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Black Africa Creator Week Celebration

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Africa Creator Week

We're working with Africa's finest creators.

YouTube Black Africa Creator Week is a virtual gathering of communities celebrating all of Africa's creators and storytellers which ran this week, from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th November.  The aim of this week was to educate and inspire African creators through knowledge building sessions from YouTube experts, inspiring them via Top Creators' trajectories, as well as external speakers from the creative industry. 

We've been working with our friends at Innovision to cut some of the incredible content from Africa's most brilliant black creatives for a live-stream celebration of African creators and creativity. Hosted by Akah Nnani, the event will feature creators across Africa sharing their stories, including music performances by Fireboy, Niniola, Reekado Banks, Sauti Sol, Sho Madjozi, and extraordinary dance performances by Dream Catchers Academy, Ikorodu Bois, Triplets Ghetto Kids edited by Crows Nest's very own Carney James Turner.  There'll be Creator Awards with beauty and lifestyle vlogger Dodos Uvieghara, tech YouTuber Eric Okafor and make-up vlogger Kay Ngonyama aka Kay Yarms.

Ikorodu Bois went viral with their homemade film, racking up 11.4 million views and more than 160,000 shares on Twitter a re-make of the Netflix film Extraction.  But it wasn’t only social media users left impressed by the trio, formed of brothers Muiz Sanni, 15, and Malik Sanni, 10, as well as their cousin, 13-year-old Fawas Aina.  Netflix has sent a group of Nigerian teenagers filming equipment - a delivery of high-tech cameras, Boom microphones, tripods, voice recorders and even an Apple iMac computer, worth thousands of pounds.

Dream Catchers Academy for Girls (The Happy Kids) is a free academy which uses dance, drama, music, visual arts, and leadership skills to empower orphaned, disadvantaged and impoverished girls.  The've received recognition from Rihanna and BBC, and their super fans include Naomi Campbell and Niniola (and Carney and Fleur).  Whether it’s dancing shaku shaku, or coming up with their own choreography, these ladies are definitely putting a smile on our faces.

The Ghetto Kids (or Triplets Ghetto Kids) is a dance group founded in 2014 by Daouda Kavuma and composed of children from the Katwe slum in Kampala (Uganda).  In 2014, Alex, Fred, Bachir, Patricia and Isaac filmed themselves while dancing to Eddy Kenzo's Sytia Loss music.  A friend of Kenzo's showed him the video and he was blown away.  Alex sadly passed away in 2015, but The Ghetto Kids kept going and were featured in French Montana’s music video for ‘Unforgettable.’ They went on to land a performance at the BET Awards in 2017, a move that escalated their reputation in the industry.  

Masterclasses throughout the week included The Fundamentals of YouTube, Understanding ‘The Algorithm' with Channel Optimization Tips, Assessing Channel Performance & Engaging an Community, Production on a Budget & How to Go Live on YouTube, Understanding Monetization Policies on YouTube, An Introduction: Copyright for Creators.  There'll be Informationals including Product Demo: Creator Studio & Mobile Tools, Multi-Channel Networks (MCN) 101, Trends on YouTube and Inspirationals with a Creator Panel and Talks.

Set yourself a reminder.

Creators can register for the YouTube Black Africa Creators Week programme here