Facebook today hosted a gathering of group leaders from some of Kenya’s largest and most diverse Facebook Group communities, all representing a wide range of Groups from parenting to leisure, non-profit, and media.
With the aim of listening, learning and connecting, this community meetup forms part of Facebook’s ongoing drive to strengthen its ecosystem in Africa, and to help people share moments and insights that matter most to them. Facebook believes Group leaders play a vital role in this, with their passion and dedication in helping to foster, form and strengthen communities.
“More than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups each month,” says Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships. “More than 100 million of them belong to ‘meaningful communities’ – which are groups that quickly become one of the most important parts of their Facebook experience and an important part of their real-world support structure. Our aim is to help more Kenyans find and join such meaningful communities.”
Groups have become an increasingly popular part within the Facebook universe over the past few years. They are a place for people to share moments and a place to connect about the things that they care about. They bring people together in personal, practical and powerful ways, creating new communities and strengthening existing ones.
“Facebook Groups in Kenya range in focus from parenting and religious support communities to women in business to groups covering nearly every imaginable profession and hobby,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa. “We are thrilled to spend time with group leaders from Kenya to find out how we can do more to support them.”
Okaka Alfred of Group Kenya, one of the largest Kenyan groups with 2.4 million members, says:
“We started our group as a place for Kenyans to re-share their posts and interact as a community. We have grown enormously over the years, with Groups helping to give a voice to ordinary Kenyans and sparking some great conversations. Groups mean that it isn’t just celebrities with massive followings who can be heard – it is everyone.”