A snapshot of what trended on TikTok in 2022

As we approach the end of the year, TikTok has taken a look at the hottest moments and trends that started the year on a high note.

TikTok’s head of content programming Boniswa Sidwaba said: “What happens on TikTok doesn’t stay on TikTok, whether you are rebuilding a brand, showcasing talent, or using the platform as a vehicle for self-expression. We have seen creators realise the tangible, real-world benefits of creating content on the platform.”

Sidwaba said there was a time when creators were addressing pivotal, global issues such as climate change and interacting with communities. The platform was also used as an entertainment destination for heart-warming humour.

TikTok will be awarding these content creators across the sub-Saharan Africa through their its inaugural awards and is calling on all TikTok users throughout the region to vote for their favourite content creator.

The winner will be crowned TikTok #TopCreator2022 and #TopCreator2022 runner-up for South Africa.

The nominated creators will battle it out to earn the Creator of the Year title for the whole sub-Saharan African region.

These are some of the nominees and different categories:

The songs that sound-tracked 2022

  1. Buga (Lo Lo Lo) by Kizz Daniel & Tekno
  2. uMlando (feat. Sir Trill, Sino Msolo, Lady Du, Young Stunna and Slade) by 9umba & TOSS & Mdoovar
  3. SETE (feat. Young Stunna & Blxckie) by K.O
  4. Salary Salary by Robot Boii & Mellow & Sleazy & Soul Revolver
  5. Sofa Silahlane by Wanitwa Mos & Master KG & Lowsheen

Weekday tunes ✨ #YanoPlug #fypシ゚viral #fyp #tiktoksa #nkosazanadaughter #masterkg #wanitwamos #sofasilahlane #Music #Trending #foryoupage #love

♬ original sound – YanoPlug

Most viewed artists on TikTok

  1. Pabi Cooper
  2. Makhadzi
  3. Mr Jazziq
  4. Uncle Waffles
  5. EBucs
  6. Quality Biyela
  7. Owami Mafokate
  8. Lloyiso
  9. Oskido
  10. Vusi Nova

roboto roboto roboto😭 @owami.mafokate #owamimafokate #roboto

♬ Salary Salary – Robot Boii & Mellow & Sleazy & Soul Revolver

The most popular videos of 2022

  1. @alphi_sipho – konkaring at KONA with Mam’Sbosh
  2. @bafanamthembu3 – local fashion trendsetter. Bhinca Cool
  3. @godsbutler – Vlogger taking us through his day in a South African township
  4. @thembiseete1- legendary songstress, actress and Idols South Africa judge, Thembi Seete reveals one of her Idols’ looks and details from behind-the-scenes
  5. @bontle_ba_afrika – one of SA’s top dancers and choreographers dancing to Big Flexa – Costa Titch
  6. @oskidoibelieve – producer and award-winning musician who has taken over South African TikTok with Sis Judy                                                                                         7. @primo9teen – Primo adds a humorous twist to a global music trend

Public voting will open on TikTok from midnight on December 16 until December 23 at 11.59pm.

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