Last week a delegation from Facebook’s Africa Policy Team were in Accra to meet with public officials, developers and civil society groups active in the tech ecosystem. As part of the visit, the delegation hosted an “Ask Me Anything Session” (AMA), a private informal roundtable with civil society to address questions about Facebook’s community standards.
Before the AMA roundtable the proudly “woman led” Africa Policy team held an intimate luncheon for GoWomen across business, technology, media, international development, and the creative arts.
We went around the room, sharing a little about who we were and what we did. It occurred to me that this was the first time in a very very long time that I had been in a room of my female peers. A handful of the women present I follow and admire on social media but I never get to see them all in one place so this was incredible.
When I was going to the luncheon I thought it was going to be cool to meet Facebookers, but in actuality the highlight was being in the same room with women who were breaking barriers, crushing glass ceilings, and transforming our community. I’m going to have to find a way to continue the meet ups in Accra in the same spirit; informal gatherings of women making moves coming together for sister circles every quarter. Until then check out my folder of selfies!
What happened when Facebook brought brought African women influencers tougher in Ghana? Love! Laughter! Sisterhood! What else would you expect?
The hard hitters in the room included; Nicole Amarteifio, Elizabeth Bintliff , Adwoa Beryl Agyekum, Maame Adjei, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, Kosi Yankey, Freda Obeng-Ampofo, Angela.Mensah-Poku, Tina Appiah, Naa Quartey, Theo Sowa, Ethel Cofie, Jessica Horn, Maukeni Kodjo, Vivian Kai Mensah, Poetra Asentewa, and from Facebook Ebele Okobi, Akua Gyekye, Sherry Dzinoreva, feoma Ozoma, Uche Ofodile, Kezia Anim-Addo, Fadzai Madzingira, and Aida Ndiaye.