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YouTube Channel Owners Can Now Receive Donations From Viewers


Big plans are underway at YouTube as they have revealed that new features are on the way to the site. YouTube has come a long way from the simple video sharing platform that it first begun as. Now YouTube serves well over billions of people with quality videos from people all around the world. The new features that YouTube plans to implement are big and may even push the video sharing site farther than ever. This first feature may sound quite familiar to you; its called Fan Funding. Similar to Kickstarter and there funding campaign, YouTube will implement a feature called Fan Funding that will allow viewers of channel owners to make donations. According to the YouTube Creators Blog, “Fans will be able to contribute money to support your channel at any time, for any reason.” The new feature will be tested to a select few people in the US, Mexico, Japan and Australia. To sign up to be one of the select few testers, the sign-up page is available here.

In addition to adding a Fan Funding feature to the site for channel owners, YouTube has launched an app for channel owners that allows them to view statistics, notification, and respond to comments. They also announced that they will be adding 60 frames per second in aid of video gaming channels. “Your video game footage with crazy high frame rates will soon look as awesome on YouTube as it does when you’re playing, when we launch support for 48 and even 60 frames per second in the coming months,” explained the post on the creators blog.

With a new app for content creators and a new features that will make gaming videos better, YouTube will have translated subtitles for videos. “In the coming months, your fans will be able to submit translations in any language based on the subtitles or captions you’ve created, helping you reach even more viewers,” explained the creators blog. In addition to translated subtitles, new features such as sound effects in their audio library, info cards, more ways to create playlist, and “The YouTube 15,” which will be a weekly show on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 hosted by Jenna Marbles. YouTube is also working on a music streaming service to challenge bigger services like Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. YouTubes future plans are currently in the works and we can soon see them implemented as time keeps moving forward. As usual we would like to know your thoughts on these new features YouTube will be adding.


Xbox One finally lets you share game clips on YouTube


A new YouTube app headed to the console today will finally enable gamers to upload recorded gameplay clips directly to their YouTube accounts, Microsoft announced yesterday.

Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 record game sessions and share them with the world. But until now, Xbox One owners could only share videos to Microsoft’s OneDrive or stream their sessions live via Twitch.

The addition of easy YouTube sharing likely won’t win over many new customers for Microsoft, but it’s yet another feature that Sony doesn’t offer in the PlayStation 4 (which can only share videos on Facebook).

The new Xbox One YouTube app also shows videos split-screen in Snap Mode as well as adds YouTube channels to your console’s OneGuide (which also lists TV channels and content from other apps).



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YouTube Rewind reveals most watched videos in Nigeria in 2013

– Ada Ada, Pull Over, Caro, Personally, Jaiye Jaiye, Last flight to Abuja, “Oga at the Top”, Stella Damasus vs. Senator Yerima #girlnotbride make the list.

From videos that got us laughing till we had tears in our eyes, to those that left us angry, worried and curious, this year’s top trending YouTube videos show great that great channels are driving pop culture and becoming a platform for Nigerians to express their deepest emotions.

It’s now that time of the year when we take a look at the videos, channels, and moments that shaped our year. As unpredictable as each year seems to be, it’s clear that trending videos are getting bigger, and the global community responsible for them is driving pop culture unlike ever before.

A look at Nigerian favorite music videos in 2013, reveals that Naija music has indeed found a place in our hearts and on our dance floors. Songs like Ada Ada by Flavour, Caro by Starboy feat L.A.X & Wizkid, Personally by P-Square,  Jaiye Jaiye by Wizkid ft Femi Kuti and Eminado by newly married diva Tiwa Savage ft Don jazzy were some of the most watched music videos in NIgeria in 2013.

The comedy-loving side of the Nigerian was also evident from the list of most viewed videos, with videos like The Interview by NdaniTV and Lagos Big Girl’s Game by VideoHitsShow’s featuring as two of the most watched videos in 2013.

In addition to music and comedy, Nigeria also had its share of highly talked about news content that got everyone sharing, liking and commenting. Videos like the Channels TV’s interview with the NSCDC commandant (popularly referred to as “Oga at the Top”) and the toe-to-toe #girlnotbride conversation between movie celeb Stella Damasus and Senator Yerima on the Al-Jazeera show The Stream were some of the most emotional Nigerian moments on YouTube.

