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YouTube Music Launches New scholarship Opportunities to Help Black Artists Thrive

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YouTube Music is deepening investments in Black communities by opening applications to the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022, aimed at enabling Black artists to commercialise their work.

Grant applications for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022 will open on 21 June 2021.

Eligibility has been expanded to include songwriters and producers, allowing Black artists residing in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Canada and the UK, in addition to the U.S., Brazil and Australia, to apply.

YouTube Music is also launching a new partnership with renowned music education institution, 1500 Sound Academy, founded by GRAMMY-award winning songwriters and producers, James Fauntleroy and Larrance “Rance” Dopson.

Through the inaugural #YouTubeBlack Music Future Insiders Scholarship, YouTube will fund ten full ride scholarships to the Academy’s Live Online 1500 Music & Industry Fundamentals programme.

Alex Okosi, YouTube’s EMEA managing director for emerging markets, said, “The YouTube Music team is excited to expand the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund and create new opportunities while also reflecting on the progress made to date.

“The six-month scholarship term will see recipients undertake courses in music production, engineering, songwriting, mixing, music business and much more,” he added.

Through the inaugural Class of 2021, the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund provided resources including dedicated one-on-one support, seed funding, training and networking programs enabling the 21 grantees achieve incredible growth, not only on YouTube, but in their careers. Some of these achievements include:

From January 2021 through April 2021, the class collectively received 1.4B views on their official artist channels

Six artists saw over 50% growth in official artist channel subscribers (Joy Oladokun, Miiesha, BRS Kash, Jensen McRae, serpentwithfeet, and Yung Baby Tate)

Four artists saw 200% growth on their official artist channel views (serpentwithfeet, Jensen McRae, Yung Baby Tate, and Joy Oladokun)

As part of YouTube Music’s Africa Month celebration, Sho Madjozi, Sauti Sol, and Fireboy DML, hosted exclusive live stream virtual concerts on each of their Official Artist Channels

Rexx Life Raj, Joy Oladokun, and Tkay Maidza performed at YouTube’s annual Brandcast event

Mariah The Scientist performed an exclusive live set for YouTube Music Nights from Center Stage in Atlanta, in support of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)

Future Insiders aims to equip at-risk and underserved youth, who aspire to enter the music and creative industries, with skills on content development. Following the program’s early success, Future Insiders will be expanded globally with more details to be shared later this year.

Moreover, to celebrate Black culture, YouTube Music has activated #YouTubeMusic Moments – a collection of content series, live streams, and events whose primary goal is to celebrate Black culture, identity, and experiences from the perspective of Black artists and thought leaders in music.

YouTube remains committed to being an advocate and ally to the diverse communities that call the platform home and will continue to expand its efforts to support other marginalised and underrepresented communities.


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NIPOST Partners NDLEA to Tackle Use of Courier Firms to Move Drugs, Weapons

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Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has offered to partner with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to expose individuals and organisations using the logistics service providers to illicitly move drugs and weapons in the country.

NIPOST Partners NDLEA to Tackle Use of Courier Firms to Move Drugs, Weapons

This offer was made by Mr Ismail Adewusi, post master general (PMG), when he paid a courtesy visit to Brig. Gen Muhammad Marwa, chairman of NDLEA, in Abuja.

Ismail said the visit was a chance for NIPOST to strengthen its interagency relationships with NDLEA as they had discovered that the courier service is central to curbing drug traffickers in the country.

He said there are people who use the NIPOST facility to move illegal substances from one place to another across the country.

During the visit, Ismail noted that NIPOST was playing a supporting role to NDLEA in ensuring that the country was rid of drug trafficking and insecurity.

Addressing the problem of illegal couriers and unregistered logistics operators, the PMG said NIPOST is ready to provide the agency with a comprehensive list of legally registered operators to make the effort of curbing illegal drug peddlers successful.

“We have discovered that recently, you got into how people are using that platform to move illegal substances and we’re very happy that you have discovered that, as it is.

