Asake, BNXN make list of Africans selected for the 2023 #YouTubeBlack Voices fund


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.

Read Also: Meet the 26 African creators selected for the 2nd #YouTubeBlack voices fund

The 2023 Africans selected for the #YouTubeBlack Voices 2023 cohort

Meet the Africans selected for the 2023 #YouTubeBlack voices fund cohort
Meet the Africans selected for the 2023 #YouTubeBlack voices fund cohort

The African musicians selected for #YouTubeBlack Voices Artists Class of 2023 are:

BNXN“Kenkele” featuring Wande CoalNigeria
Kamo MphelaGhostSouth Africa

The two Africans joining the #YouTubeBlack Voices Songwriters and Producers 2023 cohort are

MashBeatzSouth Africa

Below is Africa’s full list of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Creator Class of 2023

StylebyremeEgbor OseremeNigeria
Femi OlaniyanOluwafemi OlaniyanNigeria
Pot of FlavoursLatifat KilaniNigeria
Korty eoKorty EONigeria
Denixx KreativesDennis AkpanNigeria
Louis ihuefoLouis IhuefoNigeria
Bof gamesOluebube BelonwuNigeria
234driveOlatunbosun GbengaNigeria
Football Fans TribeTokoni IderimaNigeria
Chantel AnyanwuKelechi AnyanwuNigeria
IFY’S KITCHENIfeyinwa MogekwuNigeria
KaganSegun Oladapo-OgunsanyaNigeria
Izzi BoyeIzzi BoyeNigeria
TAAOOMA’s CabinMaryam ApaokagiNigeria
Foodies And SpiceGina Ehikodi-OjoNigeria
Madam SpeakerPerseverance MaremeniSouth Africa
Muzi SamboMuzikayifani SamboSouth Africa
Reggie MohlabiReginald MohlabiSouth Africa
Perima’s KitchenSolina NaidooSouth Africa
ZillewizzyMatlala MokgehleSouth Africa
TsoanieskitsTsoanelo MoyoSouth Africa
Thuli MadlamukaThulile DlamukaSouth Africa
MoghelingzBanele NdabaSouth Africa
Seithati LetsipaSeithati LetsipaSouth Africa
coffeenomilkClalissa MagundeSouth Africa
OhSmallstuffOyisa MatebeseSouth Africa
Mzwandile & SizaMzwandile and Siza NdlovuSouth Africa
Centtwinz TVInnocent and Millicent, Sadiki and MashileSouth Africa
Sinikiwe KademaungaSinikiwe KademaungaSouth Africa
Tumi MolikoTumelo MolikoSouth Africa
African Real EstateMartin KiharaKenya
Agatha NkiroteAgatha NkiroteKenya
SuzyshomesteadSusan MuriithiKenya
Kenyan EntrepreneurSebastian NgidaKenya
Diy with JojoJoanne WanjaKenya
Wongel ZelalemWongel ZelalemKenya
Kane’s Kitchen AffairJuliet KaneKenya
ONROlive NkiroteKenya
Kate KendyKate Kendy WanjikuKenya

Read Also: How to apply for YouTube’s $100m Black Voices Fund, Class of 2023


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