Globally, the world watched the The Fox more than 265 million times, making it the top trending video of 2013. Viewers also made it a top searched Halloween costume, and you’ll maybe even read it as a children’s book. The global public turned out in record-setting numbers to see Psy’s post-Gangnam Style performance on his latest video Gentleman  You watched, listened, and reacted to just about everything Miley Cyrus did. And you made more “Harlem Shake” videos than there are people in Manhattan (1.7 million if you’re counting).

To celebrate all these moments, over 60 top creators on YouTube got together and made a little video:

Behind every great video is a great channel, and the channels behind this year’s top videos have more than 23 million subscribers around the world. Thanks to videos and channels like these, you’re now watching more than 7 billion hours of video every month on YouTube, and uploading a week’s worth of video per minute. And fans of YouTube are truly global — with 80% of views coming from outside the United States.

Check out the YouTube Rewind 2013 Channel for even more top lists of the year from round the world, and stay tuned at next week for Google’s annual look at the people, aplaces and events that captured the world’s attention this year.

For more info, images and video: visit the YouTube Rewind press site:

Top 10 Videos watched in Nigeria in 2013 excluding Music

  1. Last Flight To Abuja – The full movie (Nollywood Movies 2013)
  2. Civil Defence Commandant Can’t Tell His Organisation’s Web Address
  3. EDIDI-(The Bond) – Latest Yoruba Movie 2013 Starring Iyabo Ojo
  4. Stella Damasus and Senator Yerima on Al-Jazeera Network THE STREAM
  5. The Leaked Video Of Gen. Diya Oladipo Pleading With Gen. Sanni Abacha – Oputa Panel
  6. THE LAGOS BIG GIRL’S GAME ( Reanne Opia)
  7. Bling!
  8. How to get married; “Naija” style by Toke Makinwa
  9. The Interview – A tale of Frank Donga
  10. Nigeria – Burkina Faso | CAN Orange 2013 | 21.01.2013

Top 10 Channels in Nigeria in 2013

  2. channelsweb
  3. yorubamagic
  4. mynaijalove
  5. TVNolly
  6. nollywood5star
  7. ndaniTV
  8. DavidoHKNTV
  9. Nollywood5ive
  10. officialiyanya


Top 10 Music Videos watched by Nigerians

  1. Ada Ada [Official Video]  by Flavour
  3. Personally by P-Square
  4. CARO – (Official Video) by Starboy Ft. L.A.X & Wizkid
  5. Jaiye Jaiye (Official Video) by WizKid Ft. Femi Kuti
  6. Sexy Mama [Official Video] by Iyanya Ft. Wizkid
  7. Eminado [Official Video] by Tiwa Savage Ft. Don Jazzy
  8. Stupid love by Olamide
  9. Skelewu (Official Video) by Davido
  10. Emi ni baller (Official Video) by Chidinma Ft. Tha Suspect & IllBliss

Global Top Trending Videos for 2013

  1. Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) by tvnorge
  2. Harlem Shake (original army edition) by kennethaakonsen
  3. How Animals Eat Their Food | MisterEpicMann by MisterEpicMann
  4. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version) by SteveKardynal
  5. baby&me / the new evian film by EvianBabies
  6. Volvo Trucks – The Epic Split feat. Van Damme by VolvoTrucks
  7. YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar) by thelonelyisland
  8. Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise by CarrieNYC
  9. THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading by BadLipReading
  10. Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2 by ERB

Global Top Music Videos for 2013

  1. PSY – GENTLEMAN M/V by officialpsy
  2. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball by MileyCyrusVEVO
  3. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop by MileyCyrusVEVO
  4. Katy Perry – Roar (Official) by KatyPerryVEVO
  5. P!nk – Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess, PinkVEVO
  6. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell by RobinThickeVEVO
  7. Rihanna – Stay ft. Mikky Ekko by RihannaVEVO
  8. Naughty Boy – La La La ft. Sam Smith by NaughtyBoyVEVO
  9. Selena Gomez – Come & Get It by SelenaGomezVEVO
  10. Avicii – Wake Me Up (Official Video) by AviciiOfficialVEVO

Why smartphones can bridge digital divide

Ericsson has released its first regional consumer insight report focusing on trends and analysis of the mobile ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report highlights how mobile phones create and promote connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa from the consumer perspective, covering topics regarding smartphones, the internet, financial services, and applications.

The mobile phone, more specifically the smartphone, has the potential to bridge the digital divide by providing universal access and connectivity to a wider scope of citizens, regardless of location or economic status.

