ARDA Staff Speaks at Social Media Week
Our Project Coordinator, Rebecca Ebenezer-Abiola spoke at the 2019 Lagos Social Media Week on a panel entitled “A Thousand Lives: How Stories Affect Social Change.”
The panel was coordinated by the Mandela Washington Fellows Alumni Association (Nigeria Chapter).
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that develops, promotes and empowers young people who look within their communities and find specific areas in which they can serve to bring change to these communities. Fellows typically have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.
In 2017, Ms. Ebenezer-Abiola was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow and it has been an opportunity that has really developed her as a professional and by extension the rest of the staff at ARDA through regular step-downs. In fact our weekly Friday-Learning sessions grew out of Rebecca sharing what she had learned during the Fellowship with us.
The theme for this year’s Social Media Week in Lagos was storytelling and this panel on the first day gave a glimpse of what one could expect over the course of the week. The panelists gave examples of how they had used stories to build brands, rebuild cultures and reach and empower people.
For Rebecca, it was an opportunity to share some stories about ARDA’s work over the years. She talked about our most recent project in Northeastern Nigeria as well as sharing an uplifting story about how one of ARDAs radio productions empowered a group of women to approach the Governor and State Government of Lagos to demand something be done about fixing up the health and social amenities in their area.
The panelists have all achieved great things and we were thrilled and proud to have a key member of our team up there flying the ARDA flag.