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6 Kenyans among 115 people recognised by Facebook globally and set to be awarded $1,250,000.

Business Insider SSA caught up with Pamellah Oduor, one of the Facebook 2018 winners and founder of Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals.

  • After months of waiting, Facebook has announced 100 groups globally which have been chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities.
  • Six Kenyan Facebook groups made it to the list, making Kenya the only country in Africa with the highest number of groups chosen.
  • Out of the 100 Facebook fellows, five Kenyans were selected and will be awarded up to $50,000 each for their various community efforts.

Six Kenyans are set to walk away with millions of shillings and effectively become the new millionaires in town after they were recognized and chosen by Facebook to serve as community leaders in residence, fellows, and youth participants.

After months of waiting, Facebook has announced 100 groups globally which have been chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities.

Six Kenyan Facebook groups made it to the list, making Kenya the only country in Africa with the highest number of groups chosen.

play Mark Zuckerberg (Medium)

 

There were two categories of winners, community leaders in residence and fellows.

Out of the 115 participants selected, Facebook granted the role of community leaders in residence to five people who will each receive up to $1,000,000 in funding to build communities.

Kenyan entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club is the only African who made it to the prestigious list.

play One of the five community leaders in residence selected is Kenyan Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club. (Facebook Newsroom)

 

Out of the 100 Facebook fellows, five Kenyans were selected and will be awarded up to $50,000 each for their various community efforts.

The five Kenyans are Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Founder whose aim is to promote healthy living by cooking healthy homemade meals, Truphosah Monah, founder of Women and Realities of Disability (WARD), a Facegroup  which  seeks to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of disabled women, Caroline Kihusa, founder  of Still A Mum Trust whose aim is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support, Felista Wangari, admin at 52-week money challenge, Kenya, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management and Asha Mweru an admin at #WomenWorkKE!, a group which brings together driven, like-minded Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions.

Also read: 14 Africans set to walk away with $50,000 each after making it into the 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program

play Kenyan entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali. (Facebook)

 

Business Insider SSA caught up with Pamellah Oduor, one of the Facebook 2018 winners to get a glimpse of behind the scenes action of how the she came to be the winner and millionaire all while sitting down and clicking away.

“I am extremely excited and humbled, how many billions of people are in Facebook (lets out a celebratory laugh) we are many so the fact that you can be recognized by Facebook and even go to their head office and have a sit down with the owners it is a very nice recognition  and I am extremely happy,” She said.

While Pamellah is over the moon now and can afford to rest easy, the process was not a walk in the park and she had to go through a meticulous process each one harder than the last one. Facebook announced the launch of the program early this year and then called for applications from all over the world.

play Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Founder whose aim is to promote healthy living by cooking healthy homemade meals. (courtesy)

 

Over 6,000 people applied for the program and after a laborious scrutiny, Facebook employees and external community experts selected the 100 community leaders

“First we had to apply, after applying we were notified by Facebook that we had been shortlisted and then we had to go through another series of interviews where you send a short Video showing what your group is all about and what you do with your group etc. after that there was vetting whereby you had to go through all relevant authorities for background and security checks and get clearance from Criminal Investigations Department to make sure you had good conduct,” Pamellah explained.

That was not all however; Pamellah then had to undergo a lifestyle audit too to ensure that she was running her group in an honest and legal manner.

There were auditors who were involved who were supposed to confirm your lifestyle, that is go back and collaborate what you had stated you were doing to earn a living in your application was indeed true, since they didn’t want someone whom they could not tell where they were getting their source of funds and financial activities,”

play Truphosah Monah, founder of Women and Realities of Disability (WARD), a Facegroup  which  seeks to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of disabled women. (Facebook)

 

For months Facebook officials covertly checked group activities by joining the groups and within the safety of their offices quietly observe how group admins were running the group, how they were shaping discussions to how they handed members who had violated the group’s policy.

Months later after gathering enough data they would then either advice the admins to apply for the program or simply post the information on the group.

play Felista Wangari, admin at 52-week money challenge, Kenya, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management. (Potentash)

 

After a rigorous and extensive monitoring backed by online and offline activities, Facebook was convinced Let’s Cook Kenyans Meals indeed met the par and had even exceeded their expectations.

One of the main criteria used to select the 100 global groups was checking the impact the group was having in the society, online and offline.

 “it was mainly about how much impact you are creating in a society and how focus a group towards its theme if for instance you are the admin of 52-week money challenge are you actually getting Kenyans to save, if you are the admin of Let’s cook Kenyans meals are you actually getting Kenyans to cook homemade meals?  And apart from cooking what other thing are you doing to positively impact the society, that was what Facebook was considering in their search for  the 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program,” Pamellah divulged.

play Caroline Kihusa, founder  of Still A Mum Trust whose aim is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support. (Mummy Tales)

 

Over the years Let’s cook Kenyan meals Facebook group while at the heart of it has stayed true to its cause that is promoting healthy lifestyle by eating healthy foods, the group has also evolved to undertaking  a number of charitable activities from coming to the aid of Kenyans whenever a tragedy occurs such as Garissa Terrorist Attack, Flooding at Reuben Kwa Njenga Slums, Huruma Building Collapse, Kilifi Drought, Fire at Langata Kijiji and more recently advocating for the rights and dignity of the boy child, all which played to Facebook’s heart of what a community ought to be online and offline.

“They have been following very closely what we have been doing over the past years, I remember when there was flooding in South C estate  in Nairobi some time back we marshaled our members and raised the issue until it was given airtime on Citizen TV, so they were just checking the impact groups and communities have in societies”

play #WomenWorkKE!, a group which brings together driven, like-minded Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions. (Facebook)

 

Having been recognized as one of Facebook’s 2018 Community Leadership Program leaders, Pamellah is determined to fly the Kenyan flag high on the international stage.

“I am sure it will open doors for me because I am going to meet other people there, get a chance to sample other cuisines from different parts of the world but more importantly market and popularize Kenyan dishes abroad  so I am very delighted,”  Said Pamellah.

She will be flying out of the country on 7th October to attend the 2018 Community Leadership Program summit at Facebook Head Office at Menlo Park, California to be held from 9th – 12th October 2018.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/tech/5-kenyans-set-to-be-awarded-sh5-million-each-by-facebook-id8897774.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 08:26

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