When people weren't tweeting about South Africa's political issues, health issues, state issues, or sport, they were tweeting about soapies.
Twitter on Wednesday shared a few insights into the country’s relationship with the social network, including the most popular hashtags, tweets, and conversation topics.
Let’s start with something upbeat: entertainment.
The country’s most talked about show was on Mzanzi Magic. #TheQueenMzanzi “is a South African telenovela created and produced by Ferguson Films about a dedicated wife, mother and successful businesswoman who is forced to do the unthinkable when her husband’s secret comes to light,” notes
And yeah, South Africa loves it.
The show beat #DateMyFamily and #OurPerfectWedding to the top spot. Not even #BlackPanther
could touch it.
Broadcasting issues topped the biggest news stories of the year too. The struggles at #SABCNews received the most chatter, while #LandExpropriation
, the #RoyalWedding and the more recent #GlobalCitizen
concert rounded out the top five.
#WinnieMandela was the most talked about political figure of 2018, while the #EFF was the most hashtagged party. The #Sona2018, delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa
, was the most talked about political moment in South Africa in 2018.
Finally, because South Africa loves sport, the #WorldCup
was the most talked about sporting event of the year, and the most shared hashtag in the country in 2018.