YouTube recently named its YouTube Black Voices Creator Class of 2022 and two Zimbabweans were named in the list from the United Kingdom.
Cheryl Moyo (pictured, left) and Petronella Kunzwa are set to benefit from the fund which will see them working closely with YouTube over the coming year, and they will receive dedicated partner support, seed funding invested into the development of their channels and participation in an intensive development programme that will focus on training in production, community engagement and wellbeing, followed by ongoing workshops and networking programmes.
The fund was announced in 2020 and this is the second class of 135 beneficiaries across the globe.
Last year’s class of creators included musicians, beauty entrepreneurs, comedians, activists, poets, personal trainers, among many others.
These creators went on to hit subscriber milestones, lead meaningful discussions related to Black life and culture and pursue new businesses.
In part of their statement YouTube wrote: “We’re building on that momentum today, and are excited to introduce you to the 34 creator grantees of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2022 from the UK, that includes everything from creative entrepreneurs, music lovers, crafters and doctors and more.”
Cheryl Moyo is a 21-year-old recent Computer Science graduate.
She started her channel in 2019, documenting her experience as a transfer and international student in the UK.
Over the last two years, she has shared educational content, offering advice to students across the globe and encouraging them to pursue higher education, particularly in STEM subjects.
Cheryl wrote on her Instagram account: “I cannot believe this is REAL LIFE! I am so excited and beyond grateful to be part of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022! I am one of 135 creators across the globe that YouTube has chosen to support, uplift, and invest in over the next year … C Squad, I love you all so much, and I can’t wait to share this incredible journey with you #YouTubeBlackVoices.”
Petronella Kunzwa (Nellahgrace, her YouTube channel) is a newly qualified doctor and has been sharing her entire journey throughout medical school for the last six years on YouTube.
She studied abroad in Lithuania and wanted to show a different representation in the medical field as a black African female in the hope of inspiring other young black girls to pursue anything they want.
Petronella also took to Instagram to express her excitement. She wrote: “THANK YOU JESUS! for giving me purpose in this life.
I would literally not be anywhere near where I am today had I not yielded my life to his will because I truly believe he loves me and wills for my good.
Not because I get stuff/blessed because even if I had NOTHING, God is good and he has plans to prosper us not to harm us. In the end GOODNESS will prevail …
“Who would have thought ayy, starting my little @youtube Channel would end up being on a billboard in big big LONDON! With a stethoscope around my neck Mate what?! Umm okay thank you guys for riding with me for what feels like a whole lifetime.
It’s only UP from here @youtube THANK YOU! I love you …” — Greedy South.