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  •  Nunez sees red as Liverpool held to home draw by Palace
    Nunez sees red as Liverpool held to home draw by Palace
     Nunez sees red as Liverpool held to home draw by Palace
    Nunez sees red as Liverpool held to home draw by Palace
    General news3 days ago

    Nunez sees red as Liverpool held to home draw by Palace

    Nunez sees red as Liverpoobr> Liverpool forward Luis Diaz cancelled out Wilfried Zaha’s opener for Crystal Palace as the teams drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Anfield on Monday.

    Liverpool’s striker Darwin Nunez was sent off for a head-butt on his home debut.

    Liverpool dominated the opening half but it was Zaha who broke the deadlock, stunning the home crowd with a brilliant finish to a counter-attack in the 32nd minute.

    It marked the sixth league game in a row in which Liverpool had conceded the first goal, although they had over 75 per cent  possession in the first half and a whopping 17 attempts, albeit with only three on target.

    Nunez could have put Liverpool level just before the break, but his scuffed effort came back off the far post and Virgil van Dijk failed to connect properly with the rebound.

    However, the Uruguay international, recently arrived from Portuguese side Benfica, was shown a straight red card in the 57th minute for an apparent head-butt on Joachim Andersen, and he will now face a three-match suspension.

    The sending off inspired Luis Diaz to grab the game by the scruff on the neck in the 61st minute as the Colombian cut in from the left beat several players and curled the ball beyond the despairing dive of Vicente Guaita to put the hosts level.

    Zaha had a golden chance to put Palace back in front after 78 minutes, ghosting behind the defence but volleying a low cross from Cheick Oumar Doucoure off the outside of the far post.

    Liverpool also went close to taking the lead on a number of occasions but Palace held firm to claim their first point of the new campaign, with the home side now having drawn twice in their opening two games.

    “Obviously we always want to win our games and especially at home,” Liverpool midfielder James Milner said.

    “I thought we started pretty well and then we lost our way a bit in the middle.

    They’ve obviously got quality, they’re always going to cause you problems on the break, which we could have defended better.

    ” Palace boss Patrick Vieira was delighted to leave Anfield with a point, inspite of having an extra man for the last half-hour.

    “Overall we keep our organisation our discipline – this is a really tough place to come and try to perform … it was a really good team performance and I’m really happy with the team, the way they played today,” he said.


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  •  United Nation UN Women Sudan supports the participation of young women in the political process
    United Nation (UN) Women Sudan supports the participation of young women in the political process
     United Nation UN Women Sudan supports the participation of young women in the political process
    United Nation (UN) Women Sudan supports the participation of young women in the political process
    Africa4 days ago

    United Nation (UN) Women Sudan supports the participation of young women in the political process

    Through roundtables, capacity-building workshops and seminars for women across Sudan, UN Women Sudan empowers young women to learn skills in building alliances and participating in political processes.

    The October 25, 2021 coup in Sudan was a setback to achieving the goals set during its transition period.

    To facilitate a solution to this political crisis, the trilateral mechanism was formed, made up of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the African Union (AU) Commission and the Secretariat of the Authority Intergovernmental Organization for Development (IGAD).

    Prior to the trilateral formation, UNITAMS launched a consultative process with a wide range of Sudanese stakeholders with the aim of addressing the political impasse and developing a path towards democracy and peace.

    The consultations involved more than 800 participants, a third of whom were women.

    The consultations found that there was less than the 40 percent minimum achievement of women's participation and representation during the transition period.

    Many participants advocated reinstating the minimum 40 percent quota at all levels within all decision-making bodies and institutions.

    To ensure a coordinated UN response to support women who play a key role in the political arena, UN Women, UNITAMS and UNDP are implementing a project.

    The project includes round tables, capacity building workshops and seminars for women from across Sudan to discuss alliance building and organizing.

    “I think that being part of the training workshops and round table is one of the best experiences I have had, despite my lack of experience in the public sphere and political work, since I was only interested in child protection issues and Gender Violence.

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    But by participating in these workshops, I learned the skills of managing dialogue, negotiations and interventions that can respond to the current political situation.

