As part of its ongoing celebration of International Women’s Day, and under the banner of this year’s theme #EachforEqual, Facebook honors women from across Africa who have been using their voices to bring people together, build and make significant impact in their communities, while inspiring other women by changing the African narrative.
Platforms like Facebook continue to be an important tool for women business leaders worldwide. These women entrepreneurs establish businesses, create jobs and livelihoods, reach customers they could never have reached before and create change. In Africa, 23 percent of the business leaders surveyed through Facebook are women, starting their businesses for a variety of reasons, including flexible working conditions (4 percent), to pursue a passion or dream (33 percent) or wanting to be their own boss (29 percent).
Below are some of the women from across the continent who are using Facebook’s platforms to create movements for social change, build successful businesses and inspire others:
- Peculiar Ediomo-Abasi (Nigeria): A leading woman in tech who was part of a hackathon team that developed a blockchain solution to address violence against women
- Gertrude Nyenyeshi (Kenya): A gaming enthusiast, web and mobile designer who builds digital skills with her local developer community
- Edidiong Asikpo (Nigeria): A software engineer, developer and leader of Facebook’s Developer Circle in Uyo. She is also part of SheCodeAfrica and Women Will community circles that inspire other women to start careers in technology
Facebook Community Leaders:
- Thitu Kariba (Kenya): Founder of Pregnant and Nursing Mums Support Group, a place where expectant and new mothers in Kenya can find support, advice and develop friendships
- Nadine Maselesele (South Africa): Founder of Salt River High Tutoring and Facebook Community Leadership [Youth] Fellow who built a computer lab for her former high school
- Korie Betty Maru (Kenya): Founder of Digital Farmers Kenya, a group that shares advice and farming technologies so members can start or improve their agri-businesses and sell produce
- Gbemisola Boyede (Nigeria): Founder of Ask the Pediatricians (ATP), a Facebook Group that allows parents to ask pediatricians questions about their children, and which holds regular offline outreach programs to promote good health and well-being of children
- Lusanda Magwape (South Africa): Founder of Dream Factory Foundation, a non-profit that empowers youth-at-risk (13-25 years) to transition successfully into adulthood and make a full contribution to active society
African Founded SMBs
- Caamo Kane (Senegal): Founder of Dakar farmers Market, a farmers craft market that promotes local consumption and the well-being of the community
- Swaady Martin (Pan-Africa): Founder of Yswara, a company that produces and retails extraordinary African teas and accessories created with ingredients from Africa
- Tosin Oshinowo (Nigeria): Founder of Ile-Ila (House of Lines), a furniture line designed and hand-made in Lagos, which brings contemporary furniture into the local market
- Rabia Ghoor (South Africa): Founder of SwiitchBeauty, an internet born beauty brand that develops and sells cosmetics, skincare and beauty tools with product ideas crowdsourced from its community
- Cecilia Muyide (Nigeria): Founder of CTAG – Comcolours Teaching Aids & Games, a company that is passionate about making learning fun for kids by providing teaching aids and games to boost learning habits in children
- Vuuqa (Kenya): Founder of Kiondo, a handwoven handbag made from sisal with leather trimmings, which is indigenous to the Kikuyu and Kamba tribes of Kenya
- Kemi Lewis (Nigeria): Founder of KL’s Naturals, a natural hair salon that caters to the beautiful styling and healthy maintenance of curly, kinky and coily tresses
- Muthuri Ian (Kenya): Founder of Turnup Travel, an agency that organises exotic holidays and themed experiences, aimed at changing the world’s negative perspective of Africa.