Nigerian Artistes, Creators Can Apply for $100m YouTube Grant
By Adedapo Adesanya
Top leading video streaming platform, YouTube, has announced that artistes and creators from Nigeria can apply for the $100 million Black Voices Fund.
This was announced today by Mr Alex Okosi, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, in a statement, adding that the global fund would over the next three years offer support to Black artistes and creators.
He said the fund would enable beneficiaries to thrive on YouTube.
The managing director said that Black Voices Fund would invest with the intention to present fresh narratives that emphasise the intellectual power, authenticity, dignity and joy of Black voices, as well as to educate audiences about racial justice.
He said that the $100 million fund was first announced in June and was officially named the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund.
According to him, 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.
He said, “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 said.
According to Mr Okosi, “along with our commitment to amplifying marginalised voices on the content side, we are also investing in product and policy changes that will continue to advance YouTube’s mission.
The YouTube chief said that the platform believes that it is only by taking a stand against those who would try to bully, harass, silence and intimidate others that it truly moves closer to achieving this mission.
He said that YouTube’s new efforts included ramping up enforcement and terminating more accounts that repeatedly post hateful comments.
He added that the platform was also in the process of rolling out product changes to make creator moderation tools are more streamlined.
Mr Okosi said that interested artistes and creators can apply for funding here.
Are you missing out by choosing the wrong entertainment options online?
Entertainment options online refer to any form of media or content that is designed to provide enjoyment, amusement, or relaxation through digital platforms. This includes video streaming services, online gaming platforms, social media, music streaming services, podcasts, and more. With the rise of the internet and the proliferation of digital media, there are now countless entertainment options available online.
Entertainment is an essential aspect of our lives. It allows us to relax, unwind, and escape from the stresses of our daily routines. It can also serve as a means of socializing and connecting with others who share our interests. Whether we enjoy watching movies, playing video games, listening to music, or browsing social media, entertainment plays a vital role in our well-being.
Despite the benefits of online entertainment, there is also a downside. With so many options available, it can be easy to fall into the trap of choosing the wrong entertainment options. These may include content that is overly negative, violent, or simply not aligned with our interests or values. Choosing the wrong entertainment options online can be a waste of time, energy, and money. It can also have a negative impact on our mental health and well-being.
The drawbacks of choosing the wrong entertainment options online
One of the primary drawbacks of choosing the wrong entertainment options online is that it can be a waste of time. With so many options available, it can be tempting to spend hours scrolling through social media or binge-watching TV shows. However, this can lead to a lack of productivity and a feeling of dissatisfaction with how we spent our time.
Choosing the wrong entertainment options online can also have a negative impact on our mental health. For example, consuming negative or violent content can increase feelings of anxiety or depression. It can also lead to a lack of motivation or a sense of disconnection from the world around us. Furthermore, constantly comparing ourselves to others on social media can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
Finally, choosing the wrong entertainment options online can lead to missed opportunities for learning and growth. For example, if we only consume content that is purely for entertainment purposes, we may miss out on opportunities to learn new skills or gain knowledge. Similarly, if we only engage with content that confirms our existing beliefs or opinions, we may miss out on the chance to broaden our perspectives and challenge our assumptions.
Overall, choosing the wrong entertainment options online can have significant drawbacks, ranging from a waste of time and a negative impact on mental health to missed opportunities for learning and growth.
The benefits of choosing the right entertainment options online
Choosing the right entertainment options online can have a positive impact on our mental health. For example, engaging in activities that promote relaxation, such as listening to music or practicing mindfulness, can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Similarly, consuming content that inspires or uplifts us, such as motivational speeches or feel-good movies, can boost our mood and increase our sense of well-being. Additionally, some online entertainment options, such as these sites of online casinos, can offer a sense of excitement and thrill that can be a source of enjoyment for many people.
Choosing the right entertainment options online can also provide opportunities for learning and growth. For example, reading articles or watching documentaries on topics that interest us can expand our knowledge and help us develop new skills. Similarly, engaging with content that challenges our assumptions or exposes us to new perspectives can broaden our horizons and increase our understanding of the world around us. Online casinos, for instance, can offer a chance to develop strategic thinking and decision-making skills, as well as an understanding of probability and risk management.
Overall, choosing the right entertainment options online can have significant benefits, including a positive impact on mental health and opportunities for learning and growth. By engaging with online entertainment options that align with our interests and values, we can enrich our lives and enhance our overall well-being.
How to choose the right entertainment options online
The first step in choosing the right entertainment options online is to define your interests and preferences. Consider the types of content that you enjoy, such as specific genres of music or movies, particular gaming styles, or certain social media platforms. This will help you narrow down your options and find content that aligns with your personal tastes.
Once you have a better understanding of your interests and preferences, the next step is to research and read reviews. Look for websites or online communities that offer recommendations or reviews of different entertainment options. This can include user reviews on streaming services, forums dedicated to specific hobbies or interests, or blogs that provide insights on different types of online entertainment. Reading reviews can help you get a sense of the quality of the content and whether it aligns with your interests and values.
