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YouTube highlights 5 channels to keep homes tidy

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YouTube on Thursday highlighted five video channels that could help keep homes tidy and in the process exercise to fight stress and anxiety.

Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Communication Officer, Google West Africa, said in a statement in Lagos that one way of fighting stress and anxiety according to experts is the act of cleaning as an exercise.

Kola-Ogunlade said that with personal and home hygiene gaining increased importance in recent times, the following YouTube channels were jam-packed with inspiration for getting your house in order room by room literally.

He said that `Simply Nikki’, `Jessica Tull’, `Clean my Space’, `Jansen’s DIY’ and `Belinda Selene’ were the five YouTube channels.

According to him, Simply Nikki, a messy pantry happens to the best of us, unless we happen to have a healthy dose of OCD.

“Nikki Thot of Jamie and Nikki fame, shares how she’s using her time at home to clean up her pantry and make it look like something out of the pages of a magazine.

‘’Bathrooms and small spaces in general can very quickly get very out of hand.

‘’The folks over at Jansen’s DIY a channel dedicated to home improvement, life hacks and DIY-related topics, have compiled a list of 20 ways to organise and create storage space in small bathrooms,’’ he said.

Kola-Ogunlade said if one had been tossing old newspapers, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, old tools and useless toys in garage for years and “wants to stop the cycle, Jessica Tull is here for you’’.

According to him, get inspired as she transforms her complete disaster of a garage into an orderly sanctuary.

The communication Officer said that a cluttered, untidy and dirty bedroom could be affecting your quality of life without you even realising it.

Kola-Ogunlade said that waking up to a tidy and organised bedroom could increase your productivity, improve your mood and even help you sleep better.

He said that Melissa from Clean My Space not only showed you how to clean your room, but also how to do it like a cleaning professional.

According to him, If you feel inspired enough to take on an extreme home clean, clean along to Belinda Selene.

Kola-ogunlade said Selene had decided to use her social distancing time to give herself a kickstart in productivity and take her mind off things.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

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YouTube launches online music festival Stay Home…#With Me

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YouTube on Friday announced the launch of the `Stay Home #With Me’ as a part of enlightenment and entertainment during this period.

Addy Awofisayo, content partnership manager, YouTube Africa, said the campaign would begin with a YouTube music festival starting on March 28 and March 29.

She said the Festival would feature African artistes performing some of their hits via a YouTube live stream for their fans.

According to her, it is for fans who are currently practising social distancing in an effort to flatten the curve of new coronavirus infections in their communities.

”Fans will enjoy free LIVE performances from Nigerian and South African artistes such as Aṣa, Simi, Seyi Shay, Reekado Banks, Broda Shagi and Timi Dakolo on their respective YouTube channels.

”WIth 46 African countries having reported COVID-19 cases so far, and several African countries taking steps to restrict movement within communities, artistes will share the critical “Stay Home #With Me” messaging with their audiences.

“For the past decade YouTubers have created videos such as Cook with Me, Study with Me, Read with Me, Workout with Me, Meditate with Me, and so on.

”So the concept of this online music festival is organically in line with what viewers know,” Awofisayo said in a statement.

According to her, the Stay Home #With Me online music festival seeks to support the well-being of our community, who are increasingly enduring this disease in isolation.

She said it is a state that could affect people’s mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Awofisayo said that performances would take place on Saturday and Sunday between 2 PM and 10 PM Central Africa time with the full line up at goo.gle/stayhomewithme.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the federal and state governments had issued stay home orders to curb the spread of Coronavirus (Covid 19) with 65 reported cases in the country.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
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Gospel singer Sinach hits 1m subscribers on YouTube, receives gold plaque

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Nigerian gospel songstress,Osinachi Joseph a.k.a Sinach has received a gold plaque as she hit one million subscribers on online Google video streaming, YouTube.

The renowned singer, who could not hide her joy, took to her Instagram page @therealsinach to share the good news with her fans

She also used the opportunity to appreciate her fans, followers and also the Youtube team.

“Look what came in the mail !! Thank you my friends for celebrating GoodNews music in a big way!! @youtube @youtubengcreators @youtubemusic @gosgem.

“PRAY WITH ME: I see victories and possibilities only; I’m bold and courageous.

” I win, irrespective of the challenges and circumstances that I face; they are “bread” for me.

“As I set my gaze on God’s unfailing and eternal Word, I walk continually in victory, health, success, prosperity and righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen,” she wrote.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that gold plaque is given to performers with one million or more subscribers on the video streaming brand.

“The gospel singer has over 1.14 million subscribers to her YouTube official account.

NAN also reports that Nigerian songstress artist Yemi Alade has received the gold plaque with her music video to her hit song ‘Johnny’ which has over 100 million views on YouTube.