    I also realized that women could do anything,” says Fawzia of Blue Nile State, who participated in the “Women's Leadership and Joint Action in Times of Transition” roundtable.

    Through a consultative process with Sudanese women and organizations, the project supported young Sudanese women and activists to establish a Women's Rights Support Group (WRSG) which was considered part of the formal groups of Sudanese political actors involved in the political process and was recognized by the trilateral mechanism, UNITAMS, AU and IGAD.

    The UNITAMS consultation report shows that the percentage of political participation of women did not exceed 15 percent.

    With the efforts of WRSG, this percentage increased from 15 percent to 33 percent.

    Other significant results were achieved with more than 60 young women trained and two round tables held, in addition to giving a series of seminars to share similar experiences from Ethiopia and Colombia.

    Reham from Khartoum state participated in the seminar; 'The role of women in influencing the peace process in Colombia'.

    “The seminar was a live experience.

    We had the opportunity to learn about the Colombian experience, which is very similar to the Sudanese one.

    This experience has brought us together and given us hope that political stability can be achieved, it just takes time.

    Colombia achieved security reforms in 6 years, and they had a single movement with only one arm.

    In Sudan we have more than 83 armed forces.

    With that knowledge, women can work to be present in the decision-making process to ensure the achievement of sustainable comprehensive peace in Sudan,” she said.

  •  Five die in Ecuador blast officials blame on crime gangs
    Five die in Ecuador blast officials blame on crime gangs
     Five die in Ecuador blast officials blame on crime gangs
    Five die in Ecuador blast officials blame on crime gangs
    Foreign4 days ago

    Five die in Ecuador blast officials blame on crime gangs

    Five people died and 16 were injured in an explosion Sunday in the Ecuadoran port city of Guayaquil in an attack the government blamed on organized crime, officials said.

    President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency in the country’s second largest city of Guayaquil, where eight houses and two cars were destroyed in the blast.

    Lasso warned on Twitter that his year-old government would “not allow organized crime to try to control the country.

    ” The state of emergency will be in force from Sunday in the southwestern coastal city, and will last for 30 days, said security secretary Diego Ordonez at a press conference.

    Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo said the five dead had been identified and none had a criminal record.

    He also said that 17 were wounded in the blast, which he blamed on “organized-crime mercenaries,” long involved in illicit drug traffic.

    “It is a declaration of war against the state,” Carrillo added on Twitter.

    Located between Colombia and Peru, the world’s two largest cocaine producers, Ecuador is facing a drug-fueled crime wave that has produced scenes of horror, including decapitated bodies hanging from bridges.

    Tensions between rival drug gangs have reached into Ecuador’s prisons, where clashes and massacres have claimed at least 400 lives since February 2021.

    “Either we confront it (organized crime) together, or society will pay an even higher price,” Carrillo said.

    Ecuador in 2020 accounted for 6.

    5 percent of all the cocaine seized in the world, according to the latest United Nations figures.

    And last year, the nation of 18 million saw its murder rate — 14 homicides per 100,000 people — soar to nearly twice the 2020 rate.

  •  A rise in female leadership will unleash new economic growth and inclusion by Kelly Ann Mealia
    A rise in female leadership will unleash new economic growth and inclusion (by Kelly-Ann Mealia)
     A rise in female leadership will unleash new economic growth and inclusion by Kelly Ann Mealia
    A rise in female leadership will unleash new economic growth and inclusion (by Kelly-Ann Mealia)
    Africa6 days ago

    A rise in female leadership will unleash new economic growth and inclusion (by Kelly-Ann Mealia)

    By Kelly-Ann Mealia, President, Energy Capital & Power (www.EnergyCapitalPower.com) The election of Her Excellency Francia Márquez as the first African American Vice President of Colombia is a testament to the increasing role that women are playing in leadership positions throughout global level, and both the international arena and the African community should support her as she approaches her new role with drive, innovation and a people-centred approach.

    While women's participation in leadership roles globally has been minimal for centuries, a new wave of women leaders promises change, inclusion and overall equality.

