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It’s abnormal as no business can survive in Nigeria without generators- Akinwumi Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), says the lack of reliable power supply is affecting the growth of industries in Nigeria.

Adesina said this on Tuesday while speaking at the 49th annual general meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Abuja. Barristerng.com reports

Quoting a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Adesina said the country loses $29 billion annually, which is about 5.8 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) due to a lack of reliable power supply.

He also added that Nigerians spend $14 billion yearly on generators and fuel.

“Today, no business can survive in Nigeria without generators. Consequently, the abnormal has become normal,” Adesina said.

“Traveling on a road one day in Lagos, I saw an advertisement on a billboard which caught my attention. It was advertising generators, with the bold statement “we are the nation’s number one reliable power supplier!”

Adesina said the manufacturing sector in Nigeria is faced with numerous challenges; chief among them is power supply.

“To be a manufacturer in Nigeria is not an easy business. You succeed not because of the ease of doing business, but by surmounting several constraints that limit industrial manufacturing,” he said.

“Today, the major challenge facing Nigeria’s manufacturing is the very high cost and unreliability of electricity supplies. Load shedding and the inconsistent availability of electrical power have resulted in high and uncompetitive manufacturing costs.”

Noting that Nigeria focuses on the model of import substitution, he lamented that the manufacturing sector represents only three percent of total revenue from exports, but accounts for 50 percent of imports.

He advised the country to create wealth through a greater export market and value diversification.

The AfDB president further said that unless Nigeria decisively tackles its energy deficiency and reliability, its industries will always remain uncompetitive.

“There should be massive investments in variable energy mixes, including gas, hydropower resources, and large scale solar systems to ensure stable baseload power for industries, to direct power preferentially to industries, and to support industrial mini-grids to concentrate power in industrial zones,” he added.

“In addition, we should develop more efficient utilities, reducing technical and non-technical losses in power generation, transmission and distribution systems.”

Adesina explained that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) presented a huge opportunity for Nigeria to drive an export-driven industrial manufacturing pathway.

He said Nigeria should respect the rule of law for illegal imports not to happen.

“The size of the free trade zone, with a collective GDP of 3.3 trillion dollars, makes it the largest free trade zone in the world by the number of countries,” he said.

“We must be ready to seize the opportunity and become a key player based on our massive potential.”

 

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Top 50 Women in Corporate Africa Revealed after Data-Driven Research

In a major virtual summit with over 1,000 high-level attendees, Africa.com revealed the names of the 50 most senior women in Corporate Africa. The Africa.com Definitive List of Women CEOs is distinguished in that it is data-driven. The researchers started by working with data provided by Bloomberg and evaluating the over 1,400 companies listed on the 24 African stock exchanges.

The list yielded many more women from South Africa than any other African country, followed by Nigeria and Kenya.  The finance sector had more women CEOs than any other sector, followed closely by technology.  Africa.com Managing Director Laura Joseph said, “FIve companies had more than one woman on the list: Bidvest, Microsoft, Old Mutual, Sonatel, and Sanlam.”

The methodology includes three sections: 1) CEOs of African exchange-listed companies with a market cap over $150 million USD; 2) division heads of African exchange-listed companies where the division itself would be valued at over $150 million were it standalone; and 3) Africa region heads, or country heads, of globally listed companies with a market cap of over $50 billion.

Africa.com Chair and Executive Editor Teresa Clarke said, “The list has started a movement to give African women something larger to aspire to run a large, complex business – not just SMEs as is often the focus of women in business.”

 

Click here (https://bit.ly/3FRe5Ji) to watch a dynamic short video that profiles the women CEOs.

