Africa Community

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The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.

An Initiative of the World Economic Forum

Numbering over 1,000 young people across over 90 cities in every African country, the Global Shapers Community in Africa is a network of change makers working together with a common vision to positively contribute to their local communities by being and living the change they want to see in the world. Africa Shapers do this via hundreds of projects that have impacted over half a million lives and counting.

From East to West, North to South of Africa, and globally, the community is connecting likeminded, passionate, dynamic and driven young people to collaborate, to lead, to follow, and fuel a movement. Shapers in Abuja are carrying out projects that impact thousands across Northern Nigeria, projects aimed at building and increasing the level of “Amana”, which means trust between youth and security agencies. They are working with schools in the same region, having sent thousands of varied school supplies to support parents’ decision to send their children to school in a region heavily disrupted by the insurgency of Boko Haram. The Bamako Hub is providing free Wi-Fi spots across various underprivileged communities in Bamako; the Nairobi Hub has planted close to 3,500 trees; Johannesburg Hub has reached thousands of young South Africans to go out and vote; Rabat Hub brought together well over 150 young people from over 30 countries across Africa to Shape Africa. They are not paid, they are not financed in cash for their work, but here they are working hard, and with the determination, passion and heart that “together we go the distance in building and shaping the Africa we want. Now, multiply their passions and dedication across the continent, this is the Africa we are curating, a critical mass of people who will inspire and change the world.”

Global Shapers in the region have collaborated on projects ranging from #Chibokgirls, Unitedagainstebola,#MySAVote, Africa 80 Book, #Internet4All, #VisaFreeAfrica, #WorldWeShape, Shaping Nigeria etc. Their strength of collaboration lends itself to the African proverb that “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together. It is to empower one to empower another, and this butterfly effect becomes a revolution of minds and inspirations, of voices and of ideas, of dreams and with it, of realities.

Their passion is boundless and the possibilities continue to reveal. We are the change we want to see and this is but the beginning as even greater things spring from the seeds that are being plated and nurtured across all four corners of the continent.

-Chidiogo Akunyili, Community Lead, Africa Global Shapers

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