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10 South African YouTubers You Need To Be Watching

These are the top 10 South African YouTubers around right now.

South Africa's video blogging scene is steadily growing as a lot of opinionated young people are taking advantage of the tools and platforms at their disposal to tell their own stories, express themselves, or just make their fans laugh.


While a large number of vloggers opt to share their videos on Facebook because of ease of access, their YouTube numbers are impressive too.

From the hilarious Fash Ngobese, to the unrelenting Sibu Mpanza, the quirky Pap Culture, and the humorous Mark Futzgibbon, among others, we bring you 10 South African vloggers worth checking out as you procrastinate to study or abuse your office Wi-Fi connection on.

Check them out below, listed in no particular order.

1. Fash Ngobese aka Yes Fash

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Yes Fash's videos are mostly about how different types of people (race, gender, class) react to various scenarios. Fash's videos are humorous in that they are a tongue-in-cheek take on situations we all find ourselves in. And his ability to play different characters in one clip—think of Eddie Murphy or Tyler Perry—is so seamless, you forget it's just one person on the video.

Follow Fash Ngobese on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

2. Siyabulela Deli aka TaFire

TaFire is also great at impersonating different kinds of South Africans. One of his funniest videos is one in which he role plays how black, coloured and white Afrikaaner people would react if approached to taste a new burger from Burger King. His impersonations are hilarious and he's able to switch between the different accents seamlessly. TaFire's clips, which mostly go viral on Facebook, landed him a TV role on the soapies, Isibaya, last year.

Follow TaFire on Twitter, Facebook and and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

3. Pap Culture

Pap Culture is run by three vloggers, Nwabisa Mda, Thembe Mahlaba and Bongeka Masango. The trio tackle serious issues, such as rape culture, race, gender, hair, money and all kinds of isms, in a light-hearted but engaging way. Their videos are categorized into talks, challenges and their infamous dashboard cam. On their recent series, called #BehindTheseWalls, they ask personal questions to different celebrities of their choice. Pap Culture have hosted the likes of Kwesta, Lady Skollie, Anne Hirsch, and many other different personalities.

Follow Pap Culture on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

4. Sibu Mpanza

Sibu Mpanza is edgy and clever just like Pap Culture. His videos also tackle heavy topics, but with subtle humor, sarcasm, and sometimes using anecdotes to approach a topic. He comments on current issues ranging from politics, race, gender, and sexual violence, among others. Sibu is also a serial collaborator, having made videos with Microwave Boyz, Broke Niggaz, Okay Wasabi and Pap Culture, among others.

Follow Sibu Mpanza on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

5. Mark Fitzgibbon

Mark Fitzgibbon's vlogs poke fun at being young coloured, specifically Cape Coloured. He covers themes such as relationships, pop culture, and social issues in a light-hearted manner. He's made videos about not having abs, not having a winter bae, being harassed on a train, but one theme he keeps returning to is the "tief"–Cape Coloured slang for "bitch." A hilarious blogger, but not for the faint-hearted. You've been warned.

Follow Mark Fitzgibbon on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

6. Broke Niggaz

Broke Niggaz is a web reality series founded by vlogger Menzi Anarchadium. Him and his friends discuss issues that have to do with being young, black and, well, broke. Their videos are quirky, funny, and sadly relatable, as they touch on issues like struggling with adulating and the hypocrisy of the internet, among other issues that a young black man who's either a student or a young professional struggles with.

Follow Anarchadium on Twitter, and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

7. The Microwave Boys

The Microwave Boys are a trio of friends who host a show in which they give their take on current issues, from Migos and Joe Budden's "beef" to Grace Mugabe's shenanigans, and everything in between. If watching three energetic and highly-opinionated dudes dissect current affairs and pop culture while laughing hysterically is your thing, then The Microwave Boys are here for you.

Follow The Microwave Boys on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to Anarchadium's YouTube channel for their videos.

8. Lasizwe Dambuza

Lasizwe Dambuza makes videos of different scenarios such as how a black girl reacts to being spanked during sex, how black students get baffled by Afrikaans exams, how black parents respond to their kids coming out. But his most popular videos is a parody of media personality Bonang Matheba's reality show "Being Bonang," in which Lasizwe imagines Queen B's reaction to allegations against boyfriend AKA cheating on her. Lasizwe is a shape shifter who can emulate all kinds of people.

Follow Lasizwe Dambuza on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

9. Theodora Lee

Theodora Lee's vlogs are halfway between light-hearted and serious. Using her life experiences as an entry point, she reflects and give tips on issues such as mental illness, dating, beauty and health. If you would like to get into the head of a young South African trying to make sense of the world around her, while getting your funny bone tickled, Theo is your girl.

Follow Theodora Lee on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to her YouTube channel.

10. Okay Wasabi

Okay Wasabi, who's also a rapper, makes parodies of hip-hop songs, an art that isn't that big in South Africa. His parody of DJ Citi Lyts' hit single " Vura," is called "Dudla," and revolves around being overweight. He has made parodies of hip-hop hits such as Anatii and AKA's "The Saga," Emtee's "Roll Up," and a few more. But Wasabi's videos go beyond hip-hop parodies. He also does some comedy skits, and his latest series is called 'Kota Past 9," in which he and his friend Daliii taste kotas from different neighborhoods.

Follow Okay Wasabi on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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