TikTok announces nominees for the 2023 TikTok Top Creator Awards

TikTok has announced the nominees for the annual #TopCreator2023 – the second annual award ceremony that recognises and awards TikTok creators across sub-Saharan Africa for the immense talent and creativity they brought to the platform in 2023.

For the momentous celebration, TikTok has unveiled a list of the best content creators across Southern Africa who will stand a chance of being crowned TikTok #TopCreator2023.

The awards ceremony takes place in Johannesburg on 9 February 2024.

In the coming weeks, TikTok will unveil how people can vote. In the meantime, here are your nominees: 

A: Sports creator of the year in sub-Saharan Africa

  1. Boxtoboxregista (Kenya)
  2. Nezcatt (South Africa)
  3. stoneavenuee (Nigeria) 

About: Boxtoboxregista (Kenya) describe themselves as thus: “We love ball very much and we try to give fans a place where they can play! We are a Sports channel by Kenyan sports fans!” 

B: Gaming creator of the year in sub-Saharan Africa

  1. khalamanja_ (Nigeria)
  2. _someothergirl (Kenya)
  3. tacticalceza (Nigeria)

About: _someothergirl  (Kenya) Who said gaming is a boys thing? Introducing to you Samantha, popularly known as Someothergirl, a gamer, content creator and streamer. Although she summarises herself as a Twitch Streamer and Content Creator, she is more than that. Amongst other accolades, she has in the past participated in tournaments including the Tusker Nexters, Common Wealth eSports Championships qualifiers and also won for Kenya in a FIFA Ultimate Team friendly against Ghana. She is a Twitch Affiliate and loves playing Apex Legends. 

C: Entertainment creator of the year in sub-Saharan Africa

  1. Sachi_himes96 (South Africa)
  2. Lifestory328 (Kenya)
  3. Elsuizzanne (Nigeria)

 About: Henry Ford famously said: “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success”. This is true when speaking about Life Story 328, the viral dating duo who have been trending on TikTok. Real names Friday Njeri and Eugene Kinyanjui also known as Tash, Life Story 328 write and share their life stories as they live life day by day. 

D: Lifestyle and Education creator of the year in Sub-Saharan Africa

  1. Foodstakenya (Kenya)
  2. _iremide (Nigeria)
  3. SiyaBunny (South Africa)

 About: His real name is Shaheed Ali Khan (aka Sak) and travels on the hunt for the best food Kenya has to offer. Born in Mombasa but living in Nairobi, Kenya, you can clearly see that Ali love’s food and eating – be it street food or fine dining. If you do not love to cook from scratch like Dennis Ombachi or Sue Owino and instead travel and eat out, Ali’s channel is definitely one to check to look out for the best places to eat from. 

E: Trailblazer (Emerging) of the year in sub-Saharan Africa

  1. Mumbo repairs (South Africa)
  2. _officialkinuthia (Kenya)
  3. @olaoflagos_ (Nigeria)

 About: It has often been said that ‘content is King’. Others went a step further to state: ‘Content isn’t king, it’s the kingdom’. Well, how far can one go for content? Very far, if _officialkinuthia career is anything to go by. His official name is Kinuthia Kelvin; he is a bold, funny and unapologetic Digital Content Creator. He loves to dress like a fashionable woman complete with wigs, high heels and well manicured nails. His inclusion on the list of emerging content creators on TikTok in Sub-Saharan Africa is another momentous chapter to his amazing life. 

F: Africa Rising (Community) creator of the year in sub-Saharan Africa

  1. Afrolecia (Haircare South Africa)
  2. footytoolnaija (Sports Nigeria)
  3. Nairobidisclosure (Food Kenya)

 About: The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. That is what makes Nairobidisclosure so interesting and amazing. Never has uncovering secrets done so much for a nation looking for the best food and outing deals! Run by Vishal @vishalsmh, Nairobidisclosure unravels all the secrets and deals of Nairobi as far as food, beverage and entertainment scene is concerned.

 G: Publisher of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa

  1. PulseNigeria247 (Nigeria)
  2. Startimeskenya (Kenya)
  3. Netflixza (South Africa)
  4. Foodiesofsa (South Africa)
  5. WWTaste (South Africa)
  6. SuperSport (South Africa)
  7. PulseSports (Nigeria)

 About: StarTimes is a Chinese multinational media company that operates in several African countries, including Kenya. In Kenya, StarTimes provides digital terrestrial television and satellite television services, offering a wide range of entertainment content, including movies, series, sports, news, and other programs. Their TikTok platform has been a great outlet to show their best and latest programming using short clips.

 H: Song of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa

  1. Tyler ICU & Tumelo_za – Mnike (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Ceeka RSA, and Tyron Dee)
  2. Inkabi Zezwe, Sjava & Big Zulu – Umbayimbayi
  3. Uncle Waffles, Tony Duardo & Justin 99 – Yahyuppiyah (feat.Pcee, EeQue, and Chley)
  4. Guchi & Loud Behaviour – Notice Me
  5. Pcee, S’gija Disciples & Zan’Ten – Kilimanjaro (featuring Justin 99, Mema_Percent, and Mr JazziQ)

About: No Kenyan musician made it to this category.


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