It’s been about seven years of the YouTube Awards, and organisers finally believe the time has come for Africa to be loud and proud of her achievements.
Being the first ever for the region, the Sub-saharan African Youtube Awards organized by Google, sought to reward the ingenuity of creators.
The 2016 edition was out to honour African creatives who have used the video-sharing website, to share exceptional content ranging from tutorials and self-help materials in the areas of fashion, art, comedy lifestyle and even major news coverage.
Many creators are looking beyond the challenges they face daily and churning out content that are making wonderful impact across the globe.
Director YouTube, Ben Mcowen Wilson, said although the company has not done many award ceremonies, “this year, Africa would be one of the few around the world to get its own award ceremony”.
Furthermore, he said “we’ve seen amazing diversity of talent arriving here.
“Not just in terms of the different countries represented such as Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa but also the types of content that people are creating and distributing here on YouTube.
“So for us, the time is right to start celebrating that and encouraging those people and sharing in their successes,” Mr Wilon expressed.
Some of the winners, nominated in various categories include: Kansiime Anne, Ramscomics / Supastrikas, Retutpro – Photography and Photoshop Tutorials, Channels Television, Ndani TV.
View a full list of the winners here.