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Miss Mandi Among 4 Kenyan YouTube Creators Selected to join second year of YouTube BlackVoices Fund

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YouTube has revealed the names of African creators who have been selected to join a global cohort of 135 creators from around the world, in its flagship #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund initiative.

Four Kenyans are among the content creators who will benefit from the fund.

They include Miss Mandi Saro, Justus Nandwa of Shared Moments with Justus, Wendy Angel Nangayo of Angel Lately and Cheyenne Chelimo.

The fund focuses on investing in Black creators from around the world who are telling fresh and authentic stories.

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While the group of creators from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa comes from varied professional, social and academic backgrounds, one common thread connects them all and that is the desire to make a difference in their communities and Africa through relatable and insightful content.

As part of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022, each of the 26 African YouTubers selected will receive seed funding alongside dedicated support to help them develop their channels.

They will also take part in bespoke and hands-on training, workshops and networking programmes.

YouTube’s Alex Okosi has described the the creators as a group that starts important conversations.

“We are excited to be working 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” says Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA.

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“This group of creators is making content that starts important conversations about issues we face in society, which really resonate with their audience. We are inspired by them and hope that the skills they learn from being part of this programme will help them touch more lives than they’d ever imagined,” he adds.

This is the second class of African creators in the #YouTubeBlackVoicesFund which is now established as a multi-year commitment aimed at nurturing Black creators and artists on YouTube. In 2021, the program welcomed 133 grantees from Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and United States in its inaugural year, with plans to invest directly in over 500 innovators and artists globally to fulfil its objective.

Below is Africa’s full list of the #YouTubeBlackVoices Creator Class of 2022 (in alphabetical order per country)

YOUTUBE CHANNEL
CREATOR
COUNTRY

Angel Lately
Wendy Angel Nangayo
Kenya

cheymuv
Cheyenne Chelimo Umulinga Muvunyi
Kenya

Mandi Sarro
Mandi Sarro
Kenya

Shared Moments with Justus
Justus Nandwa
Kenya

Adaeze’s Space
Adaeze Jideonwo
Nigeria

Chinyere Abang
Chinyere Nneka Abang
Nigeria

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Data Pepple
Data Willie-Pepple
Nigeria

Fisayo Fosudo
Oluwafisayo Fosudo
Nigeria

fummeee
Ikede Adebisi Oluwafunmilayo
Nigeria

Hn clothings
Chima Chikodinaka Perpetua
Nigeria

Skybelle
Nwamaka Joy Izugbara
Nigeria

Steven Ndukwu
NDUKWU STEPHEN ANTHONY
Nigeria

TNC Africa
Olawale Adetula
Nigeria

Ummeeta Rabiu
Halima Yusuf Rabiu
Nigeria

Critics Company
The critics company
South Africa

DEFINING
Bongani
South Africa

Dennis Ngango
South Africa

Nomathamsanqa Plaatjie
South Africa

Manjra
Aarif Muhammad Manjra
South Africa

Michelle Expert
Mitchell Lima
South Africa

Mlungisi Nkosi
Mlungisi Nkosi
South Africa

Mpoomy Ledwaba
Nompumelelo
South Africa

Nico Nomyayi
Nico Nomyayi
South Africa

Nozibele Qamngana
Nozibele Qamngana
South Africa

The Ndlovu’s Uncut
Hungani Malcolm Ndlovu
South Africa

The Tshegofatso
Tshegofatso Isaac
South Africa

Uncomfortable Growth
Abigail Gugulethu Nyatsumba
South Africa

By Claret Adhiambo

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