Diamond Platnumz is first sub-Saharan artiste to get one billion YouTube views

Avatar Mildred Europa Taylor | Editor June 17, 2020

Diamond Platnumz

Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz has made history by becoming the first artiste in sub-Saharan Africa to hit more than one billion views on his YouTube channel.

Nine years after starting his YouTube account, Diamond, who has more than 3.6 million subscribers, celebrated his feat by holding a small party at his home.

“This was not an easy thing to achieve. Billion! Thanks to the fans. Congratulations to the boss on achieving that,” a congratulatory message from his WCB record label read.

The award-winning musician is far behind some North African stars and African artistes like Malian-born singer Aya Nakamura who have huge followings. In sub-Saharan Africa, however, the pop star’s main competitors in terms of numbers on YouTube are Afrobeats stars:

P Square – 810 million
Davido – 618 million
Flavour – 617 million
Tekno – 574 million
Burna Boy – 507 million
StarBoy TV (AKA Wizkid) – 480 million

Mdundo has compiled the top five videos that pushed Diamond to one billion views on YouTube: