YouTube Announces Inaugural #YouTubeBlackVoices Creator Grantees from Africa

YouTube has launched its inaugural class of African content material creators set to obtain a grant for the event of their channels from the worldwide #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund. 

Along with the grant earmarked for content material improvement, the 23 YouTubers (from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa) can even participate in an intensive three-week incubator programme adopted by bespoke coaching, workshops, and networking programmes. These creators are a part of 132 creators from the world over who’re taking part within the Class of 2021.

YouTube additionally introduced that prime African artistes; Fireboy DML, Sauti Sol, and Sho Madjozi have been chosen as a part of 23 artists to affix the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021. The artists be a part of others chosen from the US, Brazil, and Australia, whose music spans generations, and areas. The Artist Class of 2021 will obtain devoted accomplice help from YouTube, seed funding invested into the event of their channels, and take part in coaching and networking packages centered on manufacturing, fan engagement, and wellbeing. 

“We’re excited to highlight Black creatives from the African continent and amplify their voices as they create unique content material on our platform,” says Alex Okosi, MD, Rising Markets, YouTube EMEA. 

“African creators on YouTube are reshaping the ability of our platform by offering a novel perspective on all method of subjects from trend and comedy to politics, studying and wellness. By means of their content material, these creators proceed to lift the bar for a way others have interaction with their audiences and construct group on our platform,” Okosi concludes. 

This announcement comes after the October 2020 name for African creators to use for #YouTubeBlackVoices funding as a part of YouTube’s world, multi-year dedication geared toward nurturing Black creators and artists on YouTube. Over the following few years, YouTube plans to take a position instantly in additional than 500 creators and artists from the world over with a view to fulfil this dedication. 

Under is Africa’s full checklist of the #YouTubeBlackVoices Creator Class of 2021.

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