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Top 13 African Beauty Bloggers You Need To Follow On YouTube

African YouTubers are among the biggest beauty influencers in the world. Here are our favorites beauty channels, which you should follow.

African YouTubers are among the biggest beauty influencers in the world.

The days when women across the world looked to the biggest celebrities for beauty and fashion tips are gone.

Now we simply turn on YouTube and follow the recommendations of our favorite YouTubers and the women below always deliver.  

Based on the great response to our list of African beauty bloggers' Fenty Beauty reviews, we wanted to give an overview of African YouTubers based all over the world you need to follow. Be sure to subscribe to the channels below.

1. Jackie Aina

Jackie Aina built her following by being consistent (five years of videos), calling out brands who didn’t cater to black women and producing her annual “Trends We're Ditching” video, in which she uses to comedy to make fun of the makeup industry. She is of Nigerian heritage and is the biggest black beauty YouTuber on the internet.

2. Nyma Tang

Nyma Tang’s “Darkest Shade” series tests the darkest shade of some of the most popular brands—Fenty Beauty, Bobbi Brown and Lancome—to name a few. She built more than 300k followers within 10 months by filling a gap in the beauty YouTuber community. She is of South Sudanese heritage (Nuer to be exact) and based in Dallas, Texas. Other popular Sudanese YouTubers include Sudani Doll  and Melanin Rich Royal.

3. Love Halssa    

Halima is a Somali beauty and lifestyle blogger based in London who specializes in the everyday glow. Last year she deleted all of her YouTube videos and decided to start wearing the hijab again.

4. OmabelleTV

Omabelle, a Nigerian based in New Jersey, shares her struggles of dealing with adult acne and shows people who use makeup how to enhance their beauty. Her acne coverage foundation routine is one of her most popular videos she’s uploaded. Toni Olaoye and Ronke Raji are other popular Nigerian YouTubers also based in the diaspora.

5. Dimma Umeh

Dimma’s elegant and glamorous makeup looks emphasize glowing skin and smokey eyes. Her “5 things for” series are perfect for those starting a makeup collection. Because she is based in Nigeria, she often explains which brands deliver to the country and she also uses Nigerian makeup brands. Also, check out her Ankara Inspired makeup tutorials.

7. Kangai Mwiti

Kangai Mwiti is Kenya’s top beauty YouTuber and she uses models to illustrate her makeup artist techniques. Her ultimate goal is to create a media company that uses video to tell stories by and for Africans. One of her most popular videos focuses on makeup for the Eid holiday.  Another Kenyan beauty YouTuber, This is Ess, recently returned back to social media.

7. Lovette’s House of Style

Lovette Jallow is an entrepreneur hailing from Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire, who recently became the largest dark-skinned beauty YouTuber in Sweden. She goes back to Gambia twice a year and always vlogs. Her YouTube channel has made her an expert on makeup for black women in Sweden.

8. Cynthia Gwebu

The beauty youtube culture in South Africa is still evolving and Cynthia Gwebu is dominating. She started with a traditional blog and then expanded to YouTube. Don’t sleep on the wig tutorials as well.

9. Uwani Aliyu

Uwani Aliyu shocked her followers recently when she decided to revert back to permed hair. That video became her most watched video ever. The Nigerian YouTuber showcases hair, makeup and fashion tutorials.

10. Lizlizlive

The Ghanaian YouTuber has perfected the “no makeup” makeup look. Her videos about weight gain/weight loss, plastic surgery, and university make her channel more personal than others. Liz has been making videos for five years.

11. Tabitha Laker

Tabitha’s channel has it all—makeup, natural hair, personal stories, and even travel. The Ugandan beauty showcased her homeland in an extensive travel series that is a must-see.

12. Chanel Ambrose

If the name doesn’t sound familiar, the plus-sized YouTuber used to go by Chanel Boateng. Her most popular video is called Fat Girl Life Hacks, in which she provides everyday solutions to beauty and clothing issues. In 2015,  she launched her makeup line, Amby Rose.

13. Peakmill

Khadijat Sanni started her channel reviewing wigs and expanded to makeup. Now people seek out her in-depth wig tutorials that explain how to transform cheap wigs into luxurious hair pieces. Her most popular makeup videos feature transformations that she describes as “beating the hell out of my face.” She recently joined the exclusive club of having more than 1 million subscribers.

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In an unprecedented move towards gender inclusion within the Ethiopian government, the country's lawmakers have announced a new cabinet made up by 50 percent women.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed—who has been described as a reformist, due to landmark changes that have occurred under his leadership—made the announcement on Tuesday. "Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can't lead," he said in Parliament. "This decision is the first in the history of Ethiopia and probably in Africa."

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Op-Ed: Kanye West In Africa Is Music Marketing At Its Worst

Scream all you want. Feel the euphoria of Kanye moving to our drums, but don't forget he's here for marketing.

One of the most interesting parts of the music industry is the marketing of an album. In developed music markets, accomplished professionals and creatives sit in a room and decide how best they want to sell the music. It's the norm. Many people deliberate and develop a roll-out plan that is improved until it's perfect for execution.