 

The Africa.com 2021 Definitive List of Women CEOs

Rank

Name

Title

Company

Country

Stock Exchange

Market Cap

1

Natascha Viljoen CEO Anglo American Platinum South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$37.6 billion USD

2

Mpumi Madisa CEO / Executive Director Bidvest Group South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$3.6 billion USD

3

Lizé Lambrechts CEO / Executive Director Santam South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$1.9 billion USD

4

Miriam Olusanya Managing Director Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd Nigeria Nigeria Stock Exchange

$1.4 billion USD

5

Jane Karuku Group Managing Director and CEO East African Breweries Ltd Kenya Nairobi Stock Exchange

$1.2 billion USD

6

Helena Conradie CEO Satrix 40 South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$650 million USD

7

Leila Fourie CEO JSE South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$640 million USD

8

Ruth Zaipuna CEO NMB Bank Tanzania Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange

$505 million USD

9

Nathalie Alquier CEO Centrale Danone Morocco Casablanca Stock Exchange

$500 million USD

10

Catherine Lesetedi Group Chief Executive Officer Botswana Insurance Holdings Botswana Botswana Stock Exchange

$445 million USD

11

Mansa Nettey Chief Executive Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Ghana Stock Exchange

$425 million USD

12

Anne Juuko CEO Stanbic Bank Holdings Uganda Uganda Securities Exchange

$370 million USD

13

Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane Managing Director Absa Bank Botswana Ltd Botswana Botswana Stock Exchange

$346 million USD

14

Jackie van Niekerk CEO Attacq Ltd South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$323 million USD

15

Jalila Mezni CEO Société d’Articles Hygiéniques LILAS Tunisia Bourse de Tunis Stock Exchange

$304 million USD

16

Amelia Beattie CEO Liberty Two Degrees South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$281 million USD

17

Mercia Geises CEO SBN Holdings Ltd (Standard Bank) Namibia Namibian Stock Exchange

$277 million USD

18

Rebecca Miano Managing Director and CEO Kenya Electricity Generating Kenya Nairobi Stock Exchange

$275 million USD

19

Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun VP, Managing Director Oulmes Morocco MC/Casablanca Stock Exchange

$230 million USD

20

Diane Karusisi CEO BK Group PLC Rwanda Rwanda Stock Exchange

$205 million USD

21

Nasim Devji Group CEO and Managing Director Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Nairobi Stock Exchange

$178 million USD

22

Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe Managing Director and CEO Fidelity Bank Nigeria Nigerian Stock Exchange

$165 million USD

DIVISION HEADS

23

Kanyisa Mkhize CEO Sanlam Corporate Sanlam South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$8.6 billion USD

24

Vivien McMenamin CEO South Africa Mondi South Africa South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$7.7 billion USD

25

Nevine Wefky President of Corporate Credit and Investment Commercial International Bank Egypt Egyptian Exchange

$5.7 Billion USD

26

Yolisa Phahle CEO General Entertainment and Connected Video The MultiChoice Group South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$3.8 billion USD

27

Kerrin Land Managing Director, Personal Finance & Wealth Management Old Mutual South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$3.7 billion USD

28

Prabashini Moodley Managing Director Old Mutual Corporate South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$3.7 billion USD

29

Hannah Sadiki Bidvest Financial Services CEO Bidvest Financial Services South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$3.6 billion USD

30

Ramatoulaye Diallo Shagaya Managing Director Orange Finances Mobile Services Sonatel Senegal Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières

$2.2 billion USD

31

Aminata Kane Ndiaye CEO Orange Sierra Leone Sonatel Senegal Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières

$2.2 billion USD

32

Kerry Cassel CEO Financial Services Sector Motus Holdings South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$1.1 billion USD

33

Anet Ahern CEO PSG Asset Management PSG Konsult South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange

$819 million USD

34

Nanees Adel CSH Managing Director Cleopatra Hospital Egypt Egyptian Exchange

$468 million USD

35

Hélène Echevin CEO, CIEL Healthcare CIEL Mauritius Stock Exchange of Mauritius

$166 million USD

REGIONAL HEADS

36

Teju Ajani Managing Director Nigeria Apple Nigeria NASDAQ

$2.1 trillion USD

37

Juliet Ehimuan Director West Africa Google Nigeria NASDAQ

$2.1 trillion USD

38

Kendi Ntwiga-Nderitu Country Lead Kenya Microsoft Kenya NASDAQ

$1.9 trillion USD

39

Lillian Barnard CEO South Africa Microsoft South Africa NASDAQ

$1.9 trillion USD

40

Nunu Ntshingila Regional Director, Africa Facebook South Africa NASDAQ

$836 billion USD

41

Aida Diarra Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa VISA Inc South Africa New York Stock Exchange

