People have been uploading videos on YouTube since its inception in 2005. The platform was an instant hit, getting an average of 2 million views per day. When it launched its Partners Program, which makes it possible to monetize videos, more people were motivated to join and upload their videos. Due to the fact that it was a way to not only showcase their talent but also earn some money.
Since then, YouTube has birthed a wide variety of content creators from all over the world. From chefs to comedians, you will find literally anything on YouTube. Furthermore, popular YouTube creators have become household names.
In Kenya, there are a good number of YouTube creators’ worth checking out. They have earned a reputation for uploading high-quality and entertaining videos that rival those of their international counterparts.
Here are some Kenyan YouTube channels that you should be watching.
If you’re in the mood for a good laugh, then head on to Flaqo’s YouTube channel. This comedian prides himself in being a one-man army, playing different characters in his elaborate skits. His unique style helped him stand out from other Kenyan comedians on the platform and put him at the top of the list.
Crazy Kennar is one of those online comedians who have become household names. His humour is undeniable but it’s his unique content ideas that make him stand out. For instance, he has a video called How men from different professions seduce ladies and it’s guaranteed to leave you in stitches.
Njugush is now a veteran of the comedy world but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit. When he’s not doing a comedy tour, he creates content on the platform that attracts an impressive number of views. He mostly teams up with his wife, Celestine Ndinda, to deliver funny skits based on current events and everyday life.
Abel Mutua is a seasoned actor who has starred in popular shows like Tahidi High. He branched to the YouTube sphere where he launched a storytelling channel with the aim of entertaining and educating his 500,000+ subscribers who he refers to as “wakurugenzi”. Thanks to his theatric skills and experience, he turns historical events in the country and the world at large into captivating stories.
Speaking of Kenyan YouTubers making a positive impact on the platform, Lynn is definitely one of them. She uses her channel to share stories about everyday Kenyans who have been through unimaginable challenges. Her channel has played a huge role in airing many injustices that happen in the country and the life stories of people from all walks of life through one of her shows dubbed “Tales Of Wanjiku”.
When it comes to online journalism, nobody compares to Mungai Eve. You can trust her to secure the interviews we all want which has helped her channel grow significantly in a short time. From viral sensations to celebrities, you will see them and hear their stories on her channel as soon as they break.
East Meets West 254
East Meets West 254 is a light-hearted channel comprising a group of friends who talk about their life experiences. From body count to breakups, nothing is off-limits. The friends manage to make every topic entertaining and as an audience member, you feel like you’re a part of the friend group, laughing along to their jokes, even the inside ones.
Stephanie Ng’ang’a’s YouTube channel became the talk of the town following her viral video trend where two people write love letters to each other. She also hosts friends and other social media personalities to discuss various topics from friendship to finances.
Cleaning The Airwaves
If you’re looking for inspirational stories from some of our favourite celebrities, then look no further. Cleaning The Airwaves is the plug for all positive impact stories about Kenyans. He usually interviews celebrities while staying behind the scenes and gets them to reveal the most intimate details about their lives and puts to rest any rumours about them.
Best Kept Secrets Podcast
Sharon Mwangi is no stranger on YouTube. She started off as a beauty and lifestyle creator but nowadays, she’s focused on her podcast dubbed Best Kept Secrets. She normally hosts the usual social media personalities to have discussions centred on a specific topic of the day. Her channel has gained popularity due to the relatable topics, familiar faces and production quality.
Cooking tutorials have risen in popularity on social media and many have been jumping on the bandwagon lately. However, Suzy has been sharing her recipes with her 140,000+ YouTube subscribers for years. The proud mother of 4 kids aims to make motherhood magical through her videos which demonstrate how to prepare delicious family meals and how to budget and maintain a household.
Chef Raphael has been on YouTube for 6 years and has over 400 videos on the platform. He focuses on recipes and cooking tutorials showing his audience how to make anything from cakes to yoghurt. Apart from his talent in the culinary arts, Raphael has a soft-spoken demeanor which makes his likeable and his videos enjoyable to watch.
Be ready to salivate because Phil showcases nothing but delicious meals on her channel. She specializes in quick recipes that are easy to follow and try. If you want to learn how to make chapatti in a simple way, check out her channel. Her videos are no longer than 10 minutes yet they have all the details you need to cook or bake whatever you want.
Chef D Wainaina
Chef Ali teaches his audience how to make delicious and easy everyday recipes for those who want to improve their cooking skills or wow their guests. He prides himself in being passionate about food, mostly focusing on Kenyan and African dishes. His videos are detailed with a light-hearted touch that keeps the audience engaged.
If you’re an avid watcher of Kenyan YouTubers, then you’ve probably come across Cheymuv’s channel. Cheyenne Muvunyi, also known as Cheymuv, is a Kenyan-Rwandese YouTuber who has been on the platform since 2014. She creates beauty and lifestyle content that will inspire you to look and feel your best.
Raymond has capitalized on viral-style videos like the ones Mr. Beast makes and clearly, it’s paying off. He has amassed over 40,000 subscribers and his videos get an average of 50,000 to 100,000 views which is impressive for a Kenyan YouTuber. One of his most popular videos is Eating at every fast food chain in Kenya which has almost 500,000 views.
Michelle Ngoje is a talented makeup artist who serves celebrity clients. She’s related to Diana Bahati, who often features in her videos, but she has managed to create her own voice on YouTube. Apart from makeup guides, she hosts sit-down videos with her friends and family to talk about personal life and relationship topics.
Zari is the definition of hard work and consistency pays. She got her big break on YouTube because of her wig installation videos. Since then, she has given her audience a glimpse into her personal life while still sharing beauty and hair tips. Her consistency has helped her grow her YouTube channel and become a force to be reckoned with on the platform.
Fashion influencer Ashley showcases her daily life including home improvement, shopping and events. She comes off as relatable to her audience since she doesn’t paint a picture of a perfect life. Instead, she’s open about her mental health struggles and her day-to-day struggles which helps more people know that they’re not alone.
Rhoda Maina is another vlogger who offers her audience aesthetic day in the life, beauty routines and shopping videos. However, the secret that has helped her stand out is that she showcases a realistic life. She lives in an affordable neighbourhood and has transformed her space to look just like, if not better, than a high-end apartment.