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NMG journalist among six Kenyans to get millions from Facebook

By THOMAS MATIKO September 25th, 2018 2 min read

A Nation Media Group journalist is among six Kenyans who are set to receive millions from Facebook.

The American tech giant is awarding Health and Science Editor Felista Wangari and five other Kenyans $50,000 (Sh5 million) for their individual efforts to improve lives.

Wangari is the founder and admin of ‘52 Week Money Challenge Kenya group’ Facebook group which encourages members to save money. The group even draws a year-long chart on how much those taking part in the challenge should save on a weekly basis.


Members then declare and toast to their savings at the end of the year, where they are advised on various ventures they can invest their money.

Facebook recently announced 100 groups globally which have been chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative which invests in people building communities.

The six Kenyans made in to the list, making Kenya to be the only country from Africa with the highest number of group chosen.

There were two categories of winners, community leaders in residence groups and fellows groups.

Out of the total 115 participants selected, Facebook awarded the role of community leaders in residence to five people who will each receive up to $1 million (Sh100 million) in funding to build communities.

Kenyan entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa via his Facebook group ‘Africa Farmers Club’ is the only African who made it to the prestigious list.

And on the 100 Facebook in the fellows group category, five Kenyans made the list amongst other 14 Africans. They will receive Sh5 million each.


Besides Wangari, others are Pamellah Oduor, founder of ‘Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals’, Truphosah Monah, founder of ‘Women and Realities of Disability’, Caroline Kihusa founder of ‘Still A Mum Trust’, and Asha Mwery, an Admin of ‘WomenWorlkKE’, a group which brings together driven like-minded Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions.

Facebook will hold the 2018 Community Leadership Program Summit at Facebook Head Office at Menlo Park, California from October 9– 12 of next month where all who made the list will be awarded.