The mother of one music video for “Way Maker” is the second most-seen Nigerian music video with a record 143 million views.

Sinach whose real name is Osinach Joseph, is an award winning Nigerian gospel singer and songwriter.

The Ebony born gospel artist is one of the most celebrated Nigerian gospel singers with many accolades to her name.

She has written over 300 songs which include; Awesome God, More of You, Born to win, All I See Is You, Jesus is Alive, Presence of the Lord and son among others.

She has also performed in several countries such as Kenya, South Afria, United States, Canada, Zambia and so on.

Sinach is a recipient of numerous awards which include:

Best Female Gospel Artiste of The Year at Nigeria Gospel Music Awards, Best Female Vocalist at Nigeria Gospel Music Awards 2016 LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award among others.

She got married to her Christ Embassy’s pastor, Joseph Ogbu on June 28, 2014 and their union is blessed with wonderful child.

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YouTube launches YouTube Music, YouTube Premium in Nigeria

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YouTube on Wednesday announced the launch of YouTube Music and a paid membership view which is YouTube Premium in Nigeria.

Addy Awofisayo, YouTube Content Partnership Manager, Google, Sub-Saharan Africa. said at the launch in Lagos that they were excited to launch YouTube Music and Premium in Nigeria.

He said the platforms were to give fans and artistes more opportunity to connect in a dedicated music experience.

Awofisayo said that while fans could access ad-supported YouTube Music for free, YouTube Music Premium would be on “paid membership that gives one background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for N900 a month’’.

He said that Music fans could get one month free YouTube Music Premium here, costing N900 per month thereafter or N1,400 per month for a Family Plan.

”Starting today, you can also upgrade to YouTube Premium, providing members with the benefits of Music Premium, plus ad-free, background listening, and downloads across all of YouTube

”Plus you get to binge-watch YouTube Originals shows and movies, including the hit series Cobra Kai and many more.

”Try YouTube Premium free for one month here, costing N1,100 per month after or N1,700 per month for a Family Plan.

Awofisayo said that from favorite albums to music videos to those remixes and covers one would not find anywhere else, YouTube Music is a personal guide through the complete world of music.

He said that the new YouTube Music app was available to download from the Play Store and App Store from March 11 or users could check out the web player at music.youtube.com.

An artiste, Naira Marley, said it was good that YouTube Music and Premium were in Nigeria now.

“This platform is going to make things easier for me to listen to my favorite tunes, and it’s also a nice way for me to build more fans in Nigeria and across the globe.

”It’s about time, YouTube is more than videos, YouTube is the plug.”

Nigeria News Agency reports that Naira Marley was one of the most searched Nigerian Music artiste in 2019 on YouTube .

Also, Nigeria artistes were the most searched on the YouTube outside the shores of the country said Awofisayo.

NAN reports that YouTube, Google’s company, is the world’s most popular online video community.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
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YouTube makes new appointment to fuel growth

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YouTube on Tuesday announced the appointment of Alex Okosi as Managing Director of Emerging Markets for YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to further drive expansion and fuel growth in these areas.

Okosi will be responsible for running YouTube’s business and partnership teams across emerging markets in EMEA including Russia, the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Head, YouTube EMEA, Cecile Frot-Coutaz. based in London office, said Okosi would be responsible for running YouTube business and partnership team across emerging markets in EMEA including Russia, middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Frot-Coutaz said that Okosi would resume in April 2020 and will be reporting to her to the London office.

“I look forward to welcoming Okosi to our YouTube EMEA leadership team.

“He brings a wealth of experience in the content industries and has a track record for building businesses and audiences in established and new markets.

“Okosi will be leading our existing teams in Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa (MEAN) to drive further expansion in these key markets,” she said in a statement.

According to her, Google and YouTube have long invested in growing its business across its EMEA emerging markets with some recent milestones.

She said that the milestone included most recently at the annual Google for Nigeria event in July 2019, YouTube announced its commitment to support emerging talents across Nigeria.

Frot-Coutaz said it was by teaming up with Mr Eazi and the emPawa initiative to support 10 emerging Nigerian music artists to build their craft, increase their fan base and connect with the world through YouTube.

She said throughout the years, YouTube had played an essential role in the discovery and development of African sound and exporting African music to listeners worldwide.

According to her, in fact 70 per cent of the views from the 25 most-watched Sub-Saharan African artists come from outside the continent.

She said that in September 2019, YouTube successfully launched YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in MENA which further exemplified the opportunities offered by this high-growth region.

She said that Russia was one of YouTube EMEA’s highest growth markets with the number of YouTube channels with more than one million subscribers growing by more than 70 per cent in the last year.

