Miss Mandi, former Capital FM presenter and content creator that has been trending for a week now has been selected for the YouTube Black Voices Creator Class of 2022 alongside other 25 YouTubers from Africa. Google made this announcement on Thursday through its Google for Africa blog.
“The class features a diverse group of creators who (while they have varying professional, social and academic backgrounds) are bound by one common desire: to make a difference in their respective communities and Africa through insightful, relatable, and impactful content and are creators from 26 channels in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa will be representing the continent among a cohort of 133 other creators from around the world,” said Google in a blog post.
Mandi and the other selected creators will YouTube’s seed funding to further develop their channels, dedicated partner support from the company, and access to programming which will help the creators build thriving channels and careers, thanks to the YouTube Black Voices Fund, Google’s global, multi-year commitment to uplift and grow Black creators and artist.
“A lot can change in 5 years!!! So proud of me for pursuing my YouTube career with intention. Can’t wait to grow the 6.6 million viewers on the channel,” Mandi said in a tweet that has received no interactions so far, probably because Kenyans on Twitter are still mad at her.
Miss Mandi’s storm started, ironically, from a Tweet that she personally made about accountability. She would later receive a quoted reply from former colleague Gitobu Koome, who accused her of bullying when they were both working together at a city media station. Koome claimed Mandi constantly terrorized him, made fun of his clothes because they were not trendy, and hurt him throughout. He asked Mandi not to talk about accountability when she wasn’t accountable for her action.
Enock Bett is Business Development Director at iLead Digital Kenya Limited & Sahari Creative. As a Broadcast Journalism graduate from the Multimedia University of Kenya, he has over 5 years of experience actively reporting on technology, business, current affairs, social media among other areas.