TikTok unveils the first creators to win #TopCreator2022 Awards in Sub-Saharan Africa


14 January 2023: African TikTok creators are amongst the first to be crowned Top Creator and Top Creator Runner Up for TikTok’s inaugural #TopCreator2022 – an award ceremony that recognises and awards content creators across Sub-Saharan Africa for the immense talent and creativity they brought to the platform in the past year. This ceremony follows a highly competitive eight-day-long public voting process on the app.

The Awards were hosted at the Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi in Kenya and in attendance was the media community and fellow creators across Sub-Saharan Africa. The award recipients enjoyed this momentous occasion in the presence of other nominees as they walked away with the TikTok #TopCreator2022 trophy.

Boniswa Sidwaba, TikTok’s Content programming Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, shares that: “this award ceremony is TikTok’s way of recognising storytellers, creativity and the positive impact all creators bring to the TikTok community. We are thrilled to be celebrating our creators who have been a driving force behind some of the exciting trends for 2022. With these inaugural awards, TikTok aims to give creators in Sub-Saharan Africa the recognition they deserve and to encourage them to tell the African story while spreading joy at all times.”

Without any further ado, please meet the first TikTok creators to win #TopCreator2022 Awards:

TikTok Top Creator 2022 West Africa Winner – @e4ma from Nigeria


Tag 3 dancers that made your year on this app… ❤️ #e4ma

♬ –

TikTok Top Creator 2022 West Africa Runner Up – @berby_picxy from Nigeria


🫶🏾 #onbeat did this tired 🫶🏼 #onbeatchallenge #berbypicxy

♬ JAGERMEISTER (feat. 2woBunnies) – Ice Beats Slide & Sbuda Maleather

TikTok Top Creator 2022 Southern Africa Winner – @Pilot_onthegram from South Africa


If you can’t see people in their cars waving when doing the FAOR-FALA VFR departure you’re doing it wrong 😝🤠 #pilotonthegram #kingair

♬ original sound – Pilot_onthegram

TikTok Top Creator 2022 Southern Africa Runner Up – @.lindokuhle_khoza from South Africa


Yes !😭💐🤣🤣🤣#lindokuhlek

♬ original sound – Motho Wa Ernest 🥹❤️🫂

TikTok Top Creator 2022 East Africa Winner – @natasha_gwal from Kenya


Curada rerka jah🙈👸🏻🤣#independentwoman❤🥰 #ownernatashaabdicollection #natashafamily #december #❤️🇸🇴🇸🇴

♬ original sound – Waryaa Abdi

TikTok Top Creator 2022 Runner Up – @beautyby.nita from Kenya


Tut is here with a lil storytime👽😍#fyp #tutorial #beautybynita

♬ original sound – Heidi Wong

In addition to the publicly-voted category and decided by the TikTok judging panel, the winner and runner-up of the overall Top Creator Award across Sub-Saharan Africa is:

TikTok Top Creator 2022 Sub-Saharan Africa Winner – @theroamingchef from Kenya


Soft Garlic Butter Naan, alongside rich & creamy Butter Chicken. #KrisiNaAjab #food #foodtiktok #fyp #kenya #naan #butterchicken #merrychristmas #happyholidays

♬ original sound – dennis ombachi

TikTok Top Creator 2022 Sub-Saharan Africa Runner Up – @charityekezie from Nigeria


Replying to @yousaf_afridi_312 We have ancestral google translate. #sacarsm #charityekezie #Africa

♬ original sound – Charityekezie

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