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1 billion likes in 2021



Despite common sentiment that Instagram is not fulfilling to make use of as a result of it “simply isn’t the identical” anymore, the app appears to nonetheless be a success for a lot of.

And although Meta noticed it match to get rid of the general public like counts, one website has managed to find out the most well-liked accounts of the yr based on the variety of likes they amassed on their posts over the past 12 months. 

Bestnine is a website that lets you ”instantly” discover common Instagram posts every year and this yr, they compiled an inventory of Instagram customers who had a superb yr on the app based mostly on the likes they managed to garner.  

“Since Bestnine grew to become first public in 2015, there have been about 100 million #bestnine photos created as of December 2021,” defined the positioning, which allowss any person with a publicly viewable Instagram account to create their very own collage of their hottest photos of the yr. 

Here are the highest six Instagram customers of 2021 based on the variety of likes their posts received this yr. 

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo finest 9 Instagram posts of 2021 | Picture: Supplied

The common footballer has 192,983,574 (over 192 million) followers and he managed to get 1,507,682,453 (over 1.5 billion) likes on 280 posts in 2021. 

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2. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s finest 9 Instagram posts of 2021 | Picture: Supplied

With 164,649,574 (over 164 million) followers ‘@therock’ received 1,183,269,391 (over 1.1 billion) likes on 679 posts in 2021.

3. Leo Messi

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Leo Messi’s finest 9 Instagram posts of 2021 | Picture: Supplied

Professional Argentinian footballer Messi – as he’s popularly recognized – has 138,567,278 (over 138 million) followers. His account ‘@leomessi’ received 696,165,772 (over 696 million) likes on 158 posts this previous yr. 

4. neymarjr

Neymar’s finest 9 instragram posts of 2021 | Picture: Supplied

Instagram appears to be a footballers’ playground as the subsequent entry on the record of high posters this yr is one other footballer who has 129,931,052 followers. This yr, @neymarjr’s account obtained 504,253,762 (over 504 million) likes on 256 posts. 

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5. Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift’s finest 9 Instagram posts of 2021 | Picture: Supplied

Singer Taylor Swift is one in all solely two musicians on Best Nine’s high 6 record with 124,039,379 followers. Her account obtained 256,989,379 likes in 160 posts. 

6. Justin Bieber

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Justin Beiber’s finest 9 Instagram posts of 2021 | Picture: Supplied

Justin Beiber is the second musician to crack Best Nine’s record with 122,854,194 followers and 809,126,824 likes in 429 posts in 2021.

How to see your “finest 9” moments on Instagram

The finish of every yr on social media is marked by a theme of reflection and one of many methods in which individuals love to do that is by taking inventory of their “finest 9” moments on Instagram.

Some years in the past, the #BestNine or #TopNine hashtags grew to become common after numerous web sites sprung up that includes software program that might tally up all of your posts for the yr and put your finest 9 Instagram photos right into a collage based on which of them had been hottest. This was based mostly on what number of likes every picture received. 

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This could not essentially be attainable in 2021 nevertheless. 

According to the Top Nine website, which payments itself because the creator of the development, “this yr, Instagram received’t permit permission to request the likes of the customers utilizing the Simple API, so neither we nor some other app will be capable to ‘automagically’ generate the Top Nine collage based mostly on our algorithm.”

As such, the website now includes a link to numerous apps that you should utilize to create your personal #BestNine grid based on what you suppose your finest moments had been this yr. For individuals who update their pages commonly, this is perhaps a tall job. 

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“As creators of the development, we love seeing it develop yearly. This yr, our app (and plenty of different inventive video apps) supply templates that might be used to share the Top Nine moments of the yr utilizing #TopNine. The essential distinction is that you simply’ll have to decide on the posts your self,” defined Top Nine. 

The website additional defined that thousands and thousands of posts have already been shared on varied platforms utilizing the #TopNine hashtag and additionally it is gaining momentum on TikTok. 

“If you wish to get some visibility on the hashtag, we advocate posting yours anytime between December twenty sixth and December thirtieth,” suggested Top Nine. 

They supply the choice to create your high 9 by downloading their “Top Nine for Instagram 2021” app by Beta Labs, which is at present solely obtainable on the Apple app retailer. 

At the time of writing, we had tried to get a collage on the Best Nine website, as this feature is the best, and after an hour, the collage nonetheless was not prepared. 

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‘She got that ring with her own money’



Actor turned musician, Naak MusiQ (actual identify Anga Makubalo), has declared news of his engagement to very long time girlfriend Robyn Mentor “pretend news.”

Naak MusiQ tweeted this in response to a “report” by social media blogger Musa Khawula who assumed that they had been engaged primarily based on a current video shared by Robyn.

“I got my ring again” she wrote on a video exhibiting her sporting a halo ring, just like this Micheal Kors design on her left hand.

According to ZAlebs, Naak MusiQ additionally tweeted and deleted a proof that learn as follows:

“Stop this, she didn’t reveal sh*t. Neither did she make any announcement, neither is it any of your business, to be sincere.”

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“She got that ring with her own money. Where she places it’s her alternative. Stay in your lane. WTF!”

He appears to have deleted the tweets after it prompted some confusion amongst Twitter customers who thought that he was denying the existence of their relationship and never simply the misunderstanding that he and Robyn had been engaged.

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Robyn is a vitamin specialist, a well being and sweetness influencer, and a health fanatic like Naak MusiQ.

