YouTube has released the names of African creatives selected for the 2023 #YouTubeBlack Voice creators and artists cohort.
Nigerian hip-hop revelations, Asake and BNXN are included on the list which was released in a statement today. The fund initiative will support and expand the efforts of creators and the creative economy in Africa.
This is the third class of this initiative from YouTube and a follow-up to a global, multi-year commitment made in 2020 to promote Black creators, artists, songwriters, and producers on the platform.
Each selected participant will receive $20,000 and $50,000 as seed funding alongside six-month dedicated partner support to help them develop their career skills. Also, they will take part in bespoke and hands-on training, workshops and networking programmes.
Speaking about the African representation on the list, Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, said,
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.Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA
In the 2023 class, out of the 135 creators chosen for the #YouTubeBlack Voices initiative, 40 are from Sub-Saharan Africa. Also, out of the 23 musicians chosen globally for the #YouTubeBlack Voices program, 4 are from Africa, 2 of which are from Nigeria.
Finally, for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Songwriters and Producers, two African producers will join the 17 others chosen globally.
The 2023 Africans selected for the #YouTubeBlack Voices 2023 cohort
The African musicians selected for #YouTubeBlack Voices Artists Class of 2023 are:
|BNXN||“Kenkele” featuring Wande Coal||Nigeria|
|Kamo Mphela||Ghost||South Africa|
The two Africans joining the #YouTubeBlack Voices Songwriters and Producers 2023 cohort are
Below is Africa’s full list of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Creator Class of 2023
|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|
|Football Fans Tribe||Tokoni Iderima||Nigeria|
|Chantel Anyanwu||Kelechi Anyanwu||Nigeria|
|IFY’S KITCHEN||Ifeyinwa Mogekwu||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|
|RUTHLESS FOCUS||CALEB OREM||Kenya|
|African Real Estate||Martin Kihara||Kenya|
|Agatha Nkirote||Agatha Nkirote||Kenya|
|Kenyan Entrepreneur||Sebastian Ngida||Kenya|
|Diy with Jojo||Joanne Wanja||Kenya|
|Wongel Zelalem||Wongel Zelalem||Kenya|
|Kane’s Kitchen Affair||Juliet Kane||Kenya|
|Kate Kendy||Kate Kendy Wanjiku||Kenya|
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