U.S tech giant Facebook announced in a statement that Samuel Mwaniki, founder of Teachers’ Noticeboard Kenya, and Wala Amakove, founder of Wanderlust Diaries Ltd, were part of the global winners in Facebook’s Community Accelerator program that invests in individuals who participate in making a positive impact in the community.
According to the statement, Mr Mwaniki and Dr Amakove are among the 13 winners out of the 13, 000 applicants who took part in the reach out program.
All the winners would receive training, mentorship and 5 million Kenyan Shillings investment funds each for their respective iniatives.
The U.S tech company praised the winners for their efforts in using social platforms to enhance positive impact in the society.
“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,” stated Facebook.
Dubbed Community Accelerator, it is a global program that helps leaders to harness the power of their community to turn impactful ideas into action.
Back in 2013, Sam and his college mates started Teachers’ Noticeboard Kenya to bring together teachers in Kenya to share ideas, job vacancies and build national cohesion and integration.
Teachers’ Noticeboard Kenya has been the largest online platform in Kenya where teachers can network to share ideas, curriculum support resources and discuss problems and solutions affecting education.
The 472,000 members have made a major impact on one another by making it easy to prepare for lessons, facilitate staffing in schools, as well as build a united Kenya of professionals.
Back in 2020, during the onset of Covid-19, Amakove founded Wanderlust Diaries Ltd a movement of travellers sharing stories and documenting experiences while promoting sustainable tourism.
Wanderlust Diaries Ltd brings together a community of travellers to share stories, authentic reviews and give travel trade a platform to connect and promote their offerings.
The two winners from Kenya have paved a way for other aspirants to get started in the program and transform their communities through positive influence.
The program itself is open to any community with a presence on Facebook Groups with leaders who are over 18 years of age and are residents of the following African countries: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt. These Communities/Groups must have over one year of existence and more than one thousand members.