Facebook organised an event called the “Icons of Change” to celebrate 40 young people selected from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in Accra. These young Africans including developers, entrepreneurs, and leaders, held the two-day event in Accra.
The Icons of Change event had the aim of commending the next generation of leaders and innovators of Africa. It also provided the opportunity to network and connect with other innovators from other parts of the region.
The 40 participants of the events were selected from 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The two days of the event was all about networking and holding leadership and digital skills workshops.
Participants were also given the chance to give back to the local communities in Accra. They did this by hosting workshops such as Coding for Kids. They also held mentorship sessions for other young, up-and-coming small and medium-scale businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Communications Manager for Facebook in the Sub-Saharan region, Kezia Anim-Addo commented that they were proud that they were “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.”
She also added that event, which took place August 23 & 24, 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. It’s a privilege for us to be able to bring together 40 icons of change.”
The countries in which the attendees were selected from included Ghana, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Botswana, DRC, South Africa, Cameroon, and Zambia.
Also, included were Facebook Community Leaders who have started Facebook Groups dedicated to a topic or collective experience. People from Facebook Developer Circle leads, a community-driven initiative for developers, were also part of the event.