Facebook today announced the winners of the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program, highlighting the 13 Facebook community leaders from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
The winners, who include the Teachers’ Notice Board Kenya and Wanderlust Diaries Ltd in Kenya will receive training, mentorship and up to $50,000 USD in funds to invest in an initiative that extends their community’s positive impact.
The Community Accelerator is part of Facebook’s Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Leaders will learn how to harness the power of their community to turn impactful ideas into action. This year’s cohort features a diverse spectrum of communities engaged in interesting social impact activities ranging from combating child sexual abuse to helping moms and sharing stories of ordinary and extraordinary Nigerians from around the world.
Teachers’ Notice Board Kenya by Sam Mwaniki is a group geared towards bringing together teachers, trainees and tutors from all Teacher Training Colleges in Kenya to build relationships, share job vacancies and promote businesses. On the other hand, Wanderlust Diaries Ltd Amakove Wala brings together a community of travellers to share stories.
“We are excited to announce the 13 Facebook community leaders in Africa who have been helping to resolve social challenges, empowering their audiences with knowledge while connecting with others that share their interests or passion for a cause.” Kiran Yoliswa, Partner Management Lead, Middle East and Africa Community Partnerships at Facebook said .
Yoliswa added: At Facebook, we are committed to helping people realise their full potential through initiatives like this. We want these community leaders to use the Facebook platform to drive change and provide support and encouragement for thousands of people. We are impressed with the outcome of this year’s Community Accelerator and we look forward to helping our 2021 community Accelerator winners amplify their influence for greater work.