Tiktok Honours Citizen TV's Youla Nzale & Zubeida Kananu for Unique Content

  • Citizen TV's Youla Nzale (left) and KTN News Anchor Zubeida Kananu.
    Citizen TV's Youla Nzale (left) and KTN News Anchor Zubeida Kananu.
  • Citizen TV sign language interpreter Youla Nzale and KTN News Anchor Zubeidah Kananu were ranked among Tik Tok's unique content creators in Kenya.

    The two were honoured for their unique content aimed at educating the masses on the importance as well as use of the sign language.

    Nzale, who ranks among the most recognisable sign language interpreters in Kenyan media, was honoured for her efforts to break down the national issues.

    In 2019, Nzale went viral for passionately interpreting the outgoing president’s speech during a devolution conference.

    Youla Nzale President Uhuru Kenyatta
    Sign Language interpreter Youla Nzale and President Uhuru Kenyatta During the 2019 Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga County

    Content creator Aheso Nyabuaja even described her as a superwoman for the passion hardwork she puts into her work.

    Kananu, on the other hand, was recognised for her efforts to showcase her strides as an encouragement for others to join in on the virtual lessons. .

    The duo was named alongside other content creators including Mercy Gathanga who helps the deaf access and enjoy different genres of music just like other people do.

    She analyses the songs and gives the meaning of lyrics by interpreting messages into sign language codes. She also loops everyone in by using the songs as background music for her content.

    Kenyan musician King Deaf Rapper, on the other hand, uses sign language skills to showcase and grow his rapping skills, including free-styling rap.

    The honours come days ahead of the September 23, 2022, celebrations of the International Day of Sign Languages.

    Boniswa Sidwaba, TikTok Content Operations Manager for TikTok Africa, noted that Tiktok is committed to growing its different communities aimed at fostering greater good.

    "As an all-inclusive platform, we acknowledge the importance of embracing different communities on TikTok.  We remain committed to promoting the different ways in which people can teach each other about sign language and how to use this medium of communication in all spheres of life.

    "This year's International Day of Sign Languages serves as a catalyst for providing accessible content to our community as a whole," stated Sidwaba.

    Tiktok ranks as the biggest social media site in the world.

    KTN News Presenter Zubeida Koome strikes a pose on KTN News Studios
    KTN News Presenter Zubeida Koome strikes a pose on KTN News Studios.
    Zubeida Koome