Meta celebrates Africa’s growing cultural impact on the world through a new campaign dubbed “Made by Africa, Loved by the World”.
Facebook’s parent company, Meta today announced the relaunch of its global campaign “Made by Africa, Loved by the World,” which was first launched in 2021, as part of its Africa Day celebrations on May 25.
This year’s campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the voices and stories of people and businesses from across Africa who are making an impact on the world, features eight creators, innovators, and small businesses who are making a name for themselves not only in Africa, but around the world, and are changing the way Africa is viewed on the international stage.
Meta has teamed with local filmmakers to bring eight incredible stories to life as part of the on-platform and marketing campaign. A dedicated global and local Instagram campaign will run alongside this, with partnerships with African content creators, a community Reels challenge, the development of a specially designed AR filter inspired by #AfricaMade, and a series of free open virtual training sessions via the Meta Africa page, dedicated to all SMBs and Creators from across Africa.
“I’m very pleased to be bringing back ‘Made by Africa, Loved by the World’ for the 2nd year running,” Kezia Anim-Addo, Communications Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, said of the campaign. “This campaign is about showcasing the great talent we have on the continent, as well as the African people and businesses who are carving their own paths rather than just contributing to the global agenda. We remain invested in Africa at Meta, knowing that it is home to some of the world’s most talented and inspired people, and we look forward to heroing a few of these tales through our ‘Made in Africa, Loved by the World’ campaign.” she added.
Short Films: Made by Africa, Loved by the World
Partnering with five local filmmakers Tarryn Crossman (South Africa), Kofi Awuah (Ghana), Joan Kabugu (Kenya), Bardia Olowu (Nigeria), and Nelson Makengo (DRC), these series of inspirational and beautifully shot short films will live on a dedicated Africa Day microsite and focus on the stories of:
- Trevor Stuurman (South Africa): An award-winning contemporary multimedia visual artist who has cemented himself as a creative force to be reckoned with, collaborating with international brands and global stars.
- Ferre Gola (DRC): An award-winning Congolese musician who has earned international accolades as a true icon of Congolese rumba.
- Mosope Olaosebikan (Nigeria): Founder of Africa’s first digital museum devoted to shaping the narrative of culture and people using immersive and innovative methods of curation such as AR/VR.
- Rich Mnisi (South Africa): A contemporary multi-disciplinary brand specializing in high-end fashion and furniture designs, with his clothing featured in global media outlets and his designs worn by global names.
- Selina Beb (Ghana): A multiple award-winning fashion brand specializing in African-inspired accessories and clothes.
- Black Rhino VR (Kenya): An award-winning Extended Reality Agency working with local and international brands.
- Bonita Foods (Nigeria): A healthy snacks company producing a range of delicious snacks from fruits, nuts and vegetables, with a global footprint across the UK, USA and Germany.
- Pixel Chefs (South Africa): An innovative creative agency, using emerging digital tech to create immersive impactful experiences for both local and global clients.
Celebrating Africa Day on Instagram
On Instagram, we’re celebrating and highlighting the talent and diversity of the African continent:
- Instagram AR Filter: Partnering with a South African immersive digital solutions company (Pixel Chefs), we created an interactive AR filter to provide the Instagram community with a tool to celebrate the occasion, with the vibrancy and liveliness of Africa at the heart.
- Instagram Reels Challenge: Working with content creators from across Africa and the diaspora, we’re launching a Reels community challenge on Instagram with the hashtag #ShareYourAfrica, encouraging the community to celebrate and share with the world what’s uniquely authentic and African to them, whether that’s fashion, music, food or dance.
- African Designers Guide: Throughout the week of Africa Day and beyond, we invited @mizliz, the founder of @offtomag, to highlight 12 African designers and artists who are forging their own paths and redefining culture in the process.
Free Virtual Training Sessions
We’ll also be hosting a number of free open training sessions on the Meta Africa page to provide other upcoming creatives and entrepreneurs with the digital know-how to take their ideas global. Training topics include:
- Reels School: Learn all about Reels on Facebook and Instagram, as well as top tips and best practices to help connect with more people.
- Cross Border Business: Discover how to explore different markets, reach new customers, localize marketing and optimize campaigns.
- Monetization 101: Discover ways to monetize owned content on Facebook and Instagram, as well as learn more about best practices and eligibility requirements.
- Branded Content – Get Future-Ready: Find out more about creator marketing on Meta platforms including best practices, creative tips and media and measurement guidance.
- Step into AR: Dip into the world of the metaverse through the lens of Augmented Reality (AR) and explore the what, why and how of AR to help create incredible AR experiences people will love.