The year Africa trended on Twitter

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Story highlights

  • In 2015 Africans used Twitter to celebrate their cultures, air their grievances or just share a good joke
  • The best hashtags include #IfAfricaWasABar, #147NotJustANumber and #MugabeFalls
  • 2016 off to a viral start with #TheYearWeMispronounceBack

London (CNN)IF you've ever been on the receiving end of trolling tweets, you'll know Twitter can be a cruel place. But the social network also provides a platform for disparate voices, helping to amplify them and create online communities. Africans on Twitter have long used 140 characters to celebrate their cultures, air their grievances or just share a good joke and it seems record numbers of people joined in.

From #IfAfricaWasABar to #MugabeFalls, here are the very African hashtags of 2015.

    February: #MugabeFalls

    Twitter got creative after a video of Zimbabwe's then 90-year-old president, Robert Mugabe, falling down stairs started making the rounds in early February.
    Although the president's security detail apparently attempted to suppress images of the incident by forcing photographers at the scene to delete it, pictures spread through the Twitter-sphere and the image was soon turned into memes and shared using the hashtag #MugabeFalls.
    In no time at all the nonagenarian was riding waves, in a Beyoncé music video, on Dancing with the Stars and running away from a hippo.