- Joanne Wanja , Caleb Orem and Wongel Zelalem
10 Kenyan YouTubers and producer Brendern Denousse, popularly known as Ukweli, have been selected to join the 2023 latest cohort of YouTubeBlack Voices.
In a press statement dated Tuesday, November 15, YouTube, the eleven are part of 40 content creators and two producers who will be trained on how to improve their channels.
They will also receive funding to the tune of Ksh8.5 million and mentorship on how to grow their audience on the platform.YouTube logo displayed on a laptop screen
"As support from YouTube, grantees will receive $20,000 (Ksh2.44 million) and $50,000 (Ksh6.1 million)as seed funding, dedicated partner support for six months.
"They will also have the opportunity to participate in programmes including bespoke training, workshops and networking programmes spread out across the year," the statement read in part.
YouTube Emerging Markets East Africa Managing Director Alex Okosi explained that the initiative is meant to equip up-and-coming Black creators and artists with the resources to succeed on our platform.
“For the creators, artists, songwriters and producers that will be joining this third cohort, we will go beyond the initial training to measure our success with them over a long-term period, thereby ensuring that they achieve sustained success,” Okosi stated.
Below is the full list of the YouTubers and their channels:
Caleb Orem - Ruthless Focus
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
The 11 will be joined by 15 Nigerians and 15 South Africans including artistes Gyakie from Ghana, Kamo Mphela from South Africa, Asake and BNXN from Nigeria and producer MashBeatz from South Africa.
YouTube will be directly investing in more than 500 creators and artists from across the world to support, grow, and fund their channels and content development through the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund.A lobby branded with the YouTube logo.Glassdoor.com
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