- 40 creators, 4 music artists, and 2 producers from Africa enrol in the Creator, Music and Songwriters/ Producer classes of 2023 and will receive $20,000 and $50,000 as seed funding, dedicated partner support for six months
YouTube announced the expansion of efforts to support creators and the creative economy in Africa through the 2023 #YouTubeBlack Voices creators and artist cohorts.
Now in its third year, the initiative from YouTube is a followup 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 #YouTubeBlack Voices Creators selected globally who are enrolled into the cohort.
Among the 23 #YouTubeBlack Voices Artists selected for the programme are African fast-rising musical artists, Gyakie from Ghana, Kamo Mphela from South Africa, Asake from Nigeria, and BNXN from Nigeria.
The cohort will also include Hip Hop producer MashBeatz from South Africa and Nairobi-based producer Ukweli, who will be joining 17 #YouTubeBlack Voices Songwriters and Producers globally.
As support from YouTube, grantees will receive $20,000 and $50,000 as seed funding, dedicated partner support for six months and have the opportunity to participate in programmes including bespoke training, workshops and networking programmes spread out across the year.
“We are excited about the creators, musical artists and producers from Africa joining others from across the world in the 2023 #YouTubeBlack 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 #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2023 will be required to set goals, develop 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 #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, and a chance to maximise the impact of their channels as they provide catalogue-development opportunities.
Below is Africa’s full list of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Creator Class of 2023.
Egbor Osereme (Stylebyreme), Oluwafemi Olaniyan (Femi Olaniyan), Latifat Kilani (Pot of Flavours), Korty EO (Korty eo), Dennis Akpan (Denixx Kreatives), Louis ihuefo (Louis ihuefo), Oluebube Belonwu (Bof games), Olatunbosun Gbenga (234drive), Tokoni Iderima (Football Fans Tribe), Kelechi Anyanwu (Chantel Anyanwu), Ifeyinwa Mogekwu (IFY’S KITCHEN), Segun Oladapo-Ogunsanya (Kagan), Izzi Boye (Izzi Boye), Maryam Apaokagi (TAAOOMA’s Cabin), Gina Ehikodi-Ojo (Foodies And Spice),
Perseverance Maremeni (Madam Speaker), Muzikayifani Sambo (Muzi Sambo), Reginald Mohlabi (Reggie Mohlabi), Solina Naidoo (Perima’s Kitchen), Matlala Mokgehle (Zillewizzy), Tsoanelo Moyo (Tsoanieskits), Thulile Dlamuka (Thuli Madlamuka), Banele Ndaba (Moghelingz), Seithati Letsipa (Seithati Letsipa), Clalissa Magunde (coffeenomilk), Oyisa Matebese (OhSmallstuff), Mzwandile and Siza Ndlovu (Mzwandile & Siza), Innocent and Millicent, Sadiki and Mashile (Centtwinz TV), Sinikiwe Kademaunga (Sinikiwe Kademaunga), Tumelo Moliko (Tumi Moliko)
CALEB OREM (RUTHLESS FOCUS), Martin Kihara (African Real Estate), Agatha Nkirote (Agatha Nkirote), Susan Muriithi (Suzyshomestead), Sebastian Ngida (Kenyan Entrepreneur), Joanne Wanja (Diy with Jojo), Wongel Zelalem (Wongel Zelalem), Juliet Kane (Kane’s Kitchen Affair), Olive Nkirote (ONR), Kate Kendy Wanjiku (Kate Kendy),