Kaffy Shafau-Ameh, the prominent dancer, and Apaokagi Mariam, the comedienne also called Taaooma, are among the Nigerians spotlighted in Facebook’s content creators campaign.
Oluwasola Obagbemi, Facebook’s communications manager for Anglophone West Africa, said the initiative will highlight stories of leading creators who succeeded in various creative industries using the Facebook family of apps.
Obagbemi added that the campaign will spotlight eight creative artists in Nigeria and Ghana who have built, communicated, and scaled their art to the world using Facebook and Instagram across photography, comedy, fashion, dance, and content creation.
“One of the creators spotlighted in this campaign is Emmanuel Oyeleke, the talented Nigerian photographer who mastered the art of creating breath-taking posed imagery after quitting his job as a computer programmer,” he said.
“Other creative artists featured Funke Adepoju (Nigerian Fashion Designer) who is best known for her premium bespoke ready-to-wear collections; and Kaffy Shafau-Ameh (Nigerian Dancer) who is popularly known for breaking the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Dance Party’ at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon in 2006.
“Also featured in the campaign are Apaokagi Mariam – popularly known as Taaooma (Nigerian Comedian), who plays multiple roles in her comedy skits, hilariously spotlighting how African mothers discipline their children
“Dream Catchers Academy (Nigerian Content Creators) who are best known for offering educational opportunities, leadership skills, and a better life for underprivileged girls through dance, drama, music, and visual arts.”
Obagbemi said one of Facebook’s key roles in Africa is to support and invest in young and diverse creative talent.
He added that the social media giant hopes to demonstrate its commitment to providing a platform where Africans, particularly the youth, can be recognised and encouraged to aim even higher.
“Videos of the featured creative artists are on Facebook Africa page. You can also follow the conversations online using the hashtag #FacebookCreators. All the featured creators also have their videos on their pages,” he added.
According to him, the campaign will run from April to May 2021 as a short docu-series on Facebook Africa Page.
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