Facebook Africa gears up for Creative Week at #Loeries2017

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Facebook is once again throwing its full support behind young, digital talent in South Africa, with a busy programme of events for #Loeries2017 Creative Week.

“At Facebook, we are passionate about helping talented young creatives across Africa and the Middle East to develop their skills and deliver great concepts that help brands to grow, while entertaining and informing the community. Africa and the Middle East’s emerging digital creatives represent a powerfully diverse pool of talent one that holds the key to reaching the next billion people,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Facebook Africa Regional Director.

Highlights scheduled for Facebook’s Loeries Creative Week include:

  • Made on Mobile, 16 August: Giving back to the local community, while showcasing the power of mobile and advertising for small businesses, Facebook will host a hands-on workshop in KwaMashu township. Designed for local small to medium sized businesses, the session will help local SMBs create an engaging and effective business presence, and campaign using only a mobile phone.
  • Instagram “Durban’s Passions” hack, 17 August: Working with top students from advertising schools around the country for a day of fun and learning at the Facebook Creative Hub, the hack will be themed around Instagram and Stories. Exploring quick, creative and easy ways to use video and mobile to connect with passions on Instagram, students will be challenged to create stories about Durban, which will then be judged by a panel including Facebook’s Creative Shop and Durban Tourism.
  • Seminar of Creativity with Facebook Live, 18 August: Facebook’s head of Creative Shop for Middle East and Africa (MEA), Weera Saad will be speaking at the Seminar of Creativity. Exploring mobile as the new creative canvas and how Africa can be driving innovation through its use, the Seminar will also be shown on Facebook Live to encourage conversation around mobile and creativity.
  • Student Category Award, 19 August: New this year, is Facebook’s very own award –‘The Facebook Challenge’ in the student category of the Loeries Awards. This recognises and celebrates the achievements of the next generation of creative professionals who are redefining creativity on mobile. Awarded to a student campaign that creatively addresses gender equality using mobile video, the winning entry will be announced on Saturday evening.  

“I am excited to be part of the journey that Facebook and the Loeries have embarked on to invest in and grow the next generation of creatives,” says Weera Saad, Facebook Middle East and Africa Head of Creative Shop.

“It will be a pleasure to speak to young creatives in the region about how they can use mobile and video platforms to build connections, conversations and communities.” 

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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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