The first official post publicly documenting their relationship was posted on Robyn’s account in November 2020, though they’re rumoured to have been relationship for for much longer. Naak MusiQ has no photographs of himself and Robyn on his profile.

Even although Naak has not acted shortly, he’s greatest identified for his roles within the fashionable South African TV exhibits like Generations, Z’bondiwe and Isidingo.

Naak MusiQ additionally lately made headlines for agreeing to get into the boxing ring with rapper Cassper Nyovest after the latter’s struggle with vlogger Slik Talk.

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‘Grootman’ Somizi’s first Cape Town holiday with his ‘grandbaby’



Actor, media persona and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo won’t look a day older than 35, however the former Idols Judge not too long ago grew to become a ‘Grootman’ to the cutest little woman.

Somizi’s daughter Bahumi Madisakwane not too long ago took to Instagram to share the sweetest video clip of her father rocking and kissing his new “grandbaby”.

The 4-month-old child woman, Shona Twala is the daughter of household pals of Somizi and Bahumi, who has been the proper doting aunt, even beginning an Instagram account for her cute little ‘niece’.

Somizi, who has been vacationing within the Western Cape with family and friends, has his followers inexperienced with envy each time he shares snaps of his luxurious Cape Town holiday on Instagram.

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While the principle exercise on the 49-year-old’s holiday agenda appears to have been sipping Champagne, lapping up the solar, and serving appears, he additionally had his flip babysitting his new “grandbaby”.

He is unquestionably the best granddad anybody can ask for, judging by the dance movies he has been sharing.

For a ‘Grootman’ Somizi’s hips are very unfastened and his strikes are envied by 18-year-olds all over the place, however as a choreographer we should always know that dancing is a giant a part of his life.

His followers and followers have been additionally actually glad to see him so joyful and having such a good time. 2021 was a troublesome 12 months for the media persona, after he was fired from his job at each Idols and Kaya 959 following abuse allegations in opposition to him by his ex Mohale Motaung.

2022 appears to be a a lot brighter 12 months for him as manufacturing for his actuality present Living the Dream with Somizi might be resuming.

The collection, which kicked off in 2018, has been confirmed for a fourth season.

The actuality present will observe the flamboyant entertainer round as he juggles life, and whereas he has been very quiet about the main points across the filming of this new season, we are able to’t assist however surprise if the video clips of him racing up a Cape Town road in numerous colored Ferrari’s may truly be a sneak preview of what we are able to count on to see on this new actuality present.

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Celebs who went to the Western Cape this festive season — The Citizen



There is a notion that “everybody” flocks to the Western Cape throughout the festive season and December 2021 was no totally different, particularly for our native celebs.

In addition to seeing social media posts from folks you understand personally residing it up the coastal province, your timeline was in all probability stuffed with footage and movies of most of your favorite celebrities having fun with their break day in the Western Cape.

Take a take a look at a few of the well-known faces who had been residing it up in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Minnie Dlamini

The actress and TV presenter lately returned to the Western Cape, this time for a ladies journey along with her pals Azola Mona, Thandile Mbana and Unathi Nkayi.

She additionally shut down Instagram in some bikini footage displaying off her wonderful physique and trim, toned midsection.

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Minnie Dlamini in Cape Town | Picture: Instagram

One of the many celebs in the province at the identical time was disgraced radio host Unathi Nkayi. She and Minnie even bumped into worldwide celebrity Jidena.


Somizi in the Western Cape on vacation | Picture: Instagram by Bentley Photography

After dropping some jobs in the wake of the public breakdown of his marriage, Somizi appears to have chosen “optimistic vibes solely”.

He has been on what looks as if one lengthy trip which culminated in a visit to Cape Town.

Not solely has he been frolicking poolside however he additionally sparked rumours of a brand new romance.


Another younger girl who shut down the web is influencer Mihlali Ndamase who is in the Western Cape for a lady’s journey along with her bestie Tebby Leburu.

Although she has been posting content material often, it’s her bikini pics that obtained tongues wagging and sparked rumours of their very own when social media customers speculated that she had beauty surgical procedure to look the means she does.

“These folks hit the fitness center for [a] couple of days, make noise about it then go for surgical procedures than come again with new our bodies mxm. There’s no means that Mihlali misplaced weight this quick,” tweeted @CarlosNubian.

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Mihlali wasted no time in clapping again in opposition to the allegations.

“If solely you knew [how] terrified I’m to go beneath the knife, therefore why I opted to eating regimen until I attain my physique targets, however go off mami,” started the influencer.

“Also let’s say I went in for surgical procedure, why’s it your business?” she added.

“I labored very arduous to get this physique, I want y’all wouldn’t be bizarre about that,” concluded Mihlali.

Lerato Kganyago

Metro FM host, membership DJ and entrepreneur Lerato Kganyago additionally made her means to Cape Town after Christmas to ring in the new yr along with her celeb pals.

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Lerato Kganyago in Cape Town | Picture: Instagram

Sarah Langa

Influencer Sarah Langa was additionally in the Western Cape, alongside the likes of Amanda DuPont, Nqobile Khwezi, Faith Nketsi and Londie London to identify a couple of.

In truth, most of the aforementioned celebs had been current for well-liked Soweto hangout spot Konka’s personal journey to Cape Town with its pop-up type venue.

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Amanda Dupont, Sarah Langa, Nqobile Khwezi on a yacht off the coast of the Western Cape | Picture: Instagram

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