When JAY-Z rented out billboards for 4:44, with everyone wondering what it meant around the world, that is marketing. Mr Eazi drawing a towering mural of himself and Giggs in London, was another marketing tactic to push his single "London Town." Falz created an entire movement filled with conventionally attractive men, and named it the 'Sweet Boys Association,' because he had a single that needed to be sold to fans. Perhaps, what takes the cake in the world of African music marketing is one crazy move by a little known Nigerian artist named Skibii. You see, this guy died and rose again from the dead, just like sweet biblical adult Jesus. He had a single somewhere that needed the attention. Death and resurrection was his thing.

Kanye West is in Africa for marketing. The US rap superstar is holed up at the Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, surrounded by his friends, colleagues and family. He is here because he has an album to release named Yandhi, and somehow, he found his way to the Motherland, where's he's built two outdoor domes, as his working studio. He isn't working from inside a house like a mere mortal. He's in the wild, connecting to Mother Nature and nourishing foliage. This is Africa, Kanye West is an African-American. His ancestors came from this part of the world. He has a claim to this soil.

Kanye West was supposed to drop his ninth studio album on Saturday, September 29. After two days of waiting, three Saturday Night Live performances, one tweet from Kim Kardashian-West and an appearance on TMZ Live, Yandhi was pushed back to Black Friday, November 23. West admitted that he "didn't finish" the album in time, and a member of his management staff suggested pushing the release back.

"I started incorporating sounds that you never heard before and pushing and having concepts that people don't talk about," West said. "We have concepts talking about body-shaming and women being looked down upon for how many people that they slept with. It's just a full Ye album and those five albums I dropped earlier were like superhero rehabilitation and now the alien Ye is fully back in mode… We're going to Africa in two weeks to record. I felt this energy when I was in Chicago. I felt the roots. We have to go to what is known as Africa."

In Africa, Kanye West hasn't laid low. Photos from his arrival hit the internet, and somehow, he was filmed listening, dancing and vibing to African music. Those songs include Mystro's "Immediately," and Burna Boy's "Ye." The videos have gone viral, Africans are wowed by Kanye's interaction with their music, reactions and takes, Africa is moved by Kanye West interacting with our music. Somehow, I used to think we are over this type of event. The event where an an American superstar, who has a huge fan base in Africa, dances to our music, and we lose it. But I was wrong. This content format still has power.

Scream all you want. Feel the euphoria of Kanye moving to our drums, but don't forget he's here for marketing. His album is about to drop, and he's publicly alerted the world that he needs to be in Africa and its strong cultural influence to complete the project. Everyone is watching, the conversation has global traction, and Africans are supporting him. Since Kanye got heat for his infamous "Slavery was a choice," comment, I knew Africa will become a part of that story. The past week has seen him visit President Donald Trump at the white house, and further moved away from the love of his African-American base in the US. Black people are not behind Kanye West right now. The media is tearing him to shreds. Celebrities are in a social media race to dissociate themselves from him. Many fans aren't proud of their icon. But he is in the Motherland, dancing to its native music, and we can all cheer.

"I'm in Africa recording," he says in a 9 minute video on Twitter about mind control free thinking and his greatness. "We just took them to the future with the dome. The music is the best on the planet. I am the best living recording artist. We, rather, because the spirits flow through me. The spirit of Fela, the spirit of Marley, the spirit of Pac flows through me. We know who the best. We know."

On the surface, Africa appears to be a gimmick. A play by a great artist to expand the story of his album for marketing talking points. Yandhi is already anticipated, and generations after us will study his art and point to this project as the one where Africa played a direct role. This black continent is a marketing tool for Kanye. Son of Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti, has already disassociated Fela Kuti's spirit from Kanye's claims. "On behalf of the Kuti family, I want to state that the spirit of Olufela Anikulapo Kuti isn't anywhere near Kanye West," Seun announced on Instagram.

Perhaps marketing isn't Kanye's only reason for his African trip. Maybe, the world is too harsh on Kanye West and his new level of introspective vibrations. Maybe we aren't seeing the bigger picture. Oh gosh! We might all be victims of this grand mind control programme that West talks about! What if Kanye West is on these shores for some actual influence? Africa has a rich spectrum of sounds, laden with enough culture, soul and character to influence any type of music. From Cairo down to Lagos, there's enough music to add colour.

A clear way for justification of his African trip is perhaps for Kanye West to give back. He is connecting to the 'roots' after all. He is soaking in the energy for inspiration. Perhaps he might actually get to work with an African artist while on the continent. Already, Perhaps Africa's contributions to the project will be anchored by an African. Already, in his creative dome, Ugandan producer extraordinaire, Benon Mugumbya, has been pictured. If he gets some of that Yhandi shine, it wouldn't hurt.

Kanye officially has to be the first hip-hop star to make a trip to the continent for direct inspiration since Africa began to hug the spotlight as an interesting market for global music players. Recent years have witnessed the penetration of African music into global pop spaces. Africa has become the new cool. And as her sonic influence grows, more artists would continue to find new ways to interact. Kanye is making a splash with this. Perhaps, he will be the inspiration for more exchange between Africa and Europe.

Perhaps, his music isn't his true reason for this trip. Maybe Ye just wants to get away from the madness from the USA, and go find Wakanda. Maybe he will discover Ye-Kanda. Either way, only the final version of Yhandi will contain the answers that we seek, and Kanye West's true intention. For now, he is already winning. All those marketing points are already helping the project.

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Pierre Kompany, a Congolese immigrant and father of professional football players Vincent and Francois Kompany, has been elected mayor of the Ganshoren borough in Brussels, BBC reports.

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