Join @Changemakers and the #AfricaYouthFwd Network for a Twitter Chat on 3rd June

Join @Changemakers and the #AfricaYouthFwd Network for a Twitter Chat on 3rd June

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“Work” has traditionally meant getting a job at a company, perhaps after achieving a degree or certificate in a particular field. But the changing--and often challenging--employment landscape in Africa means that today’s young talent will need to think outside of the box when it comes to building prosperous livelihoods. What opportunities are presented by the rise of new information technologies, social media, and changing cultural mindsets in Africa? How can changing our preconceived notions of “work” unlock fresh opportunities for entrepreneurship for young Africans? Can young Africans become community problem-solvers and earn an income in the process? What are some success stories we can learn from?

You'll have the opportunity to discuss these questions and more during our live Future Forward TwitterChat! Featured panelists will be announced here shortly. Save the date and learn about how to participate below.

Theme: Africa's Young Talent & the Changing Meaning of "Work"

Date: Friday, 3rd June

Time: 9am-10:30am EDT / 1pm-2:30pm GMT / 4pm-5:30pm East Africa Time. 

Hashtag: #AfricaYouthFwd

Instructions on How to Participate

Featured Panelists: 

Regina Honu FutureForward Ashoka Changemakers


Regina Honu (@ragyare), Founder of Soronko Solutions and TechNeeds Girls. Regina is bringing women and girls in Ghana into the ICT space by providing them with the role models and tools to change them from consumers to creators of technology. She is a 2014 Ashoka Fellow.



​TechChange (@TechChange) is a social enterprise which provides courses on the use of technology in addressing social and global challenges. Around the world, implementers in public health, emergency response, and monitoring and evaluation all struggle to solve pressing issues with limited resources. TechChange connects them with relevant content, experts, and certification using our facilitated learning platform.


​Asantewaa Eriyani lo-Liyong (@AsantewaaLoworks with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a Youth Program Assistant sensitizing young people on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) and life skills, working closely with the national Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports and other partners. Asantewaa is the founder and director of Youth of Today Foundation, an initiative with the objective to inform, connect and empower young people, by providing access to education and skills development, health education, leadership and mentorship opportunities. She is also a Global Shaper.


Mireille Tushiminina (@Mtushiminina) a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the brainchild behind the Shalupe Foundation, an action and impact driven non-profit organization run by and for Congolese women specializing in finding impactful and empowering holistic solutions for ending Gender Inequality and Violence, Poverty and Social Injustice in post-conflict DRC. The Foundation focuses on transforming young girls into the leaders of the future by equipping them with the tools to develop Life Skills as well as strong and assertive voices.


Grandson Shipangula (@Grandad44) is the Founder and Board Member of the Youth Employment Creation Initiative (YECI Zambia) and the country representative for The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE). He is an award winning youth activist and social entrepreneur.



​Sianeh Heanneah Farwenee (Smile) (@sianeh90is a teacher and a young Liberian advocate for children rights, most especially the girl child. She is also a 2015 Fellow of the Moremi Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (MILEAD). Currently, Smile is a candidate for the Degree of Masters in Gender and Education at the University of Botswana, and she holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Smile serve as a founder of an emerging business enterprise in Liberia.



How does a live ‘Twitter chat’ work? 

A Twitter chat is a real-time discussion focused on a specific theme. It is designed to bring together various stakeholders (from social entrepreneurs and innovators, to business and media) to share ideas, discuss best practices, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring more exploration. It is also a great way to connect with colleagues and supporters around the globe! Ashoka will be facilitating discussions in realtime, and will be a great platform for you and your networks to pose questions to the panel, and connect to the network of Changemakers!

How can I participate?

  1. for tweets and updates related to the chat.
  2. During the chat use or an application like Tweetdeck or TweetChat to follow the #AfricaYouthFwd hashtag and keep up with the conversation.
  3. Enter the discussion anytime by tagging your tweets with #AfricaYouthFwd Using the hashtag ensures that everyone following the chat will see your tweets.

What are the guidelines?

  1. Log-in to your Twitter account a few minutes before the TwitterChat begins. 
  2. Introduce yourself in one tweet when you join the chat and take a minute to get to know the other chatters!
  3.  @changemakers will tweet 4-5 questions, labeled “Q1, Q2, etc.” in addition to specific questions for panelists.
  4. Preface your answers with “A1, A2, etc.” according to which question you are answering
  5. Message/Mention @changemakers if you’d like to submit a question for either a panelist or the group. Don't forget to include the hashtag #AfricaYouthFwd!
  6. Be respectful and don't forget to have fun! Collaboration through innovation is the name of the game – come join the conversation!


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