Though basic and feature phones still dominate the market, the research estimated that the smartphone will be key to enabling internet usage and an essential device in connecting personal and professional lives, as well as society at large.

However, growth in the uptake of smartphones, which are presently seen as expensive, is expected to significantly increase, particularly with the anticipated introduction of a smartphone in the USD 50 price range.

Referring to the report, Shiletsi Makhofane, Head of Marketing, Strategy, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa said “Our analysis shows that the entry of low-cost smartphone handsets in the market will allow people from different social classes to benefit from an integrated ecosystem. The smartphone will become key to accessing the internet, which we believe will change the regional status quo and enable a level of connectivity not seen before. Add to this the on-going installation of submarine cables and country/city fiber-optic networks across the continent, and we’ll see a significant increase in the potential for connectivity and supporting infrastructure for greater data consumption.”

This ConsumerLab report also shows that the top three communication services used (other than voice) are sending/receiving SMS messages (72 percent of mobile users), social networking (44 percent of mobile users), and browsing the internet (43 percent of mobile users).

Smartphone users are driving internet use, and are showing strong interest in performing data-intensive mobile activities such as video calling, watching live TV shows, and streaming videos from channels such as YouTube.

Lenovo appoints Ashton Kutcher as product engineer


Multimode computing manufacturer Lenovo today announced a new partnership with Ashton Kutcher at the livestream launch event of the new Yoga Tablet, held at the YouTube Space LA.

In his new role as a Lenovo product engineer, Kutcher will work with the company’s engineering teams around the world to develop and market the Yoga line of tablets by providing input and decision-making into design, specifications, software and usage scenarios.

“This partnership with Lenovo brings together my love of technology and design that makes your life better. I can’t wait to dig in and help Lenovo develop future mobile computing products, starting with the Yoga Tablet,” said Kutcher. “Lenovo is all about innovation and strong leadership. Entrepreneurship is part of their DNA, and I couldn’t ask for a better fit.”

Kutcher currently stars in the CBS comedy, Two and a Half Men, which airs worldwide. He has also gained significant recognition for his technology investments over the past several years and is a co-founder of A-Grade Investments, which has provided venture capital and collaboration for multiple tech companies including Airbnb, Fab, Foursquare, Spotify, Path and Uber.

“Ashton Kutcher’s authentic, creative appetite for technology and keen consumer insight combined with our innovation engine make this a very natural and powerful partnership,” said David Roman, chief marketing officer, Lenovo. “This partnership goes beyond traditional bounds by deeply integrating him into our organization as a product engineer as we look at developing the next wave of products. As we continue to push into new PC Plus product areas and lead in multimode computing, Ashton will help us break new ground by challenging assumptions, bringing new perspective and contributing his technical expertise to Yoga Tablet and other devices.”

The new multimode Yoga Tablet gives people a better way to get the most out of their tablet experience with up to 18 hours of battery life1 and with its three unique modes: hold, tilt and stand. Recognizing that one size does not fit all, Lenovo created the three modes to solve the common challenges that tablet users face.

The Yoga Tablet’s cylindrical handle breaks the mold on “sea of sameness” tablet design, allowing users to more easily hold the tablet to read and browse the Internet, deploy the stand to sit it upright on a surface to watch movies and tilt the tablet down on a surface for a better viewing angle for touchscreen typing and reading.

Hopefully they don’t get Punk’d by him.

Google kicks off ‘Africa Connected’ Competition

$25,000 prizes for five Africans whose lives are ‘powered by the web’


For those who have been positively influenced by the internet, here’s a chance to share your web journey. Google is calling on entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and web-lovers in Nigeria and across Africa to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work.  Whether you’re a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist, if the internet and Google tools have played an important role in your success, Google wants to hear from you.

In the next five years, 7 out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are predicted to be in Africa, and the Internet is playing an important part in this.  Google’s new initiative, ‘Africa Connected: Success stories powered by the web’, aims to gather the largest collection of inspiring stories about ventures established online by Africans, in Africa.  Five successful entrants will win $25,000 each, and will also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over a six-month period.

“Google wants to hear from young, spirited entrepreneurial web adopters in Nigeria and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa who have a healthy disregard for the impossible and who are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things to rise above their circumstances, change their world, and achieve success. We want to showcase the amazing achievements happening in the new Africa”, says AffiongOsuchukwu, Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative.

