According to the platform, the awards ceremony not only spotlighted exceptional content across various categories but also emphasised TikTok's commitment to empowering creators.

By offering resources and monetisation opportunities, the platform is pivotal in enabling creators to pursue their passions sustainably.

Bianca Sibiya, TikTok's head of content operations in sub-Saharan Africa, shared that the awards are designed to inspire, guide and empower the next generation of talent.

"The '#TopCreator2023' awards give us an opportunity to recognise and celebrate our talented content creators from across the continent. We're incredibly proud and inspired by these creators, who significantly impact their communities through innovative, engaging and captivating content. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees," says Sibiya. 

Mathys Venter, managing executive for prepaid and loyalty at Vodacom South Africa, says, "Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the 2023 TikTok Top Creator Awards."

"Through this initiative, in collaboration with TikTok, we hope to continue shedding light on the ever-evolving creative industry across Africa. We remain committed to providing creators with technological solutions that empower their entertaining content creation," Venter adds. 

2023 Top Creator Awards winners:

Sports Creator of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Nezcatt (South Africa)
Gaming Creator of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa
  • khalamanja_ (Nigeria)
Entertainment Creator of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Sachi_himes96 (South Africa)
Lifestyle and Education Creator of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa
  • _iremide (Nigeria)
Trailblazer of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa
  • @olaoflagos_ (Nigeria)
Africa Rising Creator of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Afrolecia (South Africa)
Publisher of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa
  • PulseNigeria247 (Nigeria)
Song of the Year in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Tyler ICU

TikTok says that the ceremony showcased talent and diversity, featuring dynamic performances by renowned artists like Tyler ICU and Thozi Music and a special appearance by the TikTok Top Creator Overall Winner for 2022, Dennis Ombachi.

Known as the 'Roaming Chef', Ombachi is well known for his famous phrase 'Chop tomato and onion, done,' and is a retired rugby player. During his athletic era, Ombachi played for Kenya 7s, representing the country at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was also part of the squad that represented Kenya at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia, according to TikTok. 

The collaboration between TikTok and Vodacom exemplifies a shared vision of nurturing talent and empowering creators economically, contributing significantly to Africa's burgeoning digital economy, says TikTok and Vodacom. 

The platform concludes that TikTok continues to be a leading platform for creative expression, offering a space where creators can connect, inspire and thrive. The '#TopCreator2023' awards highlight the endless possibilities within the TikTok community and set the stage for future innovations in content creation.

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