Popular YouTube series, Mark Angel Comedy featuring witty kid, Emmanuella Samuel, has bagged a major award from the international video sharing website.
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Also announced as winners from Nigeria today, Sunday, November 13, are Channels Television and IbakaTV/Nollywood at the inaugural Sub-Saharan African (SSA) YouTube Awards.
According to Susan Wojcicki, the Chief Executive Officer of YouTube, the SSA YouTube Award was Google’s way of celebrating African creators.
She said “the YouTube Awards celebrates the talent and creativity of YouTube community while serving as platform that shares Africa’s creativity with the rest of the world.
“By holding our first-ever YouTube Africa Awards, we hope to celebrate incredible achievements like Olympic medallist Julius Yego show, while also demonstrating our long-term commitment to the continent,” Ms. Wojcicki said.
She said YouTube Awards were handed out to 25 creators across 23 categories and nominees were chosen based on subscriber numbers.
Ms. Wojcicki listed the eight launched countries in sub-Saharan Africa as Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal, adding that over 70 channels from launched SSA countries had reached over 100,000 subscribers.
Teju Ajani of YouTube Partnerships, SSA, said YouTube was about people having opportunities to express themselves.
He said “creators across Africa are using YouTube to find their voice, connect with audiences around the world and build channels while earning revenue from it.
“The number of hours of video content being uploaded in Africa has doubled in the past two years and the audience has grown with it.
“Watch time on mobile phones is growing 120 per cent year over year,” he said.
The full list of winners;
Broadcaster; Channels Television, Comedy; Kansiime Anne, Comic; Ramscomics/Supastrikas, Education – Retutpro – Photography and Photoshop Tutorials, Entertainment – NdaniTV; Fitness; Six Pack Factory; Games, Slushy AJ.
Others are Makeup and Fashion, Kangai Mwiti; Music, Yellow Brick Cinema; News and politics, Millard Ayo; Nonprofit, Jim Nduruchi; People and Blogs, Suzelle DIY; Pets and animals, Earth Touch.
The Top Subscribed Creator category in Uganda was Kansiime Anne; Ghana, OfficialSarkodie; Kenya, Churchill Show; Nigeria, Mark Angel Comedy; Senegal, Prince Arts; South Africa, Yellow Brick Cinema; and Tanzania, DiamondPlatnumz.
Other top subscribed creators are in Zimbabwe, Mufti Menk; and Top Subscribed Nollywood Channel, IbakaTV/Nollywood.
Mr. Ajani said that for special mention, Yellow Brick Cinema which recently reached one million subscribers, was awarded a YouTube Gold Play Button in recognition of the achievement.