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YouTube Unveils 2022 End of Year Lists in Nigeria



By David Alonge

YouTube unveiled lists ranking the top trending videos, music videos, Shorts, and creators in Nigeria on Thursday.  

According to a disclosure by the social media giant, this year’s lists are reflective of the most important moments to unfold in 2022 on and offline, such as the performance video for Mavins, Crayon, Ayra Starr, LADIPOE, Magixx and Boy Spyce’s  song titled Overloading, Episode 24 Apocalypse of Selena Tested and SELINA, the Nollywood Romantic Comedy from Uduak Isong TV.

In addition to the top trending videos of the year, a new list ranks the top Shorts on YouTube in Nigeria and features creators such as Tov Family, Mc Shem Comedian and ILYA BORZOV who are growing their fandom

YouTube Statement:

“Every year, the YouTube End-of-Year Top lists give us a glimpse into what people in Nigeria were most curious about. YouTube is the place where everyone comes to see what has and is happening in the world while participating in, and having an impact on, today’s culture.

“Whether it’s Shorts creators making millions laugh such as Oga Sabinus, or fascinating events such as the 100 days building a modern underground hut with a grass roof and a swimming pool by Mr.Heang Update, 2022 was an important year for us all and we cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for us.”

Top Creators Making Waves

According to the list, comedian Real OGB Recent, whose real name is Michael Charles, is the number one content creator in Nigeria for this year. He is followed by Oga Sabinus (Emmanuel Chukwuemeka), also a comedian. Other creators on the list are:

  • Neptune3 Studios
  • Official BRODA SHAGGI
  • BrainJotter Comedian
  • HouseOfAjebo
  • KieKieTV
  • MSA (formerly My Story Animated)
  • Officer Woos.

All Categories: This year, YouTube released five lists:

  • Top Shorts (NEW): A list ranking the most viewed Shorts in Nigeria in 2022.
  • Top Trending Videos: A list ranking the most viewed Trending videos in Nigeria in 2022.
  • Top Music Videos: A list ranking the most viewed music videos in Nigeria in 2022.
  • Top Creators: Based on subscribers gained in 2022 in Nigeria. This list includes long form, Shorts, and multiformat Creators.
  • Breakout Creators: Based on subscribers gained in 2022 in Nigeria, and channel tripling in size when compared to 2021 (+200% year-over- year growth). This list includes long form, Shorts, and multiformat creators.

According to Youtube, the Top Trending Videos list is based on a range of factors – beyond just views – that indicate how “trending” a video really is. The YouTube Culture & Trends team also considers engagement and looks at signals like shares and likes of a certain video.

$50 Billion Reward

YouTube announced that YouTube Shorts are being watched by over 1.5B logged-in users every month and averaging over 30 billion daily views.

The company also announced that YouTube paid more than $50 Billion to creators, artists, and media companies in the 3 years before June 2022.

More than two million people participate in YouTube’s partnerships program around the world. YouTube’s subscription services, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, now have more than 80 million users, including trailers, around the world.

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