The award goes to
MEDIA Tokoloshe of the year!
Last year marked our inaugural Tokoloshe of the year! (with an exclamation mark because all Daily Sun headlines have exclamation marks) and was won by the extraordinary addition to tabloid journalism of the “twerking tokoloshe”. This year’s tokoloshes in the Daily Sun have had to contest a great many questionable pastors and prophets, but held their own. Some of the most hilarious headlines were Farty Tokoloshe Won’t Leave Me Alone! (in which, every morning, a terrible tokoloshe knocks on Tebogo’s door, “farts, laughs and runs away”); Twin Tokoloshe Terror! (“Kabelo was going crazy ... twin tokoloshes were blowing horns in his ears and ruining his business”); and Yellowbone Tokoloshe In My Bath! (“Sharaz told Daily Sun a beautiful, well-shaped tokoloshe joins him every day for a splash in the bath”).
But what could possibly beat Singing Tokoloshe Terror!, in which eight tokoloshes singing maskandi songs insult and assault Skhumbuzo, a music lover? Eight, friends. Imagine that. We are grateful to the staff at Daily Sun – which, back in 2007, showed us an actual tokoloshe on the cover (pictured) – for bringing some cheer to an otherwise miserable year.
We also appreciate their diligence in exposing false tokoloshe purveyors. In the story Fake Tokoloshe For Sale!, the intrepid newspaper exposed Dr Akram, “a man who claims to be a traditional healer”, for trying to sell a tokoloshe using a photo of said tokoloshe which was, in fact, that of a tokoloshe from a British TV series called Mad Dogs. – Charl Blignaut
SOCIAL MEDIA Hashtag of the year
While politics dominated the headlines this election year, social media did its utmost to lighten things up. #PoorBaba – in which President Jacob Zuma was roasted – was a hit, coming in a narrow second this year. Every awkward moment, every photo with the Gupta family, it all got vented. But our award this year goes to
#IfDAWins, whereby social media speculated on the whiteness of future things – from shades of twang to TV shows – in the event of a DA victory in the elections. It reminded us of last year’s hilarious #AskMmusi. The DA leader’s Twitter Town Hall turned into a comedy festival as tweeters asked him questions that ranged from clarifying the meaning of the lyrics of Thembi Seete’s Nkaiketsang, to where he thought the guy who presses the load shedding button lived. – Gugulethu Mhlungu
Tweeter of the year
This has to be Donald Trump, and for all the wrong reasons. And, who can forget the “Donald Zuma” mashup that Daily Sun put on its cover? – Gugulethu Mhlungu
Yho moment of the year
Penny Sparrow’s blacks-on-thebeach rant. She set the tone for a wild year. – Gugulethu Mhlungu
WhatsApper of the year
Remember Margaret van Wyk? She was the poor mom from Schweizer-Reneke in North West who accidentally sent a picture of her genitalia – meant for her husband – to a WhatsApp group for the hockey moms at her daughter’s school. The picture landed up online and went viral, much to the shock and glee of many internet users. Margaret gets this award not only for weathering the storm, but also for keeping her marriage spicy. Well done to you, Margaret, and your moemfie! – Grethe Kemp