#YouTubeBlack Voices Shortlist 46 African Creators for 2023 Cohorts

#YouTubeBlack Voices Shortlist 46 African Creators for 2023 Cohorts

#YouTubeBlack Voices creators and artist cohorts, an initiative of YouTube, has today announced the selection of 46 African creators for its 2023 cohorts program in a drive to support and expand the efforts of creators and the creative economy in Africa.

Now in its third year, #YouTubeBlack Voice Cohorts is a follow-up to a global, multi-year commitment made in 2020 to promote Black creators, artists, songwriters, and producers on the platform.

Also, with support from YouTube, grantees will receive $20,000 and $50,000 as seed funding, dedicated partner support for six months, and have the opportunity to participate in programs including bespoke training, and workshops, as well as networking programs, spread out across the year.

Furthermore, in the 2023 class, 40 African creators will be part of the 135 #YouTubeBlack Voices Creators selected globally who are enrolled in the cohort.

Interestingly, among the 23 #YouTubeBlack Voices Artists selected for the program are African fast-rising musical artists, Gyakie from Ghana, Kamo Mphela from South Africa, Asake from Nigeria, and BNXN from Nigeria.

Also, the cohort will include Hip Hop producer MashBeatz from South Africa and Nairobi-based producer Ukweli, who will be joining 17 #YouTubeBlack Voices Songwriters and Producers globally.

What YouTube MD Emerging Markets is saying

Commenting on the program, 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.”

However, as part of requirements for the program, the artists, songwriters, and producers joining the #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2023 will be required to set goals, develop a content strategy, and engage with their fans on YouTube, with the assistance of a YouTube partner manager.

Also, there will be networking opportunities with other artists, songwriters, and producers included in the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, and a chance to maximize the impact of their channels as they provide catalog-development opportunities.

Okosi further added “We are seriously interested in the growth of the creative community in Africa. 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.”

In addition, over the next few years, 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.

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

African Creators in the #YouTubeBlack Voices Creator Class of 2023


Egbor Osereme (Stylebyreme), Oluwafemi Olaniyan (Femi Olaniyan), Latifat Kilani (Pot of Flavours), Korty EO (Korty eo), Dennis Akpan (Denixx Kreatives), Louis ihuefo (Louis ihuefo), Oluebube Belonwu (Bof games), Olatunbosun Gbenga (234drive), Tokoni Iderima (Football Fans Tribe), Kelechi Anyanwu (Chantel Anyanwu), Ifeyinwa Mogekwu (IFY’S KITCHEN), Segun Oladapo-Ogunsanya (Kagan), Izzi Boye (Izzi Boye), Maryam Apaokagi (TAAOOMA’s Cabin), Gina Ehikodi-Ojo (Foodies And Spice),

South Africa

Perseverance Maremeni (Madam Speaker), Muzikayifani Sambo (Muzi Sambo), Reginald Mohlabi (Reggie Mohlabi), Solina Naidoo (Perima’s Kitchen), Matlala Mokgehle (Zillewizzy), Tsoanelo Moyo (Tsoanieskits), Thulile Dlamuka (Thuli Madlamuka), Banele Ndaba (Moghelingz), Seithati Letsipa (Seithati Letsipa), Clalissa Magunde (coffeenomilk), Oyisa Matebese (OhSmallstuff), Mzwandile and Siza Ndlovu (Mzwandile & Siza), Innocent and Millicent, Sadiki and Mashile (Centtwinz TV), Sinikiwe Kademaunga (Sinikiwe Kademaunga), Tumelo Moliko (Tumi Moliko)


CALEB OREM (RUTHLESS FOCUS), Martin Kihara (African Real Estate), 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)