Facebook celebrates African Youth as ‘Icons of Change’
Facebook brought together 40 young leaders, developers, entrepreneurs and change makers from fifteen African countries for a two-day event in Accra to celebrate their contributions to effect change with their skills and abilities.
The event, “Celebrating Icons of Change”, is aimed at celebrating Africa’s next generation of leaders and innovators, whilst providing opportunities for them to network, connect, and create positive dialogue.
The participants were Facebook community leaders, developer circle leaderss, entrepreneurs, small and medium businessess, as well as future change makers from the Africa Leadership University (ALU).
The Deputy Minister of Communications, Vincent Sowah Odotei, addressing the youth last week in Accra, said he was grateful the youth were showing more use of technology to better themselves, as well as the exhibition of the ‘Can do Spirit’ in trying to succeed.
He said the fourth industrial revolution had ushered in the digital age, which provides many opportunities which are yet to be tapped to the benefit of the world and its citizens at large.
According to him, Ghana is focused on developing the digital skills of the youth to create critical minds for the country’s development, adding: “We want to grow the software industry in Ghana to be able to develop home-grown digital solutions for the African market.”
Interventions designed to power the youth to establish their own businesses are increasingly part of the youth-oriented agenda of this country, and with a high level of unemployment, entrepreneurship is the way to go to engage the youth in creating their own employment opportunities, while also generating more opportunities for the others.
Facebook Communication Manager-Sub-Saharan Africa, KeziaAnim-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.”
Attendees represented 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 are having a positive impact in their communities.
Martin Beck Nworah, for example, oversees a community of more than 100,000 members on the Tale of Nigerianspage, while Gameli Adzaho from Ghana runs GLabGhana – a community group which brings together students, teachers, researchers, scientists and science enthusiasts to network, learn, and share scientific knowledge, for the good of humanity.