Facebook brings together Kenyan Group leaders to foster new connections

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today hosted a gathering of group leaders from some of Kenya’s largest and most diverse Facebook Group communities, all representing a wide range of Groups from parenting to leisure, non-profit, and media.

With the aim of listening, learning and connecting, this community meetup forms part of Facebook’s ongoing drive to strengthen its ecosystem in Africa, and to help people share moments and insights that matter most to them. Facebook believes Group leaders play a vital role in this, with their passion and dedication in helping to foster, form and strengthen communities.

“More than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups each month,” says Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships. “More than 100 million of them belong to ‘meaningful communities’ – which are groups that quickly become one of the most important parts of their Facebook experience and an important part of their real-world support structure. Our aim is to help more Kenyans find and join such meaningful communities.”

Groups have become an increasingly popular part within the Facebook universe over the past few years. They are a place for people to share moments and a place to connect about the things that they care about. They bring people together in personal, practical and powerful ways, creating new communities and strengthening existing ones.

“Facebook Groups in Kenya range in focus from parenting and religious support communities to women in business to groups covering nearly every imaginable profession and hobby,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa. “We are thrilled to spend time with group leaders from Kenya to find out how we can do more to support them.”

Okaka Alfred of Group Kenya, one of the largest Kenyan groups with 2.4 million members, says: “We started our group as a place for Kenyans to re-share their posts and interact as a community. We have grown enormously over the years, with Groups helping to give a voice to ordinary Kenyans and sparking some great conversations. Groups mean that it isn’t just celebrities with massive followings who can be heard – it is everyone.”

Other group leaders involved in the day, included:

  • Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals – Founded by Pamellah Oduor, now has a community of 830,000 people who share a passion for cooking.
  • African Farmers Club – Founded by Noah Nasial – has 17,000 people discuss best practices in farming.
  • Friends of Nairobi National Park – Founded by Tanvir Ali – has a community of 17,000 people who care about conservation and the Nairobi National Park.
  • Human Needs Project (HNP) – Founded by Felix Osumo, is a private group that fosters collaboration between members of the HNP Centre.
  • Pregnant and Nursing Mums Support Group – Founded by Thitu Kariba, is a 150,000-strong group for new mothers and mothers-to-be.
  • Kenya Ice Hockey League – Founded by Benard Azegere, is all about inspiring people to take up the sport and providing a place for ice hockey fans and players to hang out.
  • Nairobi Expats Hiking and Travel – Founded by Shiku Waithaka, is a group for people who love hiking and other adventures.
  • Kibera Community Empowerment Organisation – Founded by Joshwa Tambo, aims to empower local residents in need.
  • What’s Good Studios – Founded by Tilo Ponder , is a community where around 2,500 youth and young adults from Kenyan cities engage with each other and great content.
  • SunCulture – Founded by Hannah Muricho, is a group for smallholder farmers and others who use SunCulture’s solar energy solutions.

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AfroMillionsLotto goes live next Wednesday with over N1 Billion jackpot the biggest in Africa

AfroMillionsLotto (www.AfroMillionsLotto.com), the Nigerian Professional Football League’s (NPFL) exciting new lotto, goes live TODAY – allowing people to buy their online tickets for the first big jackpot draw, which will take place on Wednesday 18th October.

Starting at N1 billion, the www.AfroMillionsLotto.com twice-weekly draw features bigger jackpots than all the lotteries in Nigeria combined. What’s more, it will also be the largest jackpot on offer anywhere in Africa. And if the jackpot rolls over because there are no winners, it increases by N100 million with each draw until it reaches a maximum of over N2 billion.

Winners of the jackpot could afford one of the most expensive homes on sale in Nigeria, the wedding of their dreams, a chrome-plated Ferrari and still have money left over!

Another huge benefit of buying your ticket on-line with AfroMillionsLotto is the fact you’ll receive an alert via email if you’ve won. Millions of cash prizes go unclaimed every year as people forget to check whether they have a winning ticket.

The website also offers nine, ‘Candy Crush’ style, Instant Win games, which can be played for fun or to win cash prizes of up to N12 million!

Each NPFL club will have their own lotto website so football fans can support their favourite team. Every time someone buys a ticket or pays to play, that club will receive a percentage of the revenue to help fund player development, contribute to stadium and pitch improvements as well as support community-based projects.

You’ll find a link to all the football clubs’ websites offering AfroMillionsLotto at www.AfroMillionsLotto.com – you don’t have to be a football fan to play, anyone is welcome to join in and have the chance to win a life-changing prize. However, the only way to play is via one of the official sites listed on the AfroMillionsLotto website.

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For further information or to arrange an interview with the NPFL’s Shehu Dikko or AfroMillionsLotto’s James Leppard, please email: Media@AfroMillionsLotto.com.

Editor’s Notes:
How it works?
After selecting the football club of your choice and setting up an account on the AfroMillionsLotto website, anyone over the age of 18 can deposit money using their credit or debit card or e-wallet.
They then choose a line of six numbers ranging from 1 – 49 and an additional bonus number between 1 – 9 before buying a ticket costing 0.60 Euros (€) (approx. N250). The winning numbers are based on the twice-weekly German National Lottery draw, which can be viewed live on German television on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
Jackpots and prizes will be displayed on the AfroMillionsLotto website, together with the prizes for correctly predicting 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 matching numbers. The minimum jackpot starts at 2,500,000 Euros (€) (more that N1 billion) and rolls over by 250,000 Euros (€) each time it’s not won until it reaches a maximum of 5,000,000 Euros (€).

