Emmanuella is that little girl who took the internet by a storm with her “this is not my real face” skit and a number of other rib-cracking videos where she and her uncle, Mark Angel have a go at each other on their Youtube channel. Some of them are quite hilarious. I felt nothing short of pride upon hearing about her win and that of other consistent content creators at the just concluded YouTube Sub-Saharan Africa Creator Awards organised by Google to celebrate the incredible creativity and talent on YouTube from across the African continent.

I followed events from the venue on Instagram accounts of my friends Olorisupergal and Sisi Yemmie who got to present an award! Some other leading African YouTube stars including Theodora Lee, Tofo Tofo! Grant Hinds and ‘An African City’ star, Maame Adjei were also in attendance. With awards for 22 categories including the channel in each country with the most subscribers, Google also celebrated a huge milestone for Youtube channel Yellow Brick Cinema with the international Gold Play Button Award for hitting 1 million subscribers. Goals>

Here’s a full list of the 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

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

Top Subscribed Creator in Uganda – Kansiime Anne

Top Subscribed Creator in Ghana – OfficialSarkodie

Top Subscribed Creator in Kenya – Churchill Show

Top Subscribed Creator in Nigeria – Mark Angel Comedy
Top Subscribed Creator in Senegal – Prince Arts

Top Subscribed Creator in South Africa – Yellow Brick Cinema

Top Subscribed Creator in Tanzania – DiamondPlatnumz

Top Subscribed Creator in Zimbabwe – Mufti Menk

Top Subscribed Nollywood Channel – IbakaTV/Nollywood

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 in Africa being uploaded has doubled year over year for the past two years. And the audience has grown with it. Watch time on mobile phones is growing 120% year over year.

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