The global phenomenon of BTS has reached every corner of the world, including the continent of Africa. Among the seven members of the group, one stands out as the most popular and beloved by African fans: Jeon Jung-Kook, better known as Jungkook.
Jeon Jungkook has been named the most popular Korean idol in Africa. The news was revealed by Mitateko Mapuyeka, a South African woman who manages ‘K-Africa Mag’, a magazine focused on promoting Korean culture in Africa.
According to Mapuyeka, Jungkook’s immense popularity in Africa is evident from the overwhelming response he has received from fans across the continent. His music, style, and personality have resonated with African fans, and they have been eagerly following his journey as a member of BTS.
“Africa’s ‘favorite’ Korean? At the moment, I can say Jeon Jung-kook.”
Jungkook, who is also nicknamed as the “Golden Maknae” for being the youngest and most versatile member of BTS, has captured the hearts of millions of fans across Africa with his powerful vocals, charismatic stage presence, charming personality and stunning visuals.
“This is because the emotion of “Dreamers” he sang at the opening ceremony of the Qatar World Cup in November last year still remains in the hearts of numerous Africans.”
According to various surveys and statistics, Jungkook is consistently ranked as one of the top K-pop artists in Africa. For example, he was ranked as the third most popular K-pop male soloist and the highest BTS member in the 2022 Global Hallyu Trends survey by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism . He was also ranked as the most popular Asian pop singer for the past four years by Famous Birthdays, a U.S. entertainment website that ranks celebrities based on their popularity . Moreover, he was ranked as the most popular BTS member in Southeast Asia, which includes countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam .
Jungkook’s popularity in Africa is also evident from his social media influence and fan activities. He has been the most searched K-pop idol YouTube for more than 5 years. He has also been the most retweeted person in Korea and has one of the most retweeted tweets in the world on Twitter . His solo songs like “Euphoria”, “My Time” and “Still With You” have also received immense love and support from African fans. Furthermore, his birthday projects and fan events have been organized by various fanbases and communities across Africa, such as banners, billboards, bus ads, donations and charity works .
One of the reasons why Jungkook is so popular in Africa is his relatability and authenticity. Despite being a global superstar, he remains humble and down-to-earth. He often expresses his gratitude and affection for his fans through his social media posts and live broadcasts. He also shares his hobbies and interests with his fans, such as drawing, photography, video editing, gaming and sports. He is not afraid to show his emotions and vulnerabilities, which makes him more human and approachable.
Another reason why Jungkook is so popular in Africa is his talent and passion. He is widely recognized as one of the best vocalists in K-pop, with a wide vocal range and a unique tone. He is also an amazing dancer, rapper and songwriter. He has participated in writing and producing some of BTS’s songs, such as “Magic Shop”, “Love Is Not Over” and “Your Eyes Tell”. He is always striving to improve himself and learn new skills. He has also shown interest in exploring different genres and styles of music.