The internet is undefeated. The internet also has created a new playing field for creatives from all categories to share their work. With a mix of good and bad bubbling to the top, the internet has afforded us a safe space to create a narrative that tells our stories in the proper voice.
Fortunately, there are groups giving out awards for the efforts of these individuals. The Shorty Awards will be celebrating their 9th year and recognize the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across multiple social channels and the web.
Here are the Africans that were nominated that you should know or get to know!
Arts & Entertainment
Cynthia Erivo – Actress – British Nigerian
Most Notable: The Color Purple on Broadway
Issa Rae – Actress – Senegalese American
Most Notable: Awkward Black Girl and HBO’s Insecure
John Adegboyega – Actor – British -Nigerian
Most Notable: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Demi Audejuyigbe – Comedy – American Nigerian
Most Noteable: Vine/Twitter/Podcaster
Creative & Media
Olivier Rousteing – Fashion
Most Notable: Creative Director Balmain
Marcus Samuelsson – Food – Swedish Ethiopian
Most Notable: Top Chef Masters Owner Red Rooster Harlem and Streetbird Rotisserie
Evelyn From the Internets – Breakout Youtuber – American Kenyan
Most Notable: Beyoncé Tour Feature
KSI – Olajide Olatunji – YouTuber of the Year – British Nigerian
Most Notable: YouTube
View the finalists here
The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be live in NYC & streaming April 23rd.
Comment below on who you would’ve added to the list.