YouTube hosts first virtual YouTube Black Africa Creators Week

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YouTube is this week (Monday 23 to Friday 27 November) holding its first virtual YouTube Black Africa Creators Week, a week dedicated to engaging, educating and inspiring African creators to grow on the platform. 

YouTube hosts first virtual YouTube Black Africa Creators Week
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Highlights of the 1-week program include expert-led masterclasses covering topics like assessing channel performance and engaging a community, and understanding YouTube’s monetisation policies, among others.

YouTube hosts first virtual YouTube Black Africa Creators Week
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The programme also includes a creator spotlight talk with Mark Angel, Africa’s most subscribed endemic creator, YouTube training courses, and peer-driven open conversations aimed at improving creator collaboration and knowledge sharing. 

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YouTube will also celebrate creators through the presentation of Play Button awards to Dodos UviegharaEric Okafor, and Kay Ngonyama whose channels have crossed the 100,000 subscriber milestone.

YouTube hosts first virtual YouTube Black Africa Creators Week
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This region-wide virtual initiative, says Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, demonstrates YouTube’s commitment to creators and artists in the region.

“Over the years we have built and nurtured strong relationships with Africa’s storytellers, and provided them with a platform to share their stories with the world,” says Okosi. “Top African creators and channels like Mark Angel Comedy, DJ Arch Jnr, Churchill Show and many others have grown from a handful of followers to having millions of fans globally.

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 “We remain committed to amplifying Black voices and providing a platform where Black African creators can thrive,” Okosi says. 

Creators can register for the YouTube Black Africa Creators Week programme here: http://goo.gle/youtubeblackafricacreatorweek

YouTube Black Africa Creators Week will conclude with a 2-hour livestream closing event to celebrate African creativity. The event will feature music performances by Fireboy, Niniola, Reekado Banks, Sauti Sol, Sho Madjozi, and dance showcases from Dream Catchers, Ikorodu Bois, Triplet Ghetto Kids. It will be hosted by YouTube creator, Akah Nnani. The livestream event will be held on Friday, November 27 at 5pm GMT and can be viewed here: https://goo.gle/africacreatorweeklivestream

Launched in May 2005, YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing billions of people to discover, watch and share video. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.

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