Journalism, Technology
Award for Tanzanian journalist Millard Ayo. Image shared on his Twitter page @millardayo.

Award for Tanzanian journalist Millard Ayo. Image shared on his Twitter page @millardayo.

YouTube celebrated African online video creators at the inaugural Sub-Saharan African (SSA) YouTube Awards [1] on Friday November 11. The event took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The awards have been held in other regions since 2007.

Twenty-four creators were announced winners in 22 categories. Creators were required to have a minimum of 50,000 subscribers and be based in one of eight Sub-Saharan African countries to qualify. Participating countries, where YouTube monetisation has been enabled, were Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Senegal.

Here is a glimpse of videos from the winning creators:

The video below is from Ramscomics [2] / Supastrikas [3], the winner in the Comic category:

Skinny Girl in Transit is a video from NdaniTV [4], the winner in Entertainment category:

Jim Nduruchi [5] won in the Nonprofit category:

Kansiime Anne [6] won the Top Subscribed Creator in Uganda:

The Top Subscribed Creator in Nigeria features 6-year-old comedian Emmanuel Samuel:

Diamond Platinumz [7] is Tanzania's Top Subscribed Creator:

South African music channel Yellow Brick Cinema [8] received a special mention for reaching 1 million subscribers:

See the full list of winners here [1].