‘’Alex’s appointment will only further fuel the development of our creative ecosystem in the region,’’ Frot-Coutaz.

Okosi, incoming Managing Director of Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, said that YouTube is a game-changing platform that plays an increasingly important role in our lives today.

He said that it was through the dynamic content and innovation that it delivered.

‘’I am very excited to be joining Frot-Coutaz’s leadership team to continue empowering creators and elevating value for viewers and partners across the region,’’ Okosi said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that prior to joining YouTube, Alex served as a long-time TV Executive.

Most recently he was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom/CBS Networks Africa & BET International.    

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Odunlade Adekola’s new film ‘Ajanaku’ tops trending list on YouTube

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Popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola’s new film, ‘Ajanaku’ is currently at the top of the trending list on YouTube.

The Yoruba film, which was written, directed and produced by the renowned actor was premiered on Dec. 13 and it has over 420 views in the first six days on YouTube.

The film ‘Ajanaku,’ tells the story of Dr Ajanaku, a worthy unorthodox healer, a role played by Adekola.

Ajanaku(Adekola) believed so much in his ancestral powers but in this chosen path, there were lots of battles to be fought to remain relevant.

The film features Yemi Solade, Odunlade Adekola, and Ireti Osayemi, Eniola Ajao, Bolaji Amusan aka Mr. Latin and Babatunde Aderinoye.

According to him, the film also features some of the students from his acting academy, Odunlade Adekola Film and Production Academy (OAFP).

Adekola a Nigeria actor, singer, film-maker, producer and director, gained popularity with his lead role in Ishola Durojaye’s 2003 movie ‘Asiri Gomina Wa’.

Adekola is a prolific movie producer, who has produced mostly Yoruba films and currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Odunlade Adekola Film Production(OAFP).

Through his production company, he has been able to produce several movies in Nigeria and has acted in multiple Nollywood movies.

The most notable movie he has produced is “Adebayo Aremu” which he also acted in as a lead character.

The renowned Yoruba actor, began his acting career professionally in 1996 .

Then he joined the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners, under the tutelage of the late Nollywood actor and producer, Isola Durojaiye, also known as Alasari.

Adekola has acted, scripted, produced and directed several Yoruba films over the years which include Omo Colonel, Aroba, Oro, Sunday Dagboru, Monday omo adugbo, Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo, Eku Meji, Kurukuru, Sunday gboku gboku, Adura, etc.

In December 2015, he marked his entrance into the Nigerian music industry.

Adekola in the cause of his acting career, won several awards in Nigeria, which include Best Actor in Yoruba at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in April 2014, Best Actor of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2009.

In 2011, he won the Best Actor of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards and in 2014, he won the Best Actor (Yoruba) at the City People Entertainment Awards.

In 2015, he won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the City People Entertainment Awards and Best Actor of the Year at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Odunlade Adekola is currently one of the most talented actors, who is married to Ruth Abosede Adekola and the marriage is blessed with beautiful children.

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YouTube updates harassment policy to ban implicit threats, insults

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YouTube responded to criticism of user harassment on the internet platform on Wednesday by updating its policies with a ban on implicit threats and malicious insults.

YouTube said it has always banned content that explicitly threatens someone or that encourages people to harass someone else, but will now add implicit threats and demeaning language to the criteria.

The Google-owned platform said this includes content simulating violence toward an individual or language suggesting violence may occur.

“No individual should be subject to harassment that suggests violence,” said Matt Halprin,

“YouTube vice president, said in a blog post. “Beyond threatening someone, there is also demeaning language that goes too far.”

The new policy bars content that maliciously insults someone based on such things as race, gender expression or sexual orientation, Halprin said.

The change follows months of debate spurred by videos posted by conservative comedian and host Steven Crowder citing Latino journalist Carlos Maza’s sexual orientation and ethnic background.

Maza, who identifies as gay, spoke out in May about repeated harassment he said he experienced from Crowder.

YouTube initially said Crowder’s comments did not violate its policies, but the platform deemed them “hurtful.”

It later decided to suspend Crowder’s ability to earn ad revenue. The backlash continued however and the company was sued in August by a group of creators, according to Vox, where Maza works.

Under the new rules, some of the videos on Crowder’s YouTube channel are likely to be deleted.

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YouTube celebrates top trending videos in Nigeria

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YouTube on Thursday released YouTube Rewind, to celebrate the biggest moments and trending videos on YouTube in 2019.

Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Communication Officer  and Public Affairs Manager for Google West Africa, said in Lagos that the top trending videos in Nigeria for 2019 reflected the nation’s love of sports and entertainment.