    In June 2022, Colombia elected its first black female vice president, SE Francia Márquez, an environmental activist who has become a powerful spokesperson for black Colombians and various marginalized communities.

    With the election of SE Márquez, a new era of equality and inclusion awaits the country, and the African continent and diaspora, as well as the international community, need to rally their support, both for her and for other women leaders around the world.

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    (https://nbcnews.to/3Ag0avE) Promoting equality For her part, SE Márquez has been and continues to be a representative of the people of Colombia and her election is considered a historic step towards strengthening equality both in Colombia and worldwide.

    As New York Times (https://nyti.ms/3zKKFu8) Andes bureau chief Julie Turkewitz put it in an article, “Mrs. Márquez’s rise is significant not only because she is black in a nation where Afro-Colombians are regularly subjected to racism and must deal with structural barriers, but because it comes from poverty in a country where economic class often defines a person's place in society."

    A strong advocate for addressing social disparities, environmental challenges and ineffective policies, HE Márquez is an example of what women leaders are capable of, and she represents an important figure both in Colombia and in the world.

    Just as SE Marquez has done, a number of women leaders around the world are taking their rightful place at the leadership table.

    The Rise of African Women Leaders Africa itself is a world leader in women's public leadership, with five African countries among the top 20 nations with the highest representation of women in parliament, four of which have 45% representation of women in parliaments.

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    Like SE Marquez for years to come, these women have been pioneers, leading their respective countries through health, social, and economic crises, driving socioeconomic growth and development, and leading initiatives to enhance women's economic participation.

    Notable examples (https://bit.ly/3dsvr5B) include HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of the Republic of Liberia and founder of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development; HE Sahle-Work Zewde, fifth president and first female president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Aja Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, former Vice President of The Gambia; Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of Namibia; and HE Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, among many others.

    https://bit.ly/3CjansL Despite the continent's progress towards equality in leadership, disparity continues to exist in various economic sectors.

    The energy industry, for example, a sector recognized as the backbone of any economy, shows that women make up just 22% of oil and gas employees, with 17% represented in executive and senior positions and only 1% in CEO positions.

    Therefore, despite the progress made, much remains to be done to support women in leadership.

    Building global support As HE Marquez takes on her new role, it has become even more common for the African and global community to support her and other women taking on leadership positions.

    To the African diaspora, HE Marquez represents someone who seized opportunities and fought for her role in society, while to the global African community, she represents the future of leadership.

    As such, in a world where women have had to fight and continue to fight for their rightful place at the leadership table, leaders like SE Marquez serve as instrumental figures.

    However, such support must transcend Colombia's borders, as women increase their presence in leadership globally.

    As the leading investment platform for the African energy sector, Energy Capital & Power (ECP) www.EnergyCapitalPower.com centers each and every one of its large-scale events around rallying support for women in energy and leadership.

    Dedicated Women in Energy seminars, networking events and forums emphasize the critical role women continue to play in improving access to energy, driving innovative solutions and positioning the African continent as a leading global energy market .

    Led and founded by women, ECP is focused on helping to increase women's participation and leadership in African energy, thereby mustering the support that current and emerging female stakeholders need to thrive.

    Despite being focused on Africa, ECP is committed to driving energy investment globally, and South America is not exempt in this regard.

    Over the years, South American companies, including Latin American oil and gas company Pluspetrol, have participated in ECP events, driving dialogue and strengthening energy relations between Africa and the world.

    In 2022, ECP is eager to further enhance relationships, inviting South American stakeholders to participate in the company's 2022 event schedule, https://bit.ly/3SMJXVL and help drive discussion.

    on women in energy and strengthen female leadership.

    For both the African and global economies to prosper, women must be at the forefront of decision-making, and while HE Márquez is not the first woman in political leadership around the world, she certainly will not be the last.

