In its 2023 “Made by Africa, Loved by the World” campaign, Meta honors Africa’s “Rising Stars,” with the goal of amplifying the voices and narratives of eight rising African talents who are establishing a worldwide presence and reshaping how the world perceives Africa.
This year’s self-shot “vlog-styled” short stories, which span a variety of creative fields like music, fashion, lifestyle, and art, offer a window into the lives of the creators and demonstrate how being African influences their work.
Additionally, Meta is urging the African community on Instagram to express their authenticity through dancing, music, fashion, food, and art as part of the dedicated community Reels challenge #ShareYourAfrica #AfricaMade.
For Africa Day, Meta will host a fireside chat with a number of important figures from around the continent to discuss the impact of Africa’s youth on the world and how social media sites like Instagram are fostering that appeal.
Henry Ohanga, better known by his stage name Octopizzo, is a celebrated recording and performance artist from Kenya who is utilizing his skills to spur change in the fields of art, music, sports, and culture.
South African national Fhatuwani Mukhelia visual artist, filmmaker, and photographer with international experience who is committed to using the arts to heal others.
Gyakie (Ghana) singer, composer, and performer Jacqueline Acheampong is known for her upbeat beats and memorable tunes. She has given numerous performances in Ghana and other countries, winning numerous national and international prizes.
Enioluwa Adeoluwa (Nigeria): A fashion and lifestyle influencer that has established a distinct identity in the fashion sector, worked with global companies, and cultivated a sizable global community of GenZ enthusiasts.
Njang Mengu Collins (Cameroon) is a musician and rapper better known by his stage name Ko-C. He blends hip-hop with afropop in a particular way, and the success of his songs has earned him countless nominations abroad.
Qhamanande Maswana (South Africa) is a well-known visual artist who easily combines realism with fantasy in each portrait, frequently capturing the beauty and difficulties of daily life in South Africa.
Kenyan “Urban Soul” singer, songwriter, and producer Fena Gitu has collaborated with both national and international musicians. She has won numerous awards for her outstanding efforts in the music industry and is still well-liked outside of Kenya.
Adesokan Emmanuel, of Nigeria’s Shanks Comics A brand influencer, content producer, social media comedian, skit creator, and media figure who values the power of narrative.