YouTube unveils $100m Grant for Nigerian artists, creators

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Video sharing service app YouTube, has announced that Nigerian artists and creators can apply for grants from its global $100 million Black Voices Fund.

Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, Alex Okosi, in a statement said that the global fund would over the next three years offer support to black artists and creators, and that it would “invest with the intention to present fresh narratives that emphasises the intellectual power, authenticity, dignity and joy of black voices, as well as to educate audiences about racial justice”

“YouTube Black Voices Fund is part of the work currently underway to ensure that YouTube is a place where Black artists, creators and users can share their stories and be protected,” he said.

 Okosi said the fund would this year focus its efforts on creators within the United States, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

“Our goal is to expand funding to more countries over the course of the next three years.” Additionally, we hope to provide a consistent drumbeat of educational training, workshops, and community events to Black creators and artists globally,” he added.

The $100m fund was first announced in June and has since been officially named the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund

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