In a move seen as a strategic bold step to achieve an audit of its community leaders on the African continent, Facebook is pooling together 40 young leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa, to a two-day event in Accra, Ghana, titled “Celebrating Icons of Change”, Cyber Era Online(www.cyberera.com.ng) learns.
Taking place on 23rd and 24th August, the event aims to celebrate Africa’s next generation of leaders and innovators, as well as provide them opportunities to network, connect and create positive dialogue. Facebook also created a short film featuring five of the participants in their home country – titled ‘Icons of Change’
With attendees coming from 15 countries from Sub-Saharan African, participants will consist of Facebook Community Leaders, Developer Circle Leads, entrepreneurs, SMBs, as well as future change makers from the Africa Leadership University (ALU).
Attendees represent countries from the region, including Ghana, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Botswana, DRC, South Africa, Cameroon and Zambia, and include:
Facebook Community Leaders who have started Facebook Groups dedicated to a topic or collective experience, and are having a positive impact in their community. Martin Beck Nworah, for example, oversees a community of more than 100,000 members on the Tale of Nigerians page, while Gameli Adzaho from Ghana, runs GLabGhana – a community group who brings together students, teachers, researchers, scientists and science enthusiasts to network, learn and share scientific knowledge, for the good of humanity.
Facebook Communications Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo commented: “I’m so proud that we’re bringing the first event of its kind for Facebook to the Continent and to Ghana. At Facebook, we see our role as supporting and investing in various communities here on the continent, in particular the youth. This event is about celebrating those people, the amazing talent, innovation and businesses we’re seeing emerge, and the young people who are accelerating this growth, and building an incredible future for the Continent. It’s a privilege for us to be able to bring together 40 icons of change, and we look forward to what the two days will hold.”