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Kenyan Teacher wins Ksh5 Million award from Facebook

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Facebook’s global Community Leadership Program invests in people who make a positive impact in their respective communities.

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A teacher is among two Kenyans who emerged winners in the 2021 Community Accelerator Program initiated by Facebook.

Facebook on Tuesday, October 5, announced that Samuel Mwaniki, a teacher, and Dr. Wala Amakove a medic behind Wanderlust Diaries Limited, were part of the global winners.

The two are part of 13 victors out of 13,000 applicants who participated in the continental-based program.


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Facebook revealed that each winner would receive training, mentorship and Ksh5 million in funds. This will enable them invest in an initiative that extends their community’s positive impact.

This is part of Facebook’s global Community Leadership Program.  The program invests in people who make a positive impact in their respective communities.

Facebook lauded the 13 winners for engaging in various social impact activities. The winners engaged in helping the needy in society to sharing ordinary and extraordinary stories from around the world.

A graphic of Samuel Mwaniki

“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,” read part of the statement.

Facebook acknowledged Mwaniki for bringing together teachers, trainees and tutors from all TTC’s in Kenya. This was aimed to build their relationships, share job vacancies and promote businesses.

Amakove, on the other hand, brought together a community of travelers to share stories during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in April 2020.

Through Facebook groups, the travelers promoted eco-tourism in Kenya and other African countries in a bid to promote community development.


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