On Tuesday Youtube announced that it would give grants to 23 Youtubers from Africa for the development of their Youtube Channels.
Nigerian Singer and Songwriter, Fireboy DML and 9 other Nigerian Creators were among the 23 selected Africa Youtube Creators.
The grants are from the global #YouTubeBlackVoices fund, an official associated with the fund said.
The Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, Alex Okosi, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos State.
According to him, 23 creators made up YouTube’s inaugural class of Africa content creators and part of the 132 creators, across the globe, participating in YouTube’s class of 2021.
He said that in addition to the grant earmarked for content development, the 23 YouTubers, from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, would also take part in an intensive three-week incubator programme, to be followed by bespoke training, workshops and networking programmes.
Top African artistes; Fireboy DML, Sauti Sol and Sho Madjozi were part of the selected 23 artists to join the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021.
‘’The (African) artists will join others selected from the United States, Brazil, and Australia, whose music spans generations, and locations.
‘’The Artist Class of 2021 will receive dedicated partner support from YouTube, seed funding invested into the development of their channels, and participate in training and networking programs focused on production, fan engagement, and wellbeing.
“We’re excited to spotlight Black creators from the African continent and amplify their voices as they create original content on our platform,” Okosi said.
He noted that African creators on YouTube were already reshaping the power of the platform by providing a unique perspective on all kinds of topics, ranging from fashion and comedy to politics, learning and wellness.
Okosi said through the content, the creators continued to raise the bar for how others engage with their audiences and build community on the YouTube platform.
In October 2020, YouTube asked African creators to apply for #YouTubeBlackVoices funding as part of YouTube’s global, multi-year commitment aimed at nurturing Black creators and artists on YouTube.
Over the next few years, YouTube plans to invest directly in more than 500 creators and artists from across the world in order to fulfil this commitment.
The other beneficiaries from Nigeria apart from Fireboy DML are Akah Bants, Dimma Umeh, Eric Okafor, Lade Owolabi, Dodos, Oscar Frank, Tomike Adeoye, Winnie Emmanuel, and Mitchelle Adagala.
Nicollette Mashile, Kay Ngonyama, Lasizwe, MacG, Owamie Hlongwane, Sho Madjozi, Thato Rampedi, Naledi Monamodi, Ofentse and Nelisiwe Mwase, are beneficiaries from South Africa.
Kaluhi Adagala, Mumo, Patricia Kihoro and Sauti Sol were selected from Kenya..
Flying private Jets Yet Your Church Is Off Standard” – Timaya Drags Nigerian Pastors
Veteran singer, Inetimi Timaya Odon has called out Nigerian pastors who own luxury private jets with poor church structures.
This is coming after a popular man of God, Apostle Suleman bragged of owning 3 private jets worth billions of naira.
According to the ‘dem mama’ singer, something does not seem right if pastors could afford billions of naira worth of jets but cannot spend on the structure of their churches.
”How can u have jets as a pastor and ur church is looking off standard. Something is not right. Who’s lying?,” Timaya wrote.
Music Producer, Don Jazzy Shows Off New House (Photos)
Mavins Records CEO, Michael Collins Ajereh, professionally known as Don Jazzy has flaunted his newly acquired house.
The 39-year-old record producer who recently signed a female singer took to social media to share a sneak peek of the exterior view of his new crib.
Taking to Instagram to share photos, Don Jazzy wrote;
“Added this new crib to the portfolio . Shhhhh my new neighbors are sleeping.”
NBC Bans Ric Hassani’s ‘Thunder Fire You’, Fines Radio Stations That Plays It
Nigerian rising musician, Ric Hassani has revealed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has placed a ban on his single ‘Thunder Fire You’.
Ric Hassani took to his Twitter page on the 26th of February 2021 to express his displeasure at the ban placed on his latest single ‘Thunder Fire You’ by NBC, while also notifying fans that radio stations are being fined if they play it.
So, the NBC has banned my song ‘Thunder Fire You’ and are fining radio stations that play it. Interesting.— Ric Hassani (@RicHassani) February 26, 2021
‘Thunder Fire You’ was released on February 12 but some of its lyrics contain ‘Thunder Fire You’, a phrase which can be deemed unfit for society by the NBC.
Ka3na Bags New Endorsement Deal Amid Tattoo Saga
Embattled reality star, Ka3na Jones has bagged a sweet deal with an aphrodisiac brand despite facing backlash on tattoo saga.
This is coming after the entrepreneur rebuked a fan who tattooed her name on her arm.
Despite the series of backlash trailing Ka3na, she has taken to social media to announce her new endorsement deal with Betty Secrets.
Sharing the announcement, she wrote;
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Davido Reacts As Twitter User, Daniel Regha Warns Him To Stop Showing Off His Wealth
Nigerian singer, Davido has reacted after Twitter user, Daniel Regha advised him to stop showing off and inspire people with his way of life.
“No disrespect Davido but normalise being in the public eye w!th¤ut flaunt!ng; A lot of people especially the youth tend to !ndulge in all crimina! acts out of desperati¤n cos of they try to emulate celebrity lifestyles. Live an exemplary life, st¤p the sh¤w¤ffs. No shades…”
“Celebrities are major pillars of society cos they’re influential people; Millions of people across the globe emulate, respect & idolize them. This is why it’s very important celebs educate & inspire people with their way of life, legacy etc. A celeb is an advocate for the people.”
Checkout Davido’s response below;
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