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Ten Nigerians, Twelve South Africans and Four Kenyans Selected for #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund 2022

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YouTube Class Of 2022 Nigeria

Barely two years after announcing that Nigerian content creators can participate in the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund initiative, YouTube has released names of the second batch of Nigerians and other African creators selected for the #YouTubeBlack Creator Class of 2022.

Ten Nigerian YouTube content creators were selected while a total of 26 content creators were selected across three African nations. Twelve South African content creators made the list, the largest from the three African nations. The remaining four were selected from Kenya.

#YouTubeBlack Voices Fund is a $100 million fund instituted in June 2020 to offer financial support for black artists and creators across the world when the COVID-19 pandemic plunged business profits and disrupted global commerce.

Investors King had reported that YouTube initially launched the initiative in the United States and a few other countries before extending it to Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya in October of 2020.

The 26 Africans selected will now receive seed funding alongside support to help them grow their channels, including improving their offerings, revenue generation and others. They are also expected to participate in bespoke and hands-on training, workshops and networking programmes.

How to be Selected for the Next #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Initiative

One obvious criteria is originality. Create content that makes a difference in your community by enlightening and educating people on societal challenges and how the masses can navigate them like Fisayo Fosudo, who uses his channel to educate people on technological know-how and how to earn a legitimate living via various fintech platforms in Nigeria.

Others like South African, Nozibele Qamngana use her channel to openly discuss HIV/AIDs issues and create awareness in South Africa and Africa as a whole. She has won awards doing so. Basically, creators need to start creating content that makes a difference.

Please note that you do not need a large following/subscribers or a certain niche to be selected. Data Pepple has less than 10,000 subscribers and Adaeze’s Space is about motherhood, womanhood, and lifestyle. Just be original regardless of what you do.

Applications are currently closed for #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund. However, to apply when applications are opened click here.

Here are the names and URLs of Africa’s content creators selected for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Creator Class of 2022 below.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL CREATOR  COUNTRY
Angel Lately Wendy Angel Nangayo Kenya
cheymuv Cheyenne Chelimo Umulinga Muvunyi Kenya
Mandi Sarro Mandi Sarro Kenya
Shared Moments with Justus Justus Nandwa Kenya
Adaeze’s Space Adaeze Jideonwo Nigeria
Chinyere Abang Chinyere Nneka Abang Nigeria
Data Pepple Data Willie-Pepple Nigeria
Fisayo Fosudo Oluwafisayo Fosudo Nigeria
fummeee Ikede Adebisi Oluwafunmilayo Nigeria
Hn clothings Chima Chikodinaka Perpetua Nigeria
Skybelle Nwamaka Joy Izugbara Nigeria
Steven Ndukwu NDUKWU STEPHEN ANTHONY Nigeria
TNC Africa Olawale Adetula Nigeria
Ummeeta Rabiu Halima Yusuf Rabiu Nigeria
Critics Company The critics company South Africa
DEFINING Bongani South Africa
Dennis Ngango
Nomathamsanqa Plaatjie
Manjra Aarif Muhammad Manjra South Africa
Michelle Expert Mitchell Lima South Africa
Mlungisi Nkosi Mlungisi Nkosi South Africa
Mpoomy Ledwaba Nompumelelo South Africa
Nico Nomyayi Nico Nomyayi South Africa
Nozibele Qamngana Nozibele Qamngana South Africa
The Ndlovu’s Uncut Hungani Malcolm Ndlovu South Africa
The Tshegofatso Tshegofatso Isaac South Africa
Uncomfortable Growth Abigail Gugulethu Nyatsumba South Africa
Xukununu_Bold Xukununu Ntsetselelo South Africa

Commenting on the selection, Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, said “We are excited to be working with an outstanding group of young and talented African creators who understand that content that resonates with their audience is both entertaining and thought-provoking”.

He added that “This group of creators is making content that starts important conversations about issues we face in society, which really resonate with their audience. We are inspired by them and hope that the skills they learn from being part of this programme will help them touch more lives than they’d ever imagined”.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Businessinsider, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Google Leads $250 Million Funding Round for Glance

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Google is leading a $250 million funding round for Glance, a mobile content provider.

This infusion of capital aims to expand Glance’s reach and solidify its market position amidst growing competition.

Glance, a subsidiary of InMobi Group, offers a unique service that delivers news, entertainment, and other content directly to users’ mobile screens without unlocking their devices.

With a user base exceeding 300 million across India, the US, Japan, and Indonesia, the startup has gained significant traction since its inception in 2019.

The funding round, expected to close in the coming weeks, marks a continued partnership between Google and Glance.

Google initially invested in the company in 2020, and this latest round will further enhance Glance’s capabilities to innovate and reach new audiences.

