The inaugural class of African content creators set to receive a grant from the #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund for the development of their YouTube channels have been announced.
In addition to the grant earmarked for content development, the YouTubers (from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa) will also take part in an intensive three-week incubator programme followed by bespoke training, workshops and networking programmes. These creators are part of 132 creators from across the world who are participating in the Class of 2021.
“We’re excited to spotlight Black creatives from the African continent and amplify their voices as they create original content on our platform,” says Alex Okosi, managing director of emerging markets at YouTube EMEA.
African creators on YouTube are reshaping the power of our platform by providing a unique perspective on all manner of topics from fashion and comedy to politics, learning and wellness. Through their content, these creators continue to raise the bar for how others engage with their audiences and build community on our platform,” Okosi concludes.
This announcement comes after the October 2020 call for African creators to apply for #YouTubeBlackVoices funding as part of YouTube’s global, multi-year commitment aimed at nurturing Black creators and artists on YouTube. Over the next few years, YouTube plans to invest directly in more than 500 creators and artists from across the world in order to fulfil this commitment.
Africa’s #YouTubeBlackVoices Creator Class of 2021:
|Akah Bants||Akah Bants||Nigeria|
|Dimma Umeh||Dimma Umeh||Nigeria|
|Eric Okafor||Eric Okafor||Nigeria|
|Nicolette Mashile||Financial Bunny||South Africa|
|Kaluhi Adagala||Kaluhi’s Kitchen||Kenya|
|Kay Ngonyama||Kay Yarms||South Africa|
|Lade Owolabi||Lade Owolabi||Nigeria|
|Lasizwe Dambuza||Lasizwe Dambuza||South Africa|
|Mitchelle Adagala||Mitchelle Agadala||Nigeria|
|Ofentse and Nelisiwe Mwase||Ofentse Mwase Films||South Africa|
|Owamie Hlongwane||Owamie Hlongwane||South Africa|
|Patricia Kihoro||Patricia Kihoro||Kenya|
|Thato Rampedi||Thato Rampedi||South Africa|
|Naledi Monamodi||Toast with Naledi||South Africa|
|Tomike Adeoye||Tomike Adeoye||Nigeria|
|Winnie Emmanuel||Zeelicious Foods||Nigeria|
|Sho Madjozi||Sho Madjozi||South Africa|
|Fireboy DML||Fireboy DML||Nigeria|
|Sauti Sol||Sauti Sol||Kenya|