  •  FIFA will broadcast live the FIFA U 20 Women s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 in 114 territories
    FIFA+ will broadcast live the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 ™ in 114 territories
     FIFA will broadcast live the FIFA U 20 Women s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 in 114 territories
    FIFA+ will broadcast live the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 ™ in 114 territories
    Africa1 week ago

    FIFA+ will broadcast live the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 ™ in 114 territories

    FIFA+ to stream every match of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup™ (www.FIFA.com) for free in more than 100 territories, giving fans around the world access to new depths of women's football; The tournament will be live to fans in trophy contenders Brazil, Germany, Ghana and Nigeria, and in major centers of women's football such as England and Sweden; The 16-team tournament, which takes place in Costa Rica, begins with Germany taking on Colombia on August 10, before the final is played in San José on August 28.

    Taking place in Costa Rica from August 10-28, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2022™ will be broadcast live for free on FIFA+ in more than 100 territories, providing audiences around the world a new access to the events of tomorrow.

    female soccer stars.

    Matches will be live on FIFA+ in 114 countries, including tournament hopefuls Germany, Brazil, Ghana and Nigeria.

    FIFA+ will also be home to fans of women's football powerhouses England and Sweden.

    In addition to live match coverage, FIFA+ will also be home to premium editorial content for the tournament, news tracking, interviews and analysis throughout.

    The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup™ has long been a hotbed of emerging talent, with former stars like Sydney Leroux of the USA (https://fifa.fans/3PcDfp1).

    Find out more about the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2022™ (https://fifa.fans/3bQRqCB) now.

    Charlotte Burr, FIFA Director of Strategy, Development and FIFA+, said: “After a summer in which women's football has captured the hearts and minds of fans around the world, with continental champions crowned in every region important, we are delighted to be bringing the stars of tomorrow to the world in FIFA+.

    “For years, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup™ has been a fascinating window into the next generation of women's football superstars, and 2022 promises to be no different.

    Costa Rica will provide a stunning backdrop for elite soccer and drama galore – we are excited to bring fans from around the world closer to the tournament and the future stars of the women's game.”

  •  Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
     Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award

    A Nigerian-based organisation, Hillspring Diagnostics, has won the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) global innovation award for one of the 10 projects that will advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA announced the 10 winners to its first ever Joint Innovation Challenge on Thursday.

    Joint Innovation Challenge is a cutting-edge competition to provide funding for social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

    Speaking on the award at a news conference in New York, UN spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, said 10 organisations that won the award are headed by women.

    Dujarric said Hillspring Diagnostics from Nigeria came up with a revolutionary method for detecting ectopic pregnancy, a condition which can have dangerous consequences including death of the mother and baby if not diagnosed and treated in time.

    According to him, organisations headed by women from other nine countries of Costa Rica, Armenia, Mongolia, Uganda, Turkey, Colombia, Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Cameroon were honoured.

    Dujarric said the winners pitched a range of innovations – from a portable diagnostic system for pre-eclampsia to a board game that shares information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    “The 10 winners each received 60,000 dollars which will allow these organisations to move from pilot stage to scale,’’ he said.

    The challenge was financed by UNFPA’s Equaliser Accelerator Fund, and implemented in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Trade Centre.

    Entrants were given the incentive of a cash prize which would allow them to expand their ideas from the test stage, to full production, for the potential benefit of millions around the world.

    The challenge received further funding from the Governments of Luxembourg, Finland, and Denmark.

    Launched in 2021, UNFPA’s Fund provides equity-free investments in social enterprises that are led or co-led by women, and can show evidence of the impact they will have.

    Reacting to the award, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director said, in relation to the competition, “creative thinking and innovative solutions are key to accelerate progress for women and girls around the world.

    ” According to her, the 2022 challenge is awarding 10 women-helmed organisations from five different regions globally.

    Initially, a panel of experts received 300 submissions from 61 countries.

    After 20 finalists pitched their innovative ideas to the panel, the eventual 10 winners then signed nine-month contracts with UNFPA and will be receiving an equity-free investment of 60,000 dollars.

    The funding will allow winning organisations to transition away from the pilot stage, and begin manufacturing at scale.

    UNFPA and its partners will also support the social enterprises with targeted mentorship, training opportunities, interactive workshops, and unique access to the global UN network.

    The winning ideas varied in function, but were united in ingenuity, said the agency.

    Other winners from Africa are the Global Pre-Eclampsia Initiative from, Uganda; Urukundo Initiative, Rwanda and Women in Entrepreneurship and Technology (WETECH), Cameroon.

