With strong commitment to expand the concept of Social Good through it micro grant programme, +SocialGood supported the unveiling of launch of Social Good Nigeria and Abuja Social Good Hub in Abuja on the 22nd of October 2014, the first in sub Saharan Africa.  According to Esther Agbarakwe, Advisor to +SocialGood, and Team lead, Social Good Nigeria, the vision of Social Good Nigeria is to Inspire, Connect and Empower young Nigerians to use technology to make a positive impact in Nigeria.  She further explained that partnering with organisations such as the Enspire Hub at the Abuja Technology Village, Devnovate, Digital Media Development Initiative, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, AdoptATweep™ and the Swedish Embassy would greatly help in achieving their goals through their access to vast resources which can be channelled into empowering Nigerians via their various Social Good programs.

Speaking at the event, H.E Ambassador Kilander said that “Young people in Nigeria are the future of Africa.  You have Seize the moment.’’ He further explained that social entrepreneurship is the future. He went further to commend Nigeria for containing Ebola.  Also speaking was Dr. Mairo Mandara of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who officially unveiled the www.socialgood.ng online platform. Simeon Ononobi, Founder and CEO of SimplePay, made a keynote address, reflecting  on how Technology is shaping Nigeria growth.  Different Social Good Projects like Girls in Technology in Northern Nigeria (GTIN) were featured at the event.

+SocialGood is inspired by the Social Good Summit, and powered by its partners and funders: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Case Foundation, Caterpillar, Cisco, Enactus, Mashable, the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y.

You can read the Storify Report of the launch here

Event Photos:

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L-R: Jeremiah Agenyi, Sunday Ogidigbo (Lead, Holyhill Foundation) and Esther Agbarakwe

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Group Photo…

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From L-R: Swedish Ambassador, Svente Kilander, Executive Director, WBFA, Dr. Luther-King Fashun, Representing Mrs Toyin Saraki and Manager Enspire Hub, Mr. Bankole

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Dr. Mairo Mandara, Country Representative, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Simeon Ononobi, Founder Simple Pay

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The Social Good Nigeria team: L-R: Esther Agbarakwe, Bankole Toba, Kolo Kenneth, Ize Adava and Jeremiah Agenyi

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Zainab Sule, Musician

About Social Good Nigeria:

Social Good Nigeria is a networked community of innovators and socio-preneurs, leveraging on the explosive power of digital technology and a desire to collaborate for #SocialGood across Nigeria.

At Social Good Nigeria, there is a staunch believe that there are people across social and geo-political strata, with ingenious solutions for Nigeria’s seemingly daunting problems. Thus, their online platform provides a homely space for these discussions, problem-solving calculations, ideations and incubations that can drive global innovation at a local scale. The ultimate winner without a doubt, is Nigeria. These all, are coming on the back of their successful co-hosting of the first Social Good Summit, Abuja Meetup in 2013 with Team #AdoptATweep, with the theme “Development. Now. Tomorrow.”

They are inspired by the support from the +SocialGood global community, which fuels their desire to actualize transformative local actions in as many communities in Nigeria as possible.

Social Good Nigeria Online Platforms:

SGN Website: www.socialgood.ng

Twitter Twitter: @SocialGoodNG

More Online platforms:

Facebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/socialgoodng

Instagram Instagram: www.instagram.com/socialgoodng