“But we believe that there’s even a better way that we can collaborate along those lines because every operator in that sector is licensed by us.

“We have a list of registered valid operators and we’re ready to give you that list so that when your men are out there working they can confirm if any of them are operating legally or illegally. Because that way it will complement what we were trying to do,” he said.

On his part, Marwa lauded NIPOST for extending a cooperating hand it helping rid Nigeria of illicit drug traffickers, emphasising that, “The drug scourge in Nigeria is unacceptable, not only has it affected our youths but has also spurred insecurity such as banditry, kidnapping and so on.”

He noted that NIPOST is a worthy partner in curbing the influx of drugs into the country, appealing for the need to collaborate for information sharing between agencies to nipped illegal drug use across the country.

He called for an anonymous free postal service as part of NIPOST’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS).

In response,  Ismail said NIPOST has established the National Addressing System to solve the menace of fake addresses, names.

He revealed that NIPOST is using technology to drive an address verification system, indicating the NIPOST plans to integrate the solutions to all security outfits in Nigeria.

“We are also working with National Population Commission to marry every name to an address and house across the country,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Police Arrest 4 Over Theft of Generator Serving MTN Mast

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Operatives of Ogun Police Command have arrested four men for allegedly stealing an MTN mast generator in Sango Ota, Ado Odo-Ota LGA, Ogun State.

Police Arrest 4 Over Theft of Generator Serving MTN Mast

The suspects were Clement Idenyi, 42, Orogade Olalere, 41, Ademola Adekunle, 53 and Tunde Adewale.

It was reported at the station that the suspects had concluded plans to break into and steal the (FG Wilson) generator providing power to the MTN mast, located at No 7, Akintunde Street Oando Ijoko Ota.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesman of the command, told newsmen in Abeokuta that based on the information, CSP Godwin Idehai,  DPO Sango Ota Division,  detailed his surveillance team to cordon off and monitor the area.

“At about 5 am on Sunday, the suspects arrived the scene with a Hiab Truck with which they lifted the generator, unknown to them that they were being monitored. As soon as they lifted the generator into the truck, the policemen swooped on them and apprehended three of the suspects,” Oyeyemi said.

According to him, during interrogation, it was discovered that, Clement Idenyi, who incidentally is the site maintenance engineer was the mastermind of the crime.

Oyeyemi said further investigation revealed that Tunde Adewale had already been contacted, and “had agreed to buy the generator from them if they succeeded in stealing it.

He said the fourth suspect had also provided them with logistics to make “the stealing easier, hence he was equally apprehended.”

He said the suspects would be arraigned as soon as investigation is concluded.


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SystemSpecs Motivates Students on Tech Skills

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SystemSpecs, financial technology provider, has empowered Nigerian children by motivating on ideas on various means to enhance the country’s national security through technology.

SystemSpecs Motivates Students on Tech Skills

John Obaro, MD/CEO, SystemSpecs

A statement by the organisation said the technology firm motivated the top three students in both senior and junior categories of its 2021 Children’s Day Essay Competition, themed ‘Building a more secure Nigeria using technology’.

John Obaro, managing director, SystemSpecs, praised the patriotism and ingenuity of all the participants in the essay competition.

“For our dear children who have taken it upon themselves to think about the use of technology in addressing what is probably the biggest challenge of our country today, security, we say thank you,” he said.

Obaro said it was great to receive diverse suggestions from children on how to solve this pressing challenge.

“It has given us hope that we have a foundation on which we can build the future of the country,” he added

In his remarks, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, senior special adviser to the President on Education, said the SystemSpecs’ essay competition was a step in the right direction, and urged the leadership to continue with the good work.

Sandra Eghagharemo, Corporate Social Responsibility lead, SystemSpecs, said the competition had grown bigger and better this year, with a 30 per cent increase in entries received and a wider spread.

Rita Ohiaeri of Queensland Academy, Okota, Lagos, emerged winner in the senior category; while Lagooz College, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, Chetachi Mbalu emerged winner in the junior category.

 

 


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