$466 billion USD

42

Chantal Umutoni Kagame CEO MTN Rwanda Rwanda Rwanda Stock Exchange

$361 billion USD

43

Yvonne Ike Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Bank of America Nigeria New York Stock Exchange

$332 billion USD

44

Cathy Smith MD Sub-Saharan Africa SAP South Africa Frankfurt Stock Exchange

$171 billion USD

45

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu CEO Nigeria and Ghana Citibank Nigeria New York Stock Exchange

$151 billion USD

46

Mariam Kane-Garcia CEO South Africa & Executive VP Southern Africa TotalEnergies South Africa Euronext

$122 billion USD

47

Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh Regional Head North, East. and West Africa IBM Ghana NASDAQ

$119 billion USD

48

Brenda Mbathi President GE East Africa General Electra Kenya New York Stock Exchange

$111 billion USD

49

Mpumi Zikalala Managing Director, de Beers Group Managed Operations De Beers Group South Africa De Beers

$61 billion USD

50

Taelo Mojapelo CEO and Vice President British Petroleum Southern Africa South Africa LSE/London Stock Exchange

$59 billion USD

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Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures on its platforms

Facebook Inc(FB.O) will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week.

The social media company, which allows more critical commentary of public figures than of private individuals, is changing its approach on the harassment of journalists and “human rights defenders,” who it says are in the public eye due to their work rather than their public personas.

Facebook is under wide-ranging scrutiny from global lawmakers and regulators over its content moderation practices and harms linked to its platforms, with internal documents leaked by a whistleblower forming the basis for a U.S. Senate hearing last week.

How Facebook, which has about 2.8 billion monthly active users, treats public figures and content posted by or about those figures has been an area of intense debate. In recent weeks, the company’s “cross-check” system, which the Wall Street Journal reported has the effect of exempting some high-profile users from usual Facebook rules, has been in the spotlight.

Facebook also differentiates between public figures and private individuals in the protections it affords around online discussion: for instance, users are generally allowed to call for the death of a celebrity in discussions on the platform, as long as they do not tag or directly mention the celebrity. They cannot call for the death of a private individual, or now a journalist, under Facebook’s policies.

The company declined to share a list of other involuntary public figures but said they are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Earlier this year, Facebook said it would remove content celebrating, praising or mocking George Floyd’s death, because he was deemed an involuntary public figure.

Facebook’s Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis said the company was also expanding the types of attacks that it would not allow on public figures on its sites, as part of an effort to reduce attacks disproportionately faced by women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

Facebook will no longer allow severe and unwanted sexualizing content, derogatory sexualized photoshopped images or drawings, or direct negative attacks on a person’s appearance, for example, in comments on a public figure’s profile.

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U.S. Embassy trains over 650 Ethiopian Journalists on Fair and Balanced Reporting

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has trained 650+ Ethiopian broadcast and print journalists and editors on a variety of topics, including fair and balanced reporting on the electoral process and the COVID-19 pandemic.  As part of the U.S. government’s commitment to supporting democratic reforms including excellence in journalism, training focused on transparency and accountability.

A series of 25 week-long workshops designed to empower and educate journalists, the sessions were implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs (CCP) with support from the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and in partnership with the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia and Addis Ababa University’s School of Journalism and Communications.

The workshops, facilitated by renowned Ethiopian journalists and professors, are part of a $450,000 (14,730,000 million birr) investment by the U.S. Embassy to improve civic journalism and coverage of elections and COVID-19.

