Facebook announced the launch of ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women’, a collection of beautifully inspired stories and life advice from 19 women who are breaking boundaries in media, entertainment, politics, education and business. This is part of the tech giant’s celebration for International Women’s Month.
The book is also aimed at encouraging, inspiring and guiding readers, regardless of their background, age or ambition.
‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons from African Women’ follows on from the successful 2020 launch of ‘Inspiring #Changemakers: Lessons from Life and Business’ in South Africa.
This 2021 book is brought to life through a series of beautifully illustrated artworks specially commissioned from four female artists from across the continent: Karabo Poppy from South Africa, Massira Keita from Côte d’Ivoire, Lulu Kitololo from Kenya, and Awele Emili from Nigeria.
With over 5,000 copies printed, the book will be provided for free to a number of Facebook’s local training partners including She Leads Africa, Fate Foundation, DigifyAfrica, Siyafunda, Smart Ecosystems for Women and CcHub.
These will be distributed across 15 countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Senegal and Kenya – in schools and to beneficiaries of training offered by Facebook’s partners.
Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said: “At Facebook we know that African women are at the helm of shaping the future of our promising continent – they are changemakers, mothers and CEOs. This book is a celebration of just some of the exceptional African women who in their own right are trail-blazers, motivating and inspiring people and advocating for good across Africa, and the world.”
The women featured in ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women’, include:
- Elizabeth Akua Ohene – Journalist and Politician [Ghana]
- Alice Nkom – Lawyer and Human Rights Activist [Cameroon]
- Tekla Chemabwai – Athlete and Educator [Kenya]
- Baratang Miya -Tech entrepreneur and CEO [South Africa]
- Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim – Global Activist [Chad]
- Dr Judy Dlamini – Entrepreneur, Author and Philanthropist [South Africa]
- Hawa Sally Samai – Founder, CEO and Campaigner [Sierra Leone]
- Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Founder and CEO [Ethiopia]
- Lelemba Phiri – Entrepreneur, Investor, Educator [Zambia]
- Temie Giwa-Tubosun – Founder and CEO [Nigeria]
- Vanessa Hau Mdee – Media personality, Musician and Podcaster [Tanzania]
- Monica Musonda – Lawyer, Entrepreneur and CEO [Zambia]
- Saran Kaba Jones – Founder and CEO [Liberia]
- Kalista Sy – Showrunner and Screenwriter [Senegal]
- Yvonne Okwara – Journalist and News Anchor [Kenya]
- Tara Fela-Durotoye – Entrepreneur and CEO [Nigeria]
- Noella Coursaris Musunka – Model and Philanthropist [Democratic Republic of the Congo]
- Samantha ‘MisRed’ Musa – Media personality, Social Influencer and Philanthropist [Zimbabwe]
- Djamila Ferdjani – Doctor and Entrepreneur [Niger]
This March marks the three-year anniversary of Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness programme in Sub-Saharan Africa, an initiative designed to inspire, empower and train female entrepreneurs across the continent to build, grow and start businesses.
To download the book visit: https://issuu.com/ideaengpr/docs/lead_hers_-_life_lessons_from_african_women