Another way to find the right entertainment options online is to use recommendation algorithms. Many streaming services, music platforms, and social media sites use algorithms to suggest content based on your viewing or listening history. By using these algorithms, you can discover new content that you may not have otherwise come across. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that algorithms are not perfect, and they may recommend content that does not align with your interests or values.
Overall, choosing the right entertainment options online requires a combination of defining your interests and preferences, researching and reading reviews, and using recommendation algorithms. By taking the time to explore different options and find content that aligns with your personal tastes, you can enhance your overall entertainment experience and enrich your life.
In conclusion, choosing the right entertainment options online is important for a variety of reasons. It can have a positive impact on our mental health, provide opportunities for learning and growth, and help us make better use of our time. On the other hand, choosing the wrong entertainment options online can be a waste of time, have a negative impact on our mental health, and lead to missed opportunities for learning and growth.
Ultimately, entertainment plays a vital role in our lives, and the internet provides a wealth of options for us to choose from. By taking the time to define our interests and preferences, researching and reading reviews, and using recommendation algorithms, we can find the right entertainment options online and enhance our overall well-being. As we continue to navigate the digital landscape, it’s important to be mindful of the impact that entertainment has on our lives and to make conscious choices about the content that we consume.
Anxiety as The Voice Africa Hits Airwaves March 26
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
On Sunday, March 26, 2023, The Voice Africa will air on free-to-air TV stations across 14 countries in Africa, where the main sponsor of the show, Airtel Africa, operates.
This would excite fun-seekers on the continent as they would be glued to their television screens for 25 weeks.
A statement from the firm said one show would be aired per week, with the first episodes being blind auditions based solely on the talents’ voices and not looks.
It was stated that The Voice Africa would follow the format of the global show, starting out with blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts, playoffs and concluding with the live shows.
The Voice Africa is expected to attract both a pan-African and global audience, featuring a high-profile panel of coaches and TV hosts who will witness one of the 100 selected talents eventually crowned The Voice Africa.
About 78,804 registrations were received from Nigeria, Kenya, Seychelles, Tchad, Uganda, Congo, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon, Madagascar, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, 12,308 talents were selected for auditions, and a total of 100, seven per country, in addition to two wild cards, were chosen to proceed to the live shows in Lagos, Nigeria.
“We are thrilled to finally bring Africa’s exceptional musical talents to the world through the continent’s version of the global award-winning show, The Voice.
“The Voice Africa will display African musical talent, delivering excitement and entertainment to millions across the world, whilst showcasing amazing voices, performances, and intrigues.
“It is an opportunity to celebrate and contribute to Africa’s music scene through real-life stories of resilience, persistence, struggle, and success that some of you can relate to and will undoubtedly impact your lives,” the Group Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Africa, Mr Anthony Shiner, stated.
In 2021, Airtel Africa announced a groundbreaking $57 million investment in education in partnership with UNICEF that aims to provide and increase access to digital education for the betterment of Africa’s children’s futures.
Other initiatives Airtel Africa has been involved in over the years include the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs), the Zain Africa Challenge, which brought university students together in a quiz contest, and the Airtel Rising Stars, a football tournament for Under-15 boys and girls.
These are initiatives of the company to showcase the youthful talent on the continent.
Airtel Africa partnered with FAME Studios Africa to broadcast The Voice Africa on the continent.
Davido Picks Classic Songs for Spotify Timeless Afro Playlist
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
To celebrate the release of his fourth studio album, Nigerian music star, David Adeleke, otherwise known as Davido, has been given the opportunity to choose some Afrobeats songs he considers timeless.
After a long hiatus, OBO, as the singer is also fondly called, announced to his fans on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, that he would release his fourth solo full-length album titled Timeless.
To prepare fans for the album’s arrival, Davido has curated a playlist of Afrobeats tracks. This contains some of the defining songs of the Afrobeats era, including hits by his peers, Wizkid, Tekno and Mr Eazi.
The playlist also includes some of the most familiar classics from Afrobeats’ golden era, with songs by Sunny Neji, 2baba and Naeto C, as well as foundational tracks that have inspired multiple generations of Afrobeats acts, including Fela Kuti’s Zombie.
Speaking about the playlist, Spotify’s Head of Music for Africa, Ms Phiona Okumu, said, “Davido represents the audacity, consistency and huge reach of Afrobeats, and we’re glad to herald his new body of work by joining him in highlighting some of the most enduring contributions by Afrobeats acts to our musical canon over the years.”
Recall that the last time Davido made a public appearance was at the finals of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar in December, where he performed.
In his social media post yesterday, he disclosed that the album, which follows 2020’s A Better Time, is scheduled to hit digital stores on March 31.
Davido is one of the global faces of African music. Over the course of a decade and some, he has gone from the Afropop wunderkind who announced himself with Dami Duro and Back When to a global icon. With three studio albums under his belt, the singer boasts hits like Aye, If and Fall.
Next to a list of solo hits and guest verses that could outlast any jam session, Davido is also one of the most prolific cross-continental ambassadors and crossover artists in Afrobeats. His list of collaborators includes artists like Sauti Sol, Focalistic and Kidi, as well as North American stars like Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby, Young Thug and Nas.
The album announcement makes good on Davido’s promise to ‘see his fans in March’, and there’s a feeling that it’ll be well worth the wait.
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