We were delighted to facilitate such a significant learning and reflection process during this pivotal time for the country and people of Ethiopia

From February 2020 to August 2021, journalists from 66 media houses in 10 regions and city administrations gathered in person to cover topics that included learning how to identify misinformation and adapt reporting techniques with COVID-19 precautions. Staff from five regional and zonal communication affairs offices also participated in the training.

“The U.S. Mission to Ethiopia has been actively supporting all aspects of the historic 2021 elections and Ethiopian media, from technical support to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia and political parties, to sponsoring nationwide debates in the run-up to the election, to training journalists on how to report fairly and accurately on elections with the far-reaching goal of supporting independent media and freedom of expression,” said Ambassador Geeta Pasi.  “We are proud to have been partners throughout this process, and we look forward to continuing to work with civil society and media as the newly-elected government takes office in October 2021.”

“We were delighted to facilitate such a significant learning and reflection process during this pivotal time for the country and people of Ethiopia,” said Simon Heliso, Country Representative of CCP-Ethiopia. “Our facilitators unreservedly shared their expertise but also honored the lived experiences of Ethiopian journalists committed to fair, equitable, and unbiased election reporting,” Simon added.

In addition to the 25 workshops, two U.S. media specialists provided tailored virtual training on investigative journalism techniques to Ethiopian newsrooms from March to May 2021.  A series of COVID-19 online webinars also took place in Fall 2020 as part of this program.

The trainings are one component of a nearly $35 million (1,625,400,000 Birr) U.S. assistance package helping to build the capacity of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, political parties, civil society, and independent media to contribute to a free, fair and peaceful electoral process, ensuring greater transparency and promoting meaningful participation among its citizens. The initiative focuses on inclusion of women, youth, and other traditionally marginalized groups. The United States also supported a limited international election observation effort.

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Meet 16-year-old Trinicious Wesseh, USAID Liberia Mission Director for the Day

Trinicious Wesseh, a 16-year-old 11th grade student at the Levi C. Williams High School in Monrovia took over the role of USAID Liberia Mission Director today.  October 11 was International Day of the Girl Child, and the U.S. Embassy is joining the global community in celebrating this important day by giving Trinicious the opportunity to lead.

After arriving at the Embassy, Trinicious got right to work.  She visited the entire USAID staff and hosted meetings with office directors.  She also attended the weekly USAID senior staff meeting and met with the many other offices in the Embassy.  At the end of her busy day, Trinicious reflected on the impact of the U.S. Mission in Liberia and her opportunity to be part of the team: “USAID is making a very visible impact on the lives of Liberians.  I am very happy I had the opportunity to see and work with the people responsible for USAID work in Liberia, and my stay at USAID will positively affect my career decisions.”

It is a fact that when we invest in girls’ rights and girls’ education, the returns are felt not just in individual households, but in economies as a whole

Trinicious hopes to be a diplomat in the future.  She certainly proved today that she has the potential to accomplish that goal.  After her meeting with Ambassador Michael McCarthy, he noted, “Given what we’ve seen of Trinicious today, we expect great things from her!”  Trinicious is also passionate about girl and women empowerment in Liberia and the rest of the world.  Voices like hers will help lead the international community toward achieving a more equitable society for girls in the future.

USAID Liberia Mission Director Jim Wright noted that there are unfortunately still socials barriers preventing women from being promoted to top jobs, commonly known as a “glass ceiling,” that must be overcome: “I have two daughters, and I want to do everything I can to help break glass ceilings that should not exist.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken recognized the observance of International Day of the Girl Child yesterday: “From the promotion of girls’ education and leadership to the prevention and response to all forms of gender-based violence, the United States is partnering with girls and their communities to advance gender equity and equality and the participation of girls in all aspects of society … We are proud to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child, and today, like every day, the United States stands firm in its long-standing commitment to the empowerment and rights of girls, in all their diversity, because we know that societies in which girls are enabled to be full and free participants are safer, more secure, and more prosperous.”

