It has been a year filled with fun, laughter and extraordinary moments as we watched millions of Kenyans jump onto TikTok, the world’s leading destination for short-form videos, to express themselves and entertain others in 2019. Through viral challenges, popular stickers, filters and effects, Kenyans took center stage in 2019 to show off their greatest attributes in ways that tugged at our heartstrings or made us roll on the floor with laughter.
As the year draws to a close, all users were invited to vote for their favourite and the most creative video content based on five different categories.
Without further ado, here are the 2019 winners based on user votes:
- Best in Comedy:
The first category celebrates the TikTok comedians who kept the community laughing in 2019. The award in this category goes to comedian @rodahyz, known for her improvisation skills and great sense of humor.
- Best in Dance:
Known for featuring the coolest tracks, TikTok hosted a number of dance challenges that got everyone’s feet moving this year. One of the most popular was #sokotechallenge dance. And the award goes to our 2019 exemplary dancer, @tasha_nashaa!
- Best in Fashion:
This category includes TikTok creators who kept up with 2019 fashion trends and how they shared this with the community. Based on her glowing videos and known for her #iusedtobebeautiful song, @polly_wachirah was crowned 2019’s TikTok fashionista.
- Best Moving Moment:
Browsing through TikTok can often be an emotional journey as you never know what content you’re going to find. We have to congratulate @edwinstarmax as he definitely kept the community in touch with their emotions this year through his creative moving moment skills.
- Best Transition:
TikTok videos are best watched with a smooth transition between compiled videos. But who was the smoothest of them all? We say @abubakar._254 Congratulations!
When looking back to 2019, TikTok, as a platform that encourages users to showcase their unique skills and talent, has attracted a diverse list of celebrities such as @ericomondi, @vivianne_ke, @nadiamukami, @terencecreative and @masauti in Kenya to join and create bite-sized fun video and give fans a sneak peek into their day-to-day lives.
As a platform to engage a growing fan base and a global audience, TikTok also served as the launchpad of a diverse array of local creators. Local creators including @naughty_by_nature11, @dzireo, @morgyadrian, @antony_siajabu_ilon and @afrobeatswithkamau are among those who have gained a massive following and connected to fan-base community and global audience.
That’s a wrap: We can truly say that 2019 was indeed an unforgettable year for TikTok in Kenya, with challenges such as #tiktokkenyasquad and #africanmom that creatively showcased our rich heritage, cultural diversity and family values in a light way. Kenya closes the year with TikTok’s hit song Absolutely Anything by CG5 amongst other favorites such as Ikamate Hiyo by @nadiamukami and Feel Me by @vivianne_ke .
Wait, it’s not over yet: Before 2019 officially comes to an end, TikTok has yet another challenge for creators to share the festive joy with fellow users. Look out for the Summer Christmas challenge which will start from 20 December 2019. To join in on this challenge, simply look up #KenyaXmas on TikTok and share your version of a local Christmas.
Here’s a sneak peek at what other creators have already posted:
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