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11 Kenyan Creatives To Benefit From YouTube Black Voices Fund

11 Kenyan Creatives To Benefit From YouTube Black Voices Fund
YouTube Black Voices program is a global multi-year commitment made by YouTube to uplift and grow black creators, artists, songwriters, and producers on the platform

YouTube has enhanced the expansion of its efforts to support creators and the creative economy in Africa through the 2023 “YouTube Black Voices” program.

Now in its third year, the initiative from YouTube is a follow-up to a global, multi-year commitment made in 2020 to uplift and grow Black creators, artists, songwriters, and producers on the platform.

Forty creators from Sub-Saharan Africa will be part of the 135 Black Voices creators selected globally who are enrolled. Of the 135, 23 creators are among Africa’s fast-rising musical artists including Gyakie from Ghana, Kamo Mphela from South Africa, Asake from Nigeria, and BNXN from Nigeria.

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The cohort will also include Hip Hop producer MashBeatz from South Africa and Nairobi-based producer Ukweli, who will be joining 17 “YouTube Black Voices” Songwriters and Producers globally.

With support from YouTube, grantees will receive $20,000 and $50,000 as seed funding, and dedicated partner support for six months and can participate in programs including training, workshops, and networking programs spread out across the year.

“We are excited about the creators, musical artists and producers from Africa joining others worldwide in the 2023 YouTube Black Voices Fund. The initiative is dedicated to equipping up-and-coming black creators and artists with the resources to succeed on our platform,” says Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA.

The artists, songwriters, and producers joining the YouTube Black Voices Music Class of 2023 will be required to set goals, develop a content strategy, and engage with their fans on YouTube, with the assistance of a YouTube partner manager.

There will be networking opportunities with other artists, songwriters, and producers included in the YouTube Black Voices Fund, and a chance to maximize the impact of their channels as they provide catalog-development opportunities.

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“We are seriously interested in the growth of the creative community in Africa. For the creators, artists, songwriters and producers joining this third cohort, we will go beyond the initial training to measure our success with them over a long-term period, thereby ensuring that they achieve sustained success,” Okosi adds.

Over the next few years, YouTube will be directly investing in more than 500 creators and artists worldwide to support, grow, and fund their channels and content development through the YouTube Black Voices Fund.

Below is Africa’s full list of the YouTube Black Voices Class of 2023 (in alphabetical order per country).

RUTHLESS FOCUS CALEB OREM Kenya
African Real Estate Martin Kihara Kenya
Agatha Nkirote Agatha Nkirote Kenya
Suzyshomestead Susan Muriithi Kenya
Kenyan Entrepreneur Sebastian Ngida Kenya
Diy with Jojo Joanne Wanja Kenya
Wongel Zelalem Wongel Zelalem Kenya
Kane’s Kitchen Affair Juliet Kane Kenya
ONR Olive Nkirote Kenya
Kate Kendy Kate Kendy Wanjiku Kenya
Stylebyreme Egbor Osereme Nigeria
Femi Olaniyan Oluwafemi Olaniyan Nigeria
Pot of Flavours Latifat Kilani Nigeria
Korty eo Korty EO Nigeria
Denixx Kreatives Dennis Akpan Nigeria
Louis ihuefo Louis Ihuefo Nigeria
Bof games Oluebube Belonwu Nigeria
234drive Olatunbosun Gbenga Nigeria
Football Fans Tribe Tokoni Iderima Nigeria
Chantel Anyanwu Kelechi Anyanwu Nigeria
IFY’S KITCHEN Ifeyinwa Mogekwu Nigeria
Kagan Segun Oladapo-Ogunsanya Nigeria
Izzi Boye Izzi Boye Nigeria
TAAOOMA’s Cabin Maryam Apaokagi Nigeria
Foodies And Spice Gina Ehikodi-Ojo Nigeria
Madam Speaker Perseverance Maremeni South Africa
Muzi Sambo Muzikayifani Sambo South Africa
Reggie Mohlabi Reginald Mohlabi South Africa
Perima’s Kitchen Solina Naidoo South Africa
Zillewizzy Matlala Mokgehle South Africa
Tsoanieskits Tsoanelo Moyo South Africa
Thuli Madlamuka Thulile Dlamuka South Africa
Moghelingz Banele Ndaba South Africa
Seithati Letsipa Seithati Letsipa South Africa
coffeenomilk Clalissa Magunde South Africa
OhSmallstuff Oyisa Matebese South Africa
Mzwandile & Siza Mzwandile and Siza Ndlovu South Africa
Centtwinz TV Innocent and Millicent, Sadiki and Mashile South Africa
Sinikiwe Kademaunga Sinikiwe Kademaunga South Africa
Tumi Moliko Tumelo Moliko South Africa
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