 

USAID Administrator Samantha Power stressed the broad societal gains that result from investing in girls: “It is a fact that when we invest in girls’ rights and girls’ education, the returns are felt not just in individual households, but in economies as a whole.  But our support for girls is about much more than GDP.  It’s about fostering the livelihoods and dignity of all of our children.”

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President Samia Congratulates Tanzanian Novelist for Winning Nobel Prize

President Samia Suluhu Hassan has congratulated Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah who scooped 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

The prestigious award scooped by the novelist was the honour to both Tanzania and Africa

On her congratulatory message to the Tanzanian icon born in the Isles, the President said: “The prestigious award scooped by the novelist was the honour to both Tanzania and Africa.”

“Congratulations, Mr. Abdulrazak Gurnah for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021. This award is an honor to you, our Nation of Tanzania and Africa,” President Samia tweeted.

The Novelist, Abdulrazak Gurnah was granted the award on Thursday by the Swedish Academy which is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.14 million) equal to 2.6bn/-.

The English Professor wrote 10 novels and several short stories.

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Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah awarded Nobel Prize of Literature

Today, we will celebrate the fifth African to join the illustrious lists of Nobel literature prize winners. Yes… you heard me right, the 2021 Nobel prize for literature has been awarded to the Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah, he is only the fifth African recipient behind Wole Soyinka of Nigeria (1986), Naguib Mahfouz of Egypt (1988), Nadine Gordimer (1991) and J.M. Coetzee (2003) both of South Africa. He is in good company.

To be honest, I had never heard of Abdulrazak Gurnah before the Nobel prize announcement, even though I try to keep up with African authors. Now, I will make sure to check out his most famous book Paradise which had been shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994.

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Gurnah was born on the island of Zanzibar in 1948, before it was joined with Tanganyika to become Tanzania upon independence from Great Britain. He fled his country at the age of 18 and settled in England where he has lived since then. He is the author of numerous short stories and essays, and of as many as 10 novels. Some of his books have been shortlisted (Paradise) or longlisted (By the Sea) for the Booker Prize. He also writes in Swahili. The main focus of his work has been on the effects of colonialism and the fate of refugees as they reach new countries, continents, and cultures.

Cheers to another proud winner of the very prestigious prize, and this proud son of Mama Africa. For more on him, please check out the announcement on the Nobel Prize page, the Guardian, and NPR articles.

Written by DR. Y.

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AFRICA: IRC calls for immediate release of over 5,000 migrants and refugees inLibya

Over 5,000 migrants and asylum seekers have been detained in less than a week in Tripoli; Excessive force has been reported in raids and arbitrary arrests, resulting in at least one fatality and many injuries. Among the detained are hundreds of vulnerable women and children; Almost all those detained have been sent to dangerously overcrowded detention centers with insufficient access to food and basic services.

Following unprecedented raids in western Libya, detained migrants are reporting grave mistreatment, violence and a lack of access to basic services, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) warns.

In the last few days, more than 5,000 migrants have been sent to Libya’s infamous detention centers in what the Libyan authorities have described as a security campaign against undocumented migration and drug trafficking.

There have been multiple reports of excessive force used in the raids and arbitrary arrests, resulting in at least one fatality, many injured and the demolition of people’s homes. Among the detained are hundreds of vulnerable women and children.

Detention centers have been taking in much larger numbers than their true capacity. Libya’s largest Detention Center, Al Mabani, is currently holding more than 4,000 people – four times its official capacity. Shara Zawaya Detention Center, designated for women and children only, has increased from just 71 people at the beginning of September to more than 520 today. Among these are more than 175 children, including 47 babies.

IRC staff who have since visited some of the detention centers report dire conditions due to extreme overcrowding and a lack of basic services including access to clean water, sanitation and food. In one of the detention centers, hundreds of detainees are currently locked in an open yard with no roof to protect them. Forced to sleep on the floor without enough mattresses or blankets, some detainees reported that they have only been fed one meal per day since being arrested nearly one week ago.

