As the video-sharing app TikTok’s popularity grows daily, more and more people are joining the network.
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As the video-sharing app TikTok’s popularity grows daily, more and more people are joining the network. Photo: IOL

New to TikTok? Here are 8 accounts we recommend you follow

By Sacha Van Niekerk and Nosipho Nyide Time of article published Mar 19, 2020

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DURBAN - In this new world of social distancing and self-isolation to curb the spread of coronavirus, more and more people are turning to social media as a way to connect.  

For those of you who haven't discovered the video-sharing app TikTok, now could be a good time to join. From lip-syncing to creating new dance moves and even cooking tips, the app has a little something for everyone.

Sacha van Niekerk and Nosipho Nyide list the must-follow TikTokkers if you want to find out why the world is obsessed with the app.

Joshua Watson @joshvfx 2.1 million followers

For some really creative editing skills, follow Joshua Watson. Taking a lot of inspiration from Star Wars, Joshua will make you want to become a TikTok creator yourself. In one of his latest videos, he had his viewers wondering how he had been able to appear as though he had jumped through our screens.

Patrick Ramirez and Zachary Valentine @Zachv_pat 1.3 million followers

The brotherly love between Patrick Ramirez and his little brother Zachary Valentine will melt your heart. Zachary has down syndrome and through Tik Tok, he and his brother take us through their unique day to day life.


Down Syndrome Awareness Month! 💙💛 ##downsyndrome ##downsyndromeawareness ##brothers

♬ Choices (Yup) - E-40

Aliana King @aliana_king 225.7k followers

The model from Bermuda with the biggest head of beautiful curls. Sharing tips for making it in the industry - from castings to behind the scenes photoshoots - her videos are insightful and entertaining. She also partakes in skits and dances.

Lauren Deane @misslaurendeane 89.7k followers

Deane’s account is playful and fun, combining animation, digital art tutorials and popular dance trends. If you’ve seen any of her videos, you’ll know how flashy and vibrant the animations are, which look more impressive when superimposed with reality. Plus, she’s a talented make-up artist, so you never know in what medium she’ll be expressing herself.

Shandor Larenty @shandorlarenty 1.4m followers

If you’re an animal and bush lover, Larenty’s account is for you. From cuddling lions to being nuzzled by cheetahs, kissing giraffes and playing with a leopard, this South African wildlife expert has a knack for bonding with the animals he works with. Getting into the TikTok spirit, he still keeps up to date with the latest songs and trends, tying them in perfectly with all things with paws, claws, scales and fur.


The biggest diva on the reserve! 💁🏼‍♀️🦒 Purdy... ##giraffe ##shandorlarenty ##tiktoksouthafrica ##foryoupage ##southafrica ##fyp ##outdoors ##diva

♬ What the Hell - Avril Lavigne

Nemanja Majstorovic @zinccx_ 3.7m followers

Sixteen-year-old Nemanja is known on TikTok as Zinccx (not that I think anyone can pronounce that). He is popular for his Dua Lipa dance which, I must say, is tricky for people with stiff hips. He will also keep you in stitches with his version of the daily trending dances.

Nathan Molefe @nathanmolefe 278k followers

South African TikTokker Nathan Molefe is definitely someone to follow on the app if you are looking for a good laugh. His comedy sketches, which sometimes include him dressing up as his mother, or his more popular one in which he channels what some would call his alter ego Kevin, have become very popular on the app.


##duet with @tyanrinbezzie Thank you❤️💯

♬ Catbug lofi - ldmab12

Robbie Bell @robbiebell8 137.6k followers

Looking for drool-worthy dishes, cooking hacks and tutorials, Robbie Bell is your guy. As the owner of City Larder, a Melbourne-based business specialising in handmade terrines, pâtés and rillettes, he’s got a wealth of knowledge when it comes to making delicious food for any occasion. Plus, his Aussie accent is super adorable.


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