Humor
Video still via Twitter.

The Best African Memes of 2017

Laugh with us into 2018 with our best African memes of 2017.

You know your social media timelines and meme folders on your smartphones aren't complete until you come across some African memes.

It's still mind blowing to think about how quick young Africans turn trending topics and current events around to make our stomachs hurt in laughter.

This was very difficult list to narrow down—but with the help of a few of our contributors, take a look at our favorite African memes of 2017 below.


African #SaltBae started off 2017 right.

Remember when the internet went wild over Turkish chef and restaurant owner, Nusret Gökçe, when he took thirst trapping to a whole other level with meat, salt and his killer knife skills? The parodies followed suit, including this one by Kenya's Seth Gor that went viral in January.

Not only does he show off how he works an avocado, he made it known that he's Africa's own #SaltBae.

-Antoinette Isama

Whose Congolese mans is this?

This Congolese commercial went pretty viral mainly because of how uncreative it was.

-Ludi Nsimba

Once Mugabe stepped down, the memes commenced.

After 30 years, Robert Mugabe was (kind of, sort of) forced to step down from power. The memes that came after had us in stitches, though.

-Audrey Lang

The #UhuruChallenge was something else.

Kenyans on Twitter continued to have no chill as they made fun of President Uhuru Kenyatta's extra enthusiasm for "launching" projects.

-AI

Drake was peak African uncle in this outfit.

African Twitter showed no mercy to Drake after Twitter user Bizzle Osikoya told the internet to add a caption to his African uncle outfit. Click through the Instagram slideshow to cackle.

-AI

Folks love them some pondu.

Pondu is cassava leaves and it's a well known Congolese dish. Some parts of the DRC call it "sombé," which is Swahili for cassava leaves. Congo Republic calls it "saka saka." Pondu to us is like jollof rice to Nigerians.

-LS

This Habesha mother is all of our African moms.

Watch 'til the end.

-AI

You can't have a meme list without Michael Dappah a.k.a. Big Shaq.

Michael Dapaah going viral with his character Big Shaq was the best thing on the internet in 2017. Full stop.

-AI

New Edition's always on beat.

This was a mashup you didn't know you needed.

-AI

Speedy Darlington is not regular.

Speedy Darlington is a Nigerian artist with viral chops behind the phrase "BangDadaDang" with confidence for days.

-AI

This is hilariously true.

You can always count on vintage P-Square for a solid meme.

-AI

Arts + Culture

The Artist Is Present: Williams Chechet Utilizes Pop Art To Remind You To Know Your History

Meet the Nigerian multi-hyphenate creative whose work speaks for itself—check it out with OkayAfrica.

Williams Chechet is a multi-talented pop artist, graphic designer, illustrator and muralist who's one to watch. The Nigerian creative is influenced by his culture, history, afrofuturism, afrobeats and hip hop—and this screams at you when looking at his body of explosive work.

He seamlessly speaks through his vibrant visuals. Chechet's past work and due props include a series centered around leaders in Nigeria, a renowned celebration of heritage called We are the North on Northern Nigeria, a CNN Africa feature, a mural for Hard Rock Cafe Lagos, live art on MTV Base, album covers for M.I., Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, clothing with Pop Caven and an American streetwear brand we can't disclose just yet. More recently, he's collaborated with Cameroonian pop artist Fred Ebami on an icon series.

Keep reading... Show less
popular

This New Sarkodie Track 'Ye Be Pa Wo' Is Fire

You need to listen to the Ghanaian hip-hop heavyweight's new single "Ye Be Pa Wo."

Sarkodie rolls through and proves, once again, why he's at the top of the African rap game with his latest drop, ""Ye Be Pa Wo."

The new track, which was produced by fellow Ghanaian producer MOG Beatz (who previously did Sark's "Gboza") is a relentless injection of pure energy and rhymes.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Photo by Sabelo MKhabela.

11 South African Hip-Hop Songs About Weed

4/20 Special: Here are 11 South African songs to get high to.

You can't separate hip-hop and weed. Dr. Dre's debut album The Chronic was named after the herb and the likes of Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Quasimoto pretty much made careers off rapping about weed.

The tradition is alive wherever hip-hop exists. In South Africa, weed has been rapped about just as much as the aforementioned artists have. And according to Lord Quas on "America's Most Blunted" from the album Madvillainy, listening to music under the influence of weed makes it sound better.

"Listening to music while stoned is a whole new world. Most cannabis consumers report it second only to sex. And grass will change your musical habits, for the better."

In light of 4/20, we list some South African hip-hop songs, both old and new, about weed. If you're a smoker, these songs could come in handy for you today.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.