Why Euros?
AfroMillionsLotto sells tickets and displays jackpots in Euros (€) because it’s the currency of choice for the lottery industry. However, people pay to play in Naira and when they win, they’ll withdraw money in Naira too. By promoting AfroMillionsLotto in Euros (€), we can offer the biggest jackpots in Africa. It’s as simple as that.

About Ofertas365 Limited:
Ofertas365 Limited is the company behind AfroMillionsLotto and aims to help sports clubs and charities in emerging markets raise money through lotto and Instant Win games.
The publicly-listed, UK company is headquartered in London.

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Facebook celebrates Africa’s vibrant startup scene and rising talent at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) this week celebrated the achievements of a fast-growing community of African tech entrepreneurs and developers, at the first-ever TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in Africa, sponsored by Facebook. Alongside the event, the company also hosted a week of activities bringing together hot African startups, developers, influencers and community leaders – to share ideas, learn and connect.

Putting the spotlight on Africa’s creative, diverse talent and vibrant technology companies, that are building products and solving problems for local and global audiences, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa (http://APO.af/wJeqkQ) saw 15 startups battle it out to win a US$25,000 prize. Nairobi-based Lori Systems, with its product and service in the Productivity and Utility category, was crowned the overall winner for its logistics and cargo platform for African businesses.

To download TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 event pictures, click http://APO.af/wJeqkQ.

Other winners included:

  • Gaming and entertainment category winner: Ghanaian based SynCommerce, which lets users list and manage their products and inventory across multiple sales platforms i.e. Shopify, eBay, Etsy.
  • Social good category winner: Ghanian based AgroCenta, an online marketplace for African farmers.

Participant, Lanre Oyedotun, Co-founder & CEO of Delivery Science, a Nigeria based startup, commented: “It’s a great experience to be part of Battlefield. It’s encouraging that global brands like Facebook and TechCrunch are recognizing the talent in Africa. Our solution, FieldInsight, helps large organizations get visibility into their field operations. To be able to showcase this on a Pan-African platform is a privilege.”

Speaking at Startup Battlefield Africa, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships, said: “Congratulations to all the finalists. I’ve been so impressed with what I’ve seen today. Africa truly is a continent with remarkable creativity and talent – it was amazing to see some of Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs showcase their disruptive innovations and tell their stories. I’m looking forward to what Africans will produce in the years to come – truly global products that will become household names.”

Other highlights across the week included:

  • Facebook Platform Meetup, brought together entrepreneurs, developers, and senior leaders at early-mid-stage startups in Kenya to learn how Facebook’s Platform products can help to accelerate their businesses.
  • Facebook Developer Circles Africa Masterclass, a three-day training course which brought together 25 Developer Circle leaders from across Sub Saharan Africa.
  • Developer Circles Nairobi Meetup – celebrating passing its 1,000 member mark, and its sixth meetup, this brought together the Nairobi Developer Circle community in an evening of networking.
  • Women in Tech event – designed to engage with influential women working in Nairobi’s technology ecosystem and to share Facebook’s mission on Diversity.
  • Facebook Community event – bought together 12 interesting Facebook community leaders from across Nairobi, including Benard Azegere (http://APO.af/nQ7oxD) founder of the Kenyan Ice Hockey League.
  • SMB, Agency & Content Creators Workshops – workshops which provided advice to Kenyan entrepreneurs, agencies and SMBs on how to grow their business using Instagram and Facebook.

“Facebook emerged from a vibrant startup ecosystem which enabled us to innovate and grow quickly,” said Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for Middle East & Africa. “By supporting events like TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, and bringing together an array of Facebook events over the week, our aim is to continually nurture the truly exciting tech ecosystem in Africa.”

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The DTI to undertake investment and trade mission to Russia

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will lead a business delegation comprising of 20 companies on the 10th Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to Russia to be held in Novosibirsk from 24-26 October 2017. The aim of the mission is to increase the volume of exports of agro-processing and clothing and textile products, as well as built environment and capital equipment goods and services to the Russian market.

According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the objective of the ITI to Novosibirsk is to develop and build on relationships that were established with previous visits by both countries and to expose and showcase South African value-added products, and services to the Russian market. The ITI will include targeted business-to-business meetings, site visits, as well as investment and export-related round-table discussions with a particular focus on sectors where South Africa has comparative and competitive advantages.

“Additionally, the initiative also seeks to follow up and capitalise on the potential collaboration on the proposed BRICS projects. This opportunity will also be a step further in creating market penetration for South African value-added products, and services in Russia, and to promote South Africa as a trade and investment destination. The immediate opportunities for South African supplies will be in the increase of exports of fresh produce to Russia. With already an established export base of over R3.4 billion per year for fresh fruits, especially citrus, there is a vast opportunity to expand to fresh vegetables through the existing export network. This ITI will also provide an opportunity for South African companies to identify new areas of collaboration in various sectors, particularly in the area of investment,” says Minister Davies.

There is an increasing demand of the South African wines in Russia. During last year’s ITI to Moscow, export sales of R1.5 million were generated six months after the event, a large percentage attributed to wine exports.

More South African wines are expected to find their way to Russia after a visit to Cape Town last week by a wine importer from Russia, Mr Andre Kuzmin who is the Chief Executive Officer of a leading Russian wine buying company, Marine Express. Kuzmin, who came to South Africa at the invitation of the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, met with a group of black wine producers with the aim of eventually importing their products.

There are also opportunities for South Africa’s capital equipment and built environment services in Novosibirsk as it is the most industrialised region in Russia.

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