Noah Nasiali from Kenya to represent Africa in Facebook’s community leadership program

In line with its focus on bringing people together and building communities, Facebook has announced the names of 116 people worldwide who have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Five Kenyans have been selected as program Fellows, and Noah Nasiali has been chosen as one of five global programme Residents.

Nasiali has brought together more than 100,000 farmers across Africa through a Facebook group in less than a year. Farming is one of Africa’s most important industries, and Noah’s community helps farmers obtain and share critical information.

Since announcing the programme in February, Facebook received more than 6,000 applications from all over the world. A selection committee, which included employees as well as community experts from outside of Facebook, reviewed each application to identify leaders with a strong, clear and committed vision for their community.

(TOP: Noah Nasiali. Photo: Facebook).

Five participants around the world, including Nasiali, have been selected as community leaders in residence, who will each be awarded up to $1,000,000 to fund their community initiative. The final amount received will be determined based on final budget proposal created and submitted by each resident as part of their program training.

“The Facebook platform is playing a powerful role in helping our community of farmers to access accurate farming information, find markets for their products, share knowledge and stories, and develop their skills,” says Nasiali. “Facebook’s support will enable us to further promote our goal of promoting sustainable agriculture and food security in Africa.”

The programme will also host more than 100 fellows and youth participants from around the globe, who will receive up to $50,000 each to be used for their community initiative. The Kenyan Fellows are:

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