Tom Garofalo, the IRC’s Country Director in Libya, said:

We are extremely concerned about the critical and heartbreaking conditions migrants face in what are now dangerously overcrowded detention centers

“We are extremely concerned about the critical and heartbreaking conditions migrants face in what are now dangerously overcrowded detention centers.”

“Our teams have heard reports of people being forced to use the floor on which they sleep as a toilet because they are not being allowed to access the latrines outside their cells.” 

“We are particularly concerned about the potential spread of infectious diseases in such confined and unhygienic conditions. Our teams have already identified cases of Tuberculosis amongst those recently arbitrarily detained, while there have also been suspected cases of COVID-19.”

“With more raids continuing, and the numbers of vulnerable migrants detained likely to rise, it is only a matter of time before the detention centers reach a breaking point.”

It is not just the thousands of migrants and refugees recently detained who are in urgent need of assistance, the agency warns. Hundreds more migrants and refugees living in the Tripoli area are currently in hiding due to fears that they too will be arbitrarily arrested. Those in hiding are requesting urgent support, such as food, water and medicine. Yet due to the ongoing raids, humanitarian agencies are unable to reach them.

An IRC staff member who spoke to a family in hiding said:

“People are staying locked in their houses. Many have been without food for the past four days and are now starving. They are afraid to leave as the area is surrounded by police forces. They tell me that they are scared and want to know how they can survive.”

The IRC is calling on the Libyan authorities to take appropriate measures to protect migrants and refugees from further violence and arbitrary detention. The ongoing raids are likely to push extremely vulnerable people into the arms of trafficking networks as desperate migrants and refugees attempt to flee potential arrest and detention.

We urge the authorities to immediately release the most vulnerable, particularly women and children; and pending the release of all those arbitrarily detained, we request that safe and unimpeded access is guaranteed for humanitarian actors providing lifesaving assistance to detained populations.

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Africa: Facebook announces winners of 2021 Community Accelerator Program

Facebook (Facebook.com) today announced the winners of the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program, highlighting the 13 Facebook community leaders from Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya who 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 13 winners emerged out of over 13,000 applicants who entered the competition.

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.

“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 . “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.”

Community leaders from across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa as part of the Facebook Community Accelerator include:

Achimugu Elizabeth, Protect The Child Foundation (bit.ly/3owl1W5) (Nigeria) – Protect The Child Foundation is committed to protecting and defending the innocence of children against all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. Our vision is to have a world that is safe for children to live in. A world free from child sexual abuse and all forms of abuse.

Godwin Juliet, Naija Graphic Designers (bit.ly/3uJMepb) (Nigeria) – Established in 2008, this creative community connects the graphic design industry in Nigeria and beyond with the aim of supporting, up-skilling and offering opportunities for graphic designers to raise industry standards. The community connects employers with freelancers, as well as supporting women creatives.

Izevbokun Osamakue, Mothers, Kids And More (MKM) (bit.ly/3ixVIyW) (Nigeria) – Impactful community empowering Nigerian and African women (and their children) to help each other to progress in their personal and professional lives. The community’s aim is to extract and recognise the potential within and without, and empower women to reach out to other women when they need help. Their long-term mission is to have the opportunity to have a centre where women can come in and get empowered.

Michael Louisa, Natural Hair Babes (bit.ly/3ozC21n) (Nigeria) – Large community focused on natural hair, sisterhood and cultural and economic empowerment for Nigerian women and girls. They created an entrepreneurial sales network in November 2020 when we launched our flagship product, a natural hair herb which is very effective in the maintenance of natural hair, so far, 160 women have been empowered as distributors.

We want these community leaders to use the Facebook platform to drive change and provide support and encouragement for thousands of people

Mwaniki Sam, Teachers’ Notice Board Kenya (bit.ly/3BfVvrs) (Kenya) – This group is geared towards national cohesion and integration by bringing together teachers, trainees and tutors from all Teacher Training Colleges in Kenya to build relationships, share job vacancies and promote businesses.