Aspiring filmmaker, cinematographer and editorAmuwaOluseyiAsurf is one such example. This Nigerian videographer has gone from spending nights in internet cafes, so that he could watch YouTube to teach himself how to edit films, to running a successful film and video production company in Lagos, where he employs 10 people. His company; Asurf Films is today courted by Nigerian celebrities such as Basket Mouth, Iyanya, Wizkid, Psquare and Bovi, to film their music/entertainment videos locally and internationally.

“My journey started with a passion to become a filmmaker. Unfortunately, even though I got admission to some good universities, I couldn’t afford to go. Luckily I was introduced to the internet and to YouTube. I discovered I could learn everything I needed to know online. It feels great to have some of the top celebrities in Nigeria inviting me to their projects. This inspires me to want to become even better. I am still on the journey to becoming one of the top names in African filmmaking, and I know the internet will still continue to play an important role.”


The owner and creator of Afrinolly, ChikeMaduegbuna, based in Nigeria, is another online entrepreneur.  Afrinolly is a popular mobile app which lets people across the continent watch short videos on their mobile devices. This app has transformed Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry by creating a movie trailer platform for new audiences. With over 3 million downloads already since its launch in August 2011, Chike hopes this will create a platform that connects aspiring film professionals with global film industry veterans.

Nigerian judge and radio personality / fashion photographer TemilolaBalogun commented, “The internet is truly helping to reshape the story of Africa, and Nigerians are some of those taking full advantage of its power. Whether you are in technology, agriculture, energy, fashion, education, or entertainment, if the web has transformed your life, and you believe your venture can be scaled up, then the judging panel is looking forward to hearing your story”.

Categories for entries include Education; Entertainment/Arts/Sports; Technology; Community and NGOs; and Small Businesses. 20 semi-finalists will be selected from initial entries to take part in an interview and to produce a short promotional video. A judging panel made up of Googlers and external judges will then determine the 10 finalists.  The 5 winners, in whose lives the web and Google have played a pivotal role,  will then be selected by the online voting public. Submissions are open from August 27, 2013 to October 11, 2013.  The competition will run until February 2014 when the winners will be announced.

Google’s media partners in Nigeria for the Africa Connected initiative include the Steam Broadcasting Group owners of Cool FM, Nigeria Info FM and Wazobia FM, and Thisday Newspapers. The Nigerian representative joining the Africa Connected judging panel is Cool FM radio personality and fashion photographer TemilolaBalogun.

For more information and to enter the Africa Connected contest, visit

The deadline for submissions is October 11, 2013. New to the web? Learn more about the web and Google through this platform, so that you too can do amazing things using the web as your springboard.

Editor Summary

Additional African Case Studies


Film Producer – Nigeria

Asurf has gone from spending nights in internet cafes, so that he could watch YouTube to teach himself how to edit films, to running a successful film and video production company in Lagos, where he employs 10 people. His company is courted by Nigerian celebrities to film their music/entertainment videos locally and internationally.


App Developer – Nigeria

Afrinolly, a company run by ChikeMaduegbuna and his family, created a popular mobile app to enable mobile users in SSA to watch short video content on their mobiles.  This has transformed Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry by creating a platform for featuring movie trailers to a new audience. This ‘Afrinolly’ app has already had over 2 million downloads.


Citizen Journalist – Togo

Noel is a citizen journalist who has utilised YouTube to attract the attention of, and become a correspondent for, international news agencies.  He relies on Google Docs and Google + Hangouts to communicate with both colleagues and news agencies.   

Jewellery Designer – Ghana

Naa has built a successful online store using a website to showcase and sell her handmade Ghanaian jewellery.  Naa learned how to set up a business using Google search and says that Google and the internet have made it possible for her to make a thriving business out of her passion project.  Google analytics also allows her to see trends in her buyers both local and international.


MduNtuli  – South Africa

Mdu grew up loving comics and trained himself as an animator using YouTube tutorials for both 2D and 3D animation.  He now runs a successful YouTube channel showcasing his animated films and he has become a culturally important figure in the community, influencing young people about the ways of the world. He often hears people he doesn’t know quoting material from his films.


Pop Music Group – Kenya

Just a Band, an electro/pop band in Kenya, who used YouTube to learn how to create a new style of Kenyan music with electro influences.  Their innovative sound was initially rejected in Kenya, but they refused to take no for an answer and started sharing their music on YouTube.  Straight away they found a huge fan base and success – so much so that they now regularly travel to play at festivals in the UK, USA, other African countries and all over Europe.  Young musicians now think of them as the ‘Eminent Statesmen’ of Kenyan music.  



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