This investment reflects Google’s strategic interest in India, the world’s most populous nation, where it competes with tech giants like Microsoft, Meta, and Amazon.

With India’s rapidly growing middle class and increasing smartphone adoption, the market presents vast opportunities for digital expansion.

The support from Google comes on the heels of a previous $200 million investment by Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s wealthiest individual, which valued Glance at over $1 billion.

The startup’s largest stakeholder, InMobi, continues to thrive as a pioneer in mobile advertising, with Glance benefiting from its expertise and resources.

As Glance prepares for this new phase of growth, it stands poised to redefine how content is consumed on mobile devices worldwide.

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Former Konga CEO Nick Imudia Dies by Suicide in Lagos Home

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The Nigerian business community was rocked by tragedy as Nick Imudia, former CEO of e-commerce giant Konga and current CEO of solar energy solutions innovator D.light, died by suicide in his Lekki apartment.

Imudia’s death, confirmed on the night of Tuesday, June 25, has left friends, family, and colleagues in a state of shock and sorrow.

According to sources, Imudia reportedly took his own life by jumping from the balcony of his home. In the moments leading up to the tragic incident, he made a series of distressing phone calls.

He reached out to his brother in the United States, giving detailed instructions on how to distribute his wealth should anything happen to him.

Imudia also spoke to his young daughter from a previous relationship, offering her comforting words and telling her to look to the sky to see him.

Imudia’s sudden death has raised many questions among those who knew him. Described by colleagues as a visionary leader, Imudia was instrumental in the growth of Konga, one of Nigeria’s largest e-commerce platforms.

After his tenure at Konga, he continued to make significant contributions to the tech industry as the CEO of D.light, a company known for its innovative residential solar energy solutions.

Imudia hailed from Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State and had a young daughter from a previous marriage that ended due to irreconcilable differences.

Despite the end of his marriage, those close to him said he maintained a strong bond with his daughter, often expressing his deep affection for her.

The reasons behind Imudia’s decision to end his life remain unclear. As news of his death spread, messages of condolence and tributes poured in from friends, family, and business associates.

Many have expressed their profound sadness and confusion as Imudia was widely seen as a successful and driven individual.

“Nick was a brilliant mind and a compassionate leader,” said a former colleague. “His death is a huge loss to the tech community in Nigeria and beyond. We are all struggling to understand why this happened.”

Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding Imudia’s death. Meanwhile, his family has asked for privacy as they navigate this difficult time.

Nick Imudia’s death is a stark reminder of the unseen struggles many face, even those who appear successful and accomplished.

His passing has sparked conversations about mental health awareness, urging individuals to seek help and support when needed.

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Gokada CEO’s Former Assistant Found Guilty of Gruesome Murder and Embezzlement

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Tyrese Haspil, the former executive assistant of Fahim Saleh, CEO of Gokada, has been found guilty of first-degree murder and multiple counts of embezzlement.

The verdict, delivered by a Manhattan jury on Monday, marks the end of a harrowing legal saga that unfolded over accusations of financial betrayal and a brutal homicide.

Prosecutors detailed how Haspil, 25, meticulously planned and executed the murder of his boss in July 2020 to cover up a complex embezzlement scheme.

Haspil, entrusted with managing Saleh’s financial affairs, reportedly siphoned approximately $400,000 from the tech entrepreneur’s accounts over several months using fraudulent transactions and hidden accounts.

The trial revealed that tensions escalated when Saleh discovered the embezzlement and confronted Haspil earlier in 2020.

Instead of facing the consequences, Haspil opted to silence Saleh permanently, fearing exposure and legal repercussions.

On July 13, 2020, Haspil followed Saleh into his Lower East Side condominium, where he incapacitated him with a taser and fatally stabbed him multiple times.

Following the heinous act, Haspil returned the next day to dismember Saleh’s body in an attempt to conceal the crime.

However, he abandoned the cleanup midway upon discovering police presence outside Saleh’s apartment.

Saleh’s cousin, checking on him after being unable to reach him, made the gruesome discovery of the dismembered body.

Throughout the trial, the prosecution painted a chilling portrait of Haspil’s calculated actions, describing how he methodically planned the murder to prevent Saleh from reporting him to authorities.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg emphasized the tragedy of Saleh’s untimely death, highlighting his entrepreneurial success and contributions to the tech industry.

“I hope the accountability delivered by today’s verdict can provide a measure of comfort to Mr. Saleh’s loved ones as they continue to mourn his loss,” Bragg stated in a post-verdict statement.

Haspil, represented by Sam Roberts of The Legal Aid Society, faces a sentencing hearing scheduled for September.

The case has drawn widespread attention for its grisly details and the betrayal of trust between a CEO and his assistant, underscoring the vulnerabilities within corporate settings and the drastic consequences of financial malfeasance.

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