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  •  Eritrean athletes get two medals
    Eritrean athletes get two medals
     Eritrean athletes get two medals
    Eritrean athletes get two medals
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Eritrean athletes get two medals

    Athletes from Eritrea won two medals at the 2022 Under-20 World Athletics Championships held in Cali, Colombia.

    Consequently, in the 5,000m competitions, Eritrean athletes Merhawi Mebrahtu and Habtom Samuel won silver and bronze medals respectively.

    In the competitions, Ethiopian athlete Yihunu Adisu won the gold medal by finishing the race in 14 minutes, 3 seconds and 5 microseconds.

    The Under 20 International Athletics Championships take place from August 1 to 6.

  •  Chile to appeal again against Ecuador s qualification for Qatar World Cup
    Chile to appeal again against Ecuador’s qualification for Qatar World Cup
     Chile to appeal again against Ecuador s qualification for Qatar World Cup
    Chile to appeal again against Ecuador’s qualification for Qatar World Cup
    General news3 weeks ago

    Chile to appeal again against Ecuador’s qualification for Qatar World Cup

    > Chile intend to launch an appeal against the decision of world football ruling body FIFA to dismiss their previous complaint regarding Ecuador’s participation at the World Cup. Nine-time tournament finalists Chile asked FIFA to investigate allegations that Ecuador used ineligible right-back Byron Castillo in their successful qualifying campaign.

    The Federacion de Futbol de Chile (ANPF) said it had proof that Castillo was born in Colombia and not Ecuador, as stated on his official documents.

    Castillo appeared eight times in qualifying, including in a goalless draw with Chile in September and a 2-0 victory in November.

    La Roja finished seventh, meaning they just missed out on a play-off spot, but felt Ecuador should be expelled from the World Cup at their expense.

    However, after looking into the claims made by ANPF, FIFA rejected the appeal last month and confirmed Ecuador will keep their place in Qatar.

    Chile are continuing to push their case, though, with their general secretary Jorge Yunge confirming that a fresh appeal will be lodged.

    “We are completely sure about the conclusions of our investigations,” Yunge said in a statement.

    “It’s absolutely clear the player uses an adulterated Ecuadorean document.

    What is at stake here is not just a place in the 2022 World Cup, but the entire principle of fair play.

    ” Ecuador have been drawn in Group A at the World Cup, which begins in November, alongside Senegal, the Netherlands and hosts OLAL(
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  •  Cartel Steps Up Police Attacks as Colombia Transfer of Power Approaches
    Cartel Steps Up Police Attacks as Colombia Transfer of Power Approaches
     Cartel Steps Up Police Attacks as Colombia Transfer of Power Approaches
    Cartel Steps Up Police Attacks as Colombia Transfer of Power Approaches
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Cartel Steps Up Police Attacks as Colombia Transfer of Power Approaches

    A dozen police officers have been killed and dozens more injured in recent weeks at the hands of Colombia's most powerful drug gang, the Clan del Golfo.

    The group has been sowing terror in the country since May, when its boss Darío Antonio Úsuga, known as “Otoniel,” was extradited to the United States to face trafficking charges.

    But those attacks have intensified even more recently as Colombia moves closer to the August 7 transfer of power from conservative President Iván Duque to former leftist guerrilla Gustavo Petro, who has vowed to negotiate with criminal gangs in a bid to end a conflict. decades in return. for more lenient sanctions.

    “They are (carrying out attacks) with the sole intention of positioning themselves for political negotiations. This cannot be accepted,” warned Defense Minister Diego Molano.

    Since the beginning of the year, 25 police officers have been killed by the Clan del Golfo, almost half of them in the last month, according to authorities. Another 60 officers have been injured in dozens of attacks with firearms and explosives.

    And three police officers were killed this week in separate attacks by suspected gang members, according to authorities.

    “They attack patrols from behind…it's unacceptable,” Molano said.

    Authorities say the Clan del Golfo, which is made up of former right-wing paramilitary members, has launched an "armed attack" following Otoniel's extradition.

