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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.

Culture

You Need to Listen to Luvvie Ajayi's New Podcast 'Rants and Randomness'

Listen to the first episode "Real G's Move in Silence Like Wakanda" now.

Honestly, who better to host a podcast, than our favorite Nigerian social critic Luvvie Ajayi?

The blogger and media personality's new podcast Rants and Randomness, is already garnering pretty stellar reactions from listeners—It currently boasts a 5 star customer rating on iTunes. All of this is unsurprising given her knack for humor and sharp wit that we've enjoyed over the years through her popular blog Awesomely Luvvie.

In her very first episode, titled Real G's Move in Silence Like Wakanda, Luvvie rants about Valentine's Day extraness—which is a very real thing, interviews Eunique Jones Gibson, the photographer behind campaigns like "Because of them We can" and "I AM Trayvon Martin," and shares her thoughts on Black Panther—and yes, she was just as blown away as the rest of us.

She gives a full 15 minute review on the podcast, but you can read part of her review via this snippet from her blog:

My heart is full by the fact that this film feels like life-affirming in the way that cannot be taken back and it's long overdue. And the success of Black Panther should mean that more of these stories will be written and produced and distributed on a grand scale. I say SHOULD, because, well. Shit happens and whiteness loves to do dumb shit like ignore logic, all in the name of racism. More of these stories of Blackness, in all its forms, need to be shared to the world and the possibilities are endless. If nothing else Black Panther should show that our stories are profitable, amazing and necessary. We need more of them all the time in all forms. They won't all look like Black Panther, which is good. They need to be different but they need to exist.

So shoutout to Ryan Coogler and the cast who KILLED IT. And allowed us to come together in joy. I'm officially claiming citizenship of Wakanda.

We feel you, girl. Wakanda forever.

Read the full review via her blog. For more, listen and subscribe to Rants and Randomness via iTunes.

Video: OkayAfrica's 'Black Panther' Celebration at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

OkayAfrica partnered with Brooklyn Academy of Music and D'ussé for an advanced screening, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Ryan Coogler and an epic afterparty.

Ahead of Black Panther's epic release last week, OkayAfrica and Okayplayer hosted an advanced screening and Q+A between director Ryan Coogler and CEO Abiola Oke, followed by our #OkayWakanda afterparty at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

It was a jam-packed event filled with beautiful black folks, coming together to celebrate the film of the year. The Wakandan pride was strong and what's even better is that we caught all the action on camera.

We got a chance to speak with our incredibly dressed attendees live from the red carpet and after party about what the film means to them and why they came out to support it.

Check out all the action from the event and after party in the video below.


Politics

We Did It: Three Years of #FeesMustFall Finally Bears Fruit

This year's South African budget shows that struggle can make things better.

Yesterday, South African Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, presented the long-awaited 2018 budget speech. While he was heavily criticised for increasing VAT and the fuel levy, which will heavily impact the poor, students celebrated the R57 billion that will finally be set aside to fund their studies in their entirety.

It was 2015 and I was at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, along with thousands of students from all over the country, waiting to be addressed by former President Jacob Zuma about our demands for a 0% increase in fees for the following year. We were capable students, worthy of being at universities but we were also black and lacking the money to access institutions which were fast becoming financially exclusive. While our core demand was eventually met, we knew it wasn't a complete victory—what about the fees for the following year and the year after that? I still remember how days after that epic march, my ears were still ringing with the phantom sounds of struggle songs and the whizzing of rubber bullets. I don't know if South Africa or the world will ever truly know how that fight scarred so many of us.

In the years that followed, we watched as the government (which claimed it had no money to allocate to tertiary education) squander state resources time and time again. We protested relentlessly; fiercely. We were shot at by police, our campuses looked like war-zones and we wondered whether we would attain the degrees upon which our families hopes rested so heavily.

After Jacob Zuma's resignation a few days ago, I wrote about how the ANC would embark on a journey of some serious ass-kissing in the run-up to the general elections in 2019. I warned Fees Must Fall activists that if ever there were a more opportune time to act, that it was most certainly now. R57 billion rand has been allocated for the funding of tertiary education for students whose household incomes are less than or equal to R350 000 per annum. This will assist not only the poor black working class but the black "missing middle" as well. The entire duration of their degrees will be funded with the added promise of supporting students in terms of food, transport and accommodation costs, all key to making this announcement a full victory and not just a partial one.

Now does this magically solve all our problems as black students? Does it do away with the rampant inequality prevalent on all our university campuses? No, it does not. But what it is, is a step in a very hopeful direction. Of course, it remains to be seen whether this R57 billion will actually serve its purpose and not be misappropriated like so many of our state funds in the past. However, our acting President Cyril Ramaphosa, is looking to make a big splash. He's looking to garner not only our support but our lasting support, so it would stand him in good stead if he ensures his government keeps their word. He has seen (or at least read about) the destruction, the chaos, the physical and psychological damage to our young members of society following numerous Fees Must Fall protests and clashes with the police.

I will never forget that day at the Union Buildings when the police started throwing stun grenades at us and unleashing a barrage of bullets. I will never forget how a young male student stumbled towards my friend and I, his face completely drenched in blood. I will never forget how my friend and I ran out of sheer, naked fear, blindly into the busy streets of the Pretoria CBD and eventually hid ourselves behind a nearby bus stop. I was not as active on the frontlines as so many other students were, not in the least, so I can only begin to imagine the kind of trauma they still have to wrestle with till this day.

The #NationalShutDown in Cape Town on Wednesday, October 21 2015. Photo by Imraan Christian

That is why this announcement, as much as it was a string of words on a piece of paper for a lot of people, meant so much more to the rest of us. It's a sigh of relief for many black students. It means a glimmer of hope for so many black families. It's a chance to dream and to do so without inhibition. This is all we've been fighting for and it feels so damn good to allow ourselves, even for just a moment, to bask in the light that seemed so elusive back then.

Our fallen comrade Solomon Mahlangu, the young man we sang about in our struggle songs, once said that his blood would nourish the tree that would bear the fruits of freedom. He told us to continue the fight. And so to all my comrades, amandla!

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