Nworah Martin, Tales of Nigerians (bit.ly/2ZYPOR7) (Nigeria) –  Tales of Nigerians is an emotional support and mental wellness community where members have a safe space to share their real life experiences. Through community events, trainings’ and on-ground outreach, we have directly impacted around 20,000 members. Our positive impact for the long-term is to continue equipping our growing members with the right tools to grow their emotional intelligence, mental wellness and synergy with other members.

Ogudoro Peter, Nigerian Teachers (bit.ly/3AcSc34) (Nigeria) –  This community for Nigerian teachers has the big ambition of changing the country’s education system one teacher at a time. Community is made up primarily of teachers who are not receiving good training services from their employers for the very important jobs they do. The  community is focused on helping them to acquire the skills they need to make Nigeria’s education system globally competitive.

Olisa Enoch, Prepare for JAMB UTME (bit.ly/3DdoXPp) (Nigeria) – Prepare for JAMB UTME helps students prepare for Nigeria’s university admission exam with learning resources and news. Their long-term mission is to have all the learning resources (exam syllabus, quizzes, study notes, videos, question and answer forum) all in one place, which members should be able to access freely or through a subscription service.

Philip Udeochu, Portfolio 9 (Community) (bit.ly/3AdGViT) (Nigeria) – is a Digital Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Platform (DEEP) with a mandate to bring entrepreneurship and vocational education to people at the bottom of the pyramid in Africa using social media. P9’s mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible by ‘simplifying’ and ‘innovatively’ delivering it to everyone’s doorstep through collective and interactive learning and support, using social media systems and tools. P9 has supported the learning needs of a growing community of over 500k members (currently).

Ramuada Tshililo, South African Arts & Culture Youth Forum (bit.ly/3AoNlvX) (South Africa) – SAACYF is a community that trains and empowers underprivileged artists from township and rural areas in South Africa through partnership with other organisations, businesses and governments. Their aim is to make Arts, Culture & Heritage opportunities accessible to poor disadvantaged artists through job creation.

Splinters Lucretia, The Official Ocean View/Slangkop Group (bit.ly/3FnB3HU) (South Africa) – Ocean View (originally named Slangkop) was established in 1968 by the apartheid government as a township for forcibly removed coloured people. The community is historically disadvantaged, poverty-stricken and affected by a wide range of social ills. The FB group fosters safety and security, as well as delivering education, hospital care, feeding and community upliftment programmes to empower the local population.

Urhefe Ofejiro, Naija Nurses Forum (bit.ly/2YiBQsy) (Nigeria) – Established in 2012, this is a community for nurses across Nigeria who collaborate in providing quality and accessible healthcare services to individuals, whilst supporting each other and sharing best practices in their profession.

Wala Amakove, Wanderlust Diaries Ltd (bit.ly/2Yso8n5) (Kenya) – brings together a community of travellers to share stories. Founded during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, this mega community of African travellers promotes eco-tourism in Kenya and other African countries as a driver for community development.

To develop their community, all of the selected leaders spent five months learning from experts, coaches, and a customized curriculum. They learned community identity foundations, leading action-oriented programmes and sustainability. They also had early access to new Facebook products aimed at helping communities better manage and activate their members.

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Just In: Facebook, WhatsApp Restored For Globally, Users Data Protected

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger which all went down on Monday afternoon with users worldwide reporting the crashes, have now been restored according to SaharaReporters

It was observed that the sites were restored around 10.45pm after about six hours of crash, cutting off billions of users around the world.

The online services all share an infrastructure and are owned by Facebook, which is owned by American billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the crash started around 16:41BST, according to the website Downdetector. While just two problems were reported at 16:26, the site says, this had jumped to more than 27,000 just fifteen minutes later.

According to The National, users attempting to access Facebook on their browser were shown a blank error page, while those using WhatsApp or Instagram mobile apps were able to view existing content, but nothing new has loaded.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing the Facebook app. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience,” Facebook had said via @facebookapp

Posting on Twitter, which has not seen any issues, the Facebook app had said it was aware of outages affecting “some people”.

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