12 FB LEADERS
Facebook selects four Nigerians and other Africans as community leaders.- Hauwa Ojeifo, Tony Onuk, Eyitayo Ogunmola, and Abiodun Aderen have all been chosen by Facebook for its community accelerator’s program – The successful Nigerians were chosen out of a large pool of applicants following the call for submissions is March 2020 – During the six months program, successful applicants will be learning from world experts on how to build their communities.
Facebook has selected 12 African leaders for its community accelerator initiative, a program that will run for the duration of 6 months. It should be noted that the project’s main aim is to help communities with funding, mentorship, training so that they can grow.
The leadership program was launched in 2018 as a way to invest in leaders who are working on building viable communities around the world in order to bring about sustainable change.
Before the selection, people were called to apply in March 2020. Following that announcement, Facebook received a total number of 77 submissions, out of which 12 were selected from Sub-Saharan Africa. Participants will get great funding and support The program will be releasing up to $3 million and will give each of the participants $30,000 (N11,607,600). The chosen leaders will use the first of three months of the program to learn from experts on how to better their communities. The later part of the program will be used to teach them how to execute their plans with great support from the project.
Community leaders selected from across Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa as part of the Facebook Community Accelerator include:
- Hauwa Ojeifo, She Writes Woman (Nigeria) – In 2016, Hauwa created “Safe Place Nigeria” to provide a stigma and judgment-free space for young people to talk about mental health-related issues. It has become a community for young people to learn, feel connected, get support and feel a sense of belonging
- Bright Shiitemii, Mental360 (Kenya) – Mental 360 was started in 2016 to give youth a safe platform to learn about mental health and illness and to access affordable holistic solutions. It is a non-partisan non-discriminatory space where youth can grow their emotional wellness, grow their network and get peer support
- Lauren Dallas, Future Females (South Africa) – founded in 2017 with a mission to increase the number of female entrepreneurs and support their success. They have become the go-to destination for aspiring and early-stage female entrepreneurs to receive the inspiration, education, and support needed to build profitable businesses online
- Tony Onuk, The Root Hub (Nigeria) – Roothub was started in 2014 to provide a safe space for youths to build their ideas, grow their businesses, and access support
- Esther Mwikalii, Metta NBO (Kenya) – founded in 2015 as an entrepreneurs’ network with the goal of bringing together founders, policymakers and investors to collaborate
- Refilwe Nkomo, Visual Arts Network South Africa (South Africa) – established in 2007 as a support point and development agency for contemporary art practice in South Africa. It aspires to be a dynamic and resilient network-based organization contributing to growth, innovation, and opportunities in the arts
- Eyitayo Ogunmola, Utiva (Nigeria) – Utiva is a decentralized ecosystem that helps Nigerians access technology skills and trainings regardless of their location and internet barrier
- Naadiya Moosajee, WomEng (South Africa) – a social enterprise aimed at attracting, developing and nurturing the next generation of women engineering leaders
- Abiodun Adereni, Helpmum (Nigeria) – started in 2017, HelpMum tackles maternal and infant mortality in remote rural areas in Nigeria, and provides Clean Birth Kits for hygienic delivery to pregnant women, immunization reminders and health information to nursing mothers
- dillion Phiri, Creative Nestlings (South Africa) ) – Launched in February 2011, dillion s. Phiri founded Creative Nestlings to connect young African creatives to each other, to opportunities and to resources, democratizing how young African creatives connect, get paid, learn and grow
- Rufaro Mudimu, Enke (South Africa) – “enke”, meaning ‘ink’ in Setswana, started in 2009 to bridge socioeconomic inequality by bringing young people together and equipping them with the skills and experiences to improve their lives. “enke” connects, equips and inspires young people to make their mark, authoring a positive future for themselves and their communities
- Tariro Bure, MINDS (South Africa) – MINDS was founded in 2010 as a platform rooted in cultural heritage and knowledge systems for youth to reclaim their African identities and transform the continent. It has become a movement of youth and crucial stakeholders which aspires to shape policy, foster economic development, and enhance the evolution of African institutions