Five African Tik Tokers You Should Be Paying Attention To

July 20, 2022

Social media apps have connected us and introduced the world to young talent at a quicker rate than before. In 2020 when the pandemic forced us to stay indoors, we had to look to the digital world for entertainment, learning, socialising and keeping fit. The popularity of social media apps grew more and more, and we saw some come and go. Platforms such as Clubhouse allowed conversations and knowledge to be shared, House Party was a fun “virtual games night” with friends and we couldn’t get enough short format videos on Tik Tok and Instagram. In the midsts of all that was happening, there were some talented young people who took advantage of the attention and have now taken over the world. This week we’re looking at our top five African comedians on Tik Tok who became popular post Covid-19.

@Khaby.Lame: Khabane Lame is a Senegalese social media personality based in Italy, who shot to fame for his videos where he silently mocks overly complicated life hack videos. In  July, Khaby became the most followed person on Tik Tok and has a networth of $2million. Not bad for a kid who hasn’t said a word. 

@Elsa.Majimbo: During the 2020 pandemic, we were all glued to our screens adapting to the new normal and found ways to be entertained. On the other side of the screen, Elsa kept delivering her funny monologues that got the attention of celebrities like Rihanna, Steve Harvey and many other famous people. Elsa’s laid back delivery was relatable to all of us who were home and this young Kenyan was able to have us reflecting and laughing at our own situation. Apart from gracing multiple magazine covers, being on the Forbes 30 under 30 list and other accolades, Elsa is a five time national chess champion. 

@BeverlyAdaeze:  Beverly’s comedic skits about her Nigerian heritage have gained her millions of views across the world, placing her as one of the funniest people online. The Nigerian, known as the International Slay Mama, has had her followers in stitches, delivering content that reminds us of all our African parents in the Diaspora. 

@kahnyisa_unflitered: We all have that aunt in the who thinks she’s the Beyoncé of the family, or that uncle who gives unsolicited advice about everything under the sun, and this is where Khanyisa’s genius comedy comes in. The Capetonian will have you rolling on the floor with laughter because of her skits which remind you of someone you definitely know in your family. There’s no doubt about her talents as a comedian and it’s exciting to see where she takes it next.

@unicewani: I love Unice Wani’s content because it’s fresh and most importantly, not pretentious. Even though she doesn’t say much, she communicates through dance, and I’ve learned a few moves from watching her. Her personality exudes Black girl joy and she’s using her platform to fight colorism. Apart from being a Tik Tok sensation, Unice is an internationally recognised model.