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15 January 2021



Templars advised YouTube on its US$100 million Black Voices Fund which rolled out this week. The fund, which is one of the YouTube’s global racial-justice initiatives is specifically aimed at supporting black content creators and artists in different countries around the world.

Further to an open and intense selection process, YouTube named 23 content creators from Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria as part of a larger selection of 132 recipients that will benefit from the multi-year funding. The recipient creators include (among others) musicians, comedians, beauty entrepreneurs, activists, teachers, personal trainers, poets and photographers who create original and engaging content on YouTube.

The beneficiaries will receive funding for content development on their channels as well as training, partner support and networking programs organised by YouTube.

The Templars team that advised on the transaction was led by Corporate & Commercial Partner Ijeoma Uju, supported by Senior Associate Oghomwen Akpaibor and Associates Okabonye Chukwuani and Victor Sameria.

The Templars METIS ( Media | Entertainment | Technology | Intellectual Property | Sports) team continues to provide best-in-class support to local and cross-border players in the media, entertainment and technology space.