by Helvine Achieng
March 9, 2021
Facebook has announced the launch of 'LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women', a collection of beautifully inspired stories and life advice from 19 women. The stories are based on women breaking boundaries in fields such as media, entertainment, politics, education and business.
This is part of its celebration around International Women's Month and International Women's Day celebrated on 8th March. The book provides inspirational real-life stories for future generations and young leaders available for free in digital and physical formats.
Each chapter focuses on a personal experience and life lesson around how these women have navigated their path to success, alongside the challenges they have had to overcome along the way.
'LeadHERs: Life Lessons from African Women' is aimed at encouraging, inspiring and guiding the reader - no matter the background, age or ambition.
'LeadHERs: Life Lessons from African Women' follows on from the successful 2020 launch of 'Inspiring #Changemakers: Lessons from Life and Business' in South Africa.
This 2021 book is further brought to life through a series of beautifully illustrated artwork specially commissioned from four female artists from across the continent - Massira Keita from Côte d'Ivoire, Lulu Kitololo from Kenya, Karabo Poppy from South Africa, and Awele Emili from Nigeria.
With over 5,000 copies printed, the book will be provided for free to a number of Facebook's local training partners, including She Leads Africa, Fate Foundation, DigifyAfrica, Siyafunda, Smart Ecosystems for Women and cCHub.
The books will be distributed across 15 countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Senegal and Kenya - in schools and to beneficiaries of training(s) offered by Facebook partners.
"At Facebook we know that African women are at the helm of shaping the future of our promising continent - they are changemakers, mothers and CEOs.
"This book is a celebration of just some of the exceptional African women who in their own right are trail-blazers, motivating and inspiring people and advocating for good across Africa, and the world.
"We're excited about their individual stories, inspired by challenges they've endured and how they've risen above these, and importantly how they've turned these into important life lessons to help inspire others."
Kenyan journalist and news anchor Yvonne Okwara is among women featured in 'LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women.
This March marks the third anniversary of Facebook's #SheMeansBusiness programme in Sub-Saharan Africa, an initiative designed to inspire, empower and train female entrepreneurs across the continent to build, grow and start their businesses.