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TikTok’s Growing Popularity in Africa

TikTok South Africa event at ComiCon Africa held in Johannesburg in September 2019 (Image via ByteDance Facebook).

Africa has the youngest population in the world, and they are rapidly warming to TikTok, the social media platform developed by the Chinese tech giant ByteDance. 

With its popular short videos and music with various features, TikTok is taking off in Africa, especially in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Egypt.

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