YouTube has listed Fireboy, a Nigerian singer, and Sauti Sol, a Kenyan band, among the content creators to receive grants for the development of their channels from its black voices fund.

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For its black voices creator class of 2021, the video-sharing platform included 21 other African creators set to join its three-week incubator programme to be followed by training, workshops, and networking programmes.

These creators are part of 132 personalities from across the world who are participating in the class of 2021.

They’re to join others selected from the US, Brazil, and Australia, whose music span generations and locations.

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The class is to receive partner support from YouTube and funding invested in the development of their channels while participating in training and networking programs focused on production, fan engagement, and wellbeing.

On the initiative, Alex Okosi, YouTube EMEA’s MD for emerging markets, said: “We’re excited to spotlight Black creatives from the African continent and amplify their voices as they create original content on our platform.”

“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.

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“Through their content, these creators continue to raise the bar for how others engage with their audiences and build community on our platform.

See the full list below:

Name

YouTube Channel

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Country

Akah Bants

Akah Bants

Nigeria

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Dimma Umeh

Dimma Umeh

Nigeria

Eric Okafor

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Eric Okafor

Nigeria

Fireboy DML

Fireboy DML

Nigeria

Nicolette Mashile

Financial Bunny

South Africa

Kaluhi Adagala

Kaluhi’s Kitchen

Kenya

Kay Ngonyama

Kay Yarms

South Africa

Lade Owolabi

Lade Owolabi

Nigeria

Dodos Uvieghara

Iamdodos90

Nigeria

Lasizwe Dambuza

Lasizwe Dambuza

South Africa

MacG

MacG

South Africa

Mitchelle Adagala

Mitchelle Agadala

Nigeria

Mumo

Mumo

Kenya

Ofentse and Nelisiwe Mwase

Ofentse Mwase Films

South Africa

Oscar Frank

Oscarmini

Nigeria

Owamie Hlongwane

Owamie Hlongwane

South Africa

Patricia Kihoro

Patricia Kihoro

Kenya

Sauti Sol

Sauti Sol

Kenya

Sho Madjozi

Sho Madjozi

South Africa

Thato Rampedi

Thato Rampedi

South Africa

Naledi Monamodi

Toast with Naledi

South Africa

Tomike Adeoye

Tomike Adeoye

Nigeria

Winnie Emmanuel

Zeelicious Foods

Nigeria

The list comes after the October 2020 call for African creators to apply for YouTube black voices funding as part of the streaming platform’s global effort at “nurturing black creators and artists”.



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