Facebook celebrates ‘Icons of Change’ from across Sub-Saharan Africa

twitter 292994 640Facebook brought together 40 young leaders, developers, entrepreneurs and change-makers from across sub-Saharan Africa to a two-day event in Accra, Ghana, titled “Celebrating Icons of Change”

The event, which took place on 23-24 August, celebrated Africa’s next generation of leaders and innovators, while providing opportunities for networking, connecting and creating a positive dialogue.

With attendees hailing from 15 countries from across sub-Saharan African, participants were made up of Facebook Community Leaders, Developer Circle Leads, entrepreneurs, SMBs, as well as future change-makers from the Africa Leadership University (ALU).

The attendees were given the opportunity to give back to local communities in Accra by hosting workshops such as coding for kids, and mentorship sessions for other young, up-and-coming SMBs and entrepreneurs.

Kezia Anim-Addo, Facebook Comms Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “At Facebook, we see our role as supporting and investing in various communities here on the continent, in particular, the youth.”

“This event was 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,” he added.

The participants represented countries from the region, including Ghana, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Botswana, DRC, South Africa, Cameroon and Zambia, and included Facebook Community Leaders who set up Facebook Groups dedicated to the topic or collective experience and have a positive impact on their communities.

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