YouTube has declared that artists and creators from Nigeria can apply for grants from its global $100 million Black Voices Fund.
Alex Okosi, Managing Director of Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, mentioned in a statement that the global fund will support black artists and creators over the next three years.
He explained that Black Voices Fund would invest with the desire to present fresh narratives that underline the intellectual power, authenticity, dignity and joy of black voices, and to educate audiences about racial justice.
The $100m fund was first unveiled in June and was officially named the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund.
He explained that this year, the fund will be focusing its efforts on creators within the US, 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.
“The #YouTubeBlack 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 outlined.
According to Mr Okosi, along with their pledge to amplify marginalised voices through content, they are also investing in product and policy changes that will continue to promote YouTube’s mission; the mission of giving everyone a voice and showing them the world.
Mr Okosi added that YouTube believes it is only by taking a stand against those who would try to bully, harass, silence and intimidate others that it really moves closer to achieving this mission.
He said that YouTube’s new efforts included scaling up enforcement and closing more accounts that frequently post hateful comments.
Interested artists and creators could now apply for funding.