    According to the police, the Clan offers between 1,000 and 5,000 dollars for each murder of a member of the security forces.

    It's a tactic reminiscent of the one used by the late cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 1990s as part of his "pistol plan" of open war against the state.

    At least five members of the Clan have been killed and a dozen have been captured in the police counter-offensive.

    Potential Surrender Since the historic victory of a left-wing candidate in the second round of presidential elections in June, security forces have been the target of 75 attacks by members of the Clan and other groups, according to the Resource Center for Analysis. of Conflicts (CERAC).

    The clan "is escalating the violence to present itself, in a possible negotiation, as a group that can offer a de-escalation," CERAC director Jorge Restrepo told AFP.

    Otoniel had indicated in 2018 that he was willing to turn himself in and the then president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for signing a peace agreement with the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, began to organize the process.

    But it never came to fruition and the Clan continued to traffic cocaine.

    When authorities captured the drug lord in October after months of chasing him through the jungle, Duque declared the end of the Clan del Golfo, but since then the cartel has been more active than ever.

    According to independent estimates, the Clan can count on 3,000 combatants and collaborators.

    A letter began circulating last week in which the Clan and other armed groups involved in cocaine trafficking declared that they were ready to declare a ceasefire on August 7 before eventual disarmament.

    Authorities have not confirmed the authenticity of the letter, but Foreign Minister-elect Álvaro Leyva said he was aware of the document.

    However, a collective surrender seems implausible "unless there is a big enough incentive for these groups to turn themselves in ... something that allows them to avoid extradition or keep their wealth," Restrepo said.

    Petro has also opened up the possibility of suspending the extradition of drug traffickers who "peacefully dismantle" their operations.

    He has admitted, yes, that it depends on "a negotiation with the United States", which has not ruled on the possibility.

    Despite nearly five decades fighting drug trafficking alongside US authorities, Colombia remains the world's largest producer of cocaine and the United States its largest consumer.

  •  YouTube picks Joeboy Black Sherif others for 2022 Foundry Class
    YouTube picks Joeboy, Black Sherif, others for 2022 Foundry Class
     YouTube picks Joeboy Black Sherif others for 2022 Foundry Class
    YouTube picks Joeboy, Black Sherif, others for 2022 Foundry Class
    General news3 weeks ago

    YouTube picks Joeboy, Black Sherif, others for 2022 Foundry Class

    YouTube Music says it has picked Joeboy and Black Sherif out of 30 artists from 15 countries for this year’s Foundry Class.

    YouTube Artist Partnerships Lead, Naomi Zeichner said, in a statement on Tuesday,  that the class featured artists from different genres.

    Joeboy and Black Sheriff represent Nigeria and Ghana respectively at the class.

    Zeichner said, the programme aimed at assisting the artists  build sustainable careers on their own, was created in 2015 and had so far supported 250 independent artists.

    She said that  Foundry artists were recognised for their storytelling, innovative approach to music and viewed as the next generation entertainers.

    ‘’It is no small task to be an artist in 2022, working to find stability, fulfillment, and fans.

    ‘’Foundry Class celebrates the courage of independent artists and the communities that surround them,’’ she said.

    According to her, the 2022 Foundry Class reinforces YouTube’s commitment to supporting Sub-Saharan artists as next generation global music stars.

    She said that the programme would ensure the artists  had a successful music career.

    SSA YouTube Music Lead, Addy Awofisayo said that YouTube believed that lowering the barrier to entry would unlock the opportunities for music artists to create and connect with a global audience.

    Awofisayo  said Foundry would assist the  artists in navigating a new increasingly digital industry to connect with fans and generate revenue.

    She said that Foundry was designed for independent artists, who had a vision for their own success and to help them navigate the demands of today’s music industry.

    According  to her, YouTube provides partner strategy support, marketing promotion, and seed funding for content development that can be used for video creation formats.

    The 15 countries represented at the Foundry Class 2022 are United States, Germany,  Brazil, South Korea, Ghana,  Nigeria, Mexico,  Australia,  United Kingdom, Colombia, France, Japan, India, Canada,  Netherlands. 

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