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VENTURES AFRICA – Microsoft has unveiled the first ever youth members for its 4Afrika Advisory Council, who will work to address issues facing the African youth including unemployment, access to technology and education.
“We are excited about the induction of the new 4Afrika Advisory Council youth members because it helps the initiative stay true to the spirit of youth, enterprise and innovation,” said H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, chairman, Microsoft 4Afrika Advisory Council.
Four youths, including a Nigerian, were selected to serve as ambassadors on the 4Afrika Advisory Council, an external board of advisers was tasked with guiding strategic investments undertaken by the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative across the continent.
They include Nigerian media entrepreneur and award winning journalist, Chude Jideonwo, a co-founder of RED, an innovative media company that owns The Future Awards Africa, an event which recognises exceptional youths on the continent. Cameroonian social activist Olivia Mukam, Moroccan entrepreneur Taye Shibi and Rwanda’s Akaliza Keza Gara, a mentor at open technology hub kLab in Kigali and a member of Girls in ICT, completes the list.
“I’m looking forward to being part of a committed group of African leaders, who are working hard to open up access to opportunities and be part of the transformation story for the continent and its people,”says Chude Jideonwo.
“4Afrika has a huge potential to make a lasting impact, it is exciting to be part of that process.”