YouTube has announced the names of African YouTubers who have been selected to join a global cohort of 135 from around the world as part of its flagship #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund initiative.
The fund focuses on investing in black creators from around the world who tell fresh and authentic stories.
While the group of creators from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa come from diverse professional, social and academic backgrounds, one common thread unites them all: a desire to make a difference in their communities and in Africa through relatable and insightful content.
Kenyan creator Justus Nandwa, who hosts the popular online series Shared Moments with Justus, puts a human face on the issues faced by ordinary African men and women by telling inspiring and life-changing stories and encouraging his audience to be their best to make of life.
Fisayo Fosudo from Nigeria, who has a background in business and communications, uses his channel under his own name to analyze trends and developments in the technology field and to show his viewers how to benefit from these trends.
Self-published South African author, HIV/AIDS education advocate and award-winning social entrepreneur, Nozibele Qamngana is on a mission to use her channel under her own name to demystify and engage in open conversations about living with HIV.
As part of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022, each of the 26 selected African YouTubers will receive seed funding and targeted support to help them develop their channels. You will also participate in tailored and hands-on training, workshops and networking programs.
Alex Okosi, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, sagte:
“We are excited to be collaborating with an outstanding group of young and talented African creators who understand that content that resonates with their audience is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
“This group of creators create content that sparks important conversations about issues we face in society that really resonate with their audiences. We are inspired by them and hope the skills they learn by participating in this program will help them touch more lives than they ever imagined.”