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

Team Internet

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.

 

 

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