Kola-Ogunlade said that the top three trending videos in Nigeria were Commander by Mark Angel Comedy; Aiyetoro Episode 1 by SCENEONE TV; and UEFA Champions League – Liverpool vs Barcelona highlights by SuperSport.

He said that beyond the affinity for entertainment and sports, the 2019 list also revealed that Nigerians were turning to YouTube to keep up with trending news stories.

”The BBC Africa Documentary – Sex for Grades undercover  and Ynaija’s interview with celebrity Photographer, Busola Dakolo, made it as top trending videos.

”YouTube also released the list of top trending music videos for the year. Topping the list is the official video of Zlatan and Burna Boy – Killin Dem.

”The official Blow My Mind music video by Davido featuring Chris Brown and Rudeboys’ Reason With Me official video follow on the list, ’’ Kola-Ogunlade said in a statement.

According to him, the top trending videos on YouTube for 2019 were based on views, shares, comments, likes and more.

He said that YouTube Rewind brought together the biggest viral videos featuring today’s biggest YouTube stars, mainstream and current affairs personalities.

He said that YouTube’s Rewind video had taken on a fresh look and feel in 2019.

“Featuring a montage of clips from the top videos, channels and moments of the year as well as the latest release from Glass Animals, featuring artistes on the rise, Denzel Curry,’’ Kola-Ogunlade said.

He, however, said that the Top 15 Videos watched in Nigeria in 2019, excluding major music labels were Mark Angel Comedy – COMMANDER (Mark Angel Comedy) (Episode 193) Scene one TV, Aiyetoro Town Episode 1

He mentioned UPGRADE SuperSport – UEFA Champions League Liverpool vs Barcelona Highlights;

GhenGhen Jokes – INTERVIEW (ATIKU OR BUHARI), among others.

Kola-Ogunlade noted that the top 15 Music Videos watched by Nigerians included Zlatan featuring Burna Boy – Killin Dem (Official Music Video).

He also mentioned On A Spaceship Davido featuring Chris Brown – Blow My Mind (Official Video), Rudeboy – Reason With Me (Official Video), among others.

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YouTube celebrates Afrobeats, extends support to fast-rising Nigerian Artistes

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YouTube says it will support  four fast-rising Nigerian artists on their individual music journey by providing them with the tools to propel their music and grow their presence on YouTube.

Addy Awofisayo, YouTube Content Partnership Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen after an event tagged `Celebration of Afrobeats” held in Lagos

According to her, the support will accelerate the growth of their audience globally as announced at an event tagged, “A celebration of Afrobeats” organised by YouTube in Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the four Nigerian artistes selected were, Kizz Daniel, Reekado Banks, Simi and Teni (Teniola Apata)

Awofisayo said that the organisation was very excited to partner with the artistes and support them as their music travelled across borders and expanded their audience globally.

She said it demonstrated YouTube’s commitment to Nigerian Afrobeats talents made at the Google for Nigeria event in July; when the initiative to support 10 emerging Nigerian artistes through Mr. Eazi’s emPawa programme was announced.

She said that the four selected artistes would be engaged in a series of workshops and content creation sessions and experimenting with content formats on YouTube.

“The selected artists will develop their music and visual contents and becoming experts at building deep connections with their fans.

‘“In addition, they will receive marketing promotions and education on best practices for growing and engaging their audience on an international scale.

“The artistes will also serve as models for other African artistes on utilising the global power of the YouTube platform to expand and build a global audience.

“Learnings from their experiences will be gathered as feedback to be shared with the entire artist community, Awofisayo said in a statement.

According to her, YouTube has been a mainline for African artistes to connect all over the world.

“From Yemi Alade’s “Johnny” hitting over 100 million views on YouTube or Davido’s “Fall” at over 150 million views, there is no doubt that global audiences are dancing to African beats,” Awofisayo said.

Teniola Apata also known as Teni the Entertainer, said she was particularly excited because her fans would get to see her beyond the music videos, to behind the scenes and live show contents on YouTube.

She said YouTube had no borders and it was exciting to see her music resonate with not just people in the country but fans across the world.”

Kizz Daniel also said that he was excited about the opportunity to work closely with YouTube to expose his music and culture to a global audience.

Daniel said that YouTube was a crucial platform that allowed music to travel globally and connect to new audience.

He said that YouTube had not just played an essential role in the discovery and development of African sound but also in exporting African music to listeners worldwide.

According to him, through this partnership with the artistes, YouTube is reinforcing its commitment to exporting Afrobeats music, culture and dance – beyond just the sound – to audiences across the world who may not have experienced it.

NAN reports that YouTube had a long-standing commitment to Nigerian (and African) artistes, creators and other players.

Edited & Vetted By: Adeleye Ajayi
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