Tetlanyo Lekalake

In 2016, Tetlanyo co-founded the African Professional Network of Ireland, (APNI) a community that aims to connect, empower and foster collaboration between young, African professionals living in Ireland, particularly Dublin. Since its establishment, APNI has organized numerous events to promote diversity and inclusion in Ireland, in collaboration with organizations such as Facebook, Google, Citi and Dublin City Council. In 2017, Tetlanyo co-founded the Dublin Chapter of Facebook’s Black@. The chapter’s first big event was Africa Week, a celebration of Africa Day with the theme “Changing the Narrative of Africa” through experiencing different aspects of African culture. Tetlanyo aims to offer different images of Black people and of Africa to the ones often portrayed in mainstream media. For instance, the chapter wanted to get away from the Africa presented solely as a place that is poor, at war and dying, because these “single stories” or stereotypes not only present a distorted image, but they work against the progress of the African continent and Black people across the globe. Instead, Tetlanyo aims to show the vibrancy, huge potential and beauty of the continent and its people. Since then, the chapter has hosted various other initiatives that are focused on raising cultural competency internally and fostering a greater sense of inclusion for employees of colour.

Ime Archibong

Ime is director-level with a global scope at Facebook. Since joining Facebook in 2010, Ime has spent countless hours focused on ensuring that it was the best company for him to work for – which includes building a culture that is inclusive of everyone. Specifically, he has been working on a number of projects including participating in the early strategy discussions about diversity as business strength, officially launching the Black Employee Resource Group at Facebook, helping to hire a few key people who now official lead Facebook’s global diversity efforts and as the company grows, being intentional about building programs and creating space to ensure there is a strong black community at Facebook.
Ime is currently excited about the good work that has been done through the initiative to help close the connectivity gap around the world. From his point of view, the work being done to connect the historically unconnected will have a non-trivial impact on the lives of BAME people. To date, Facebook’s Free Basics App, which is part of the broader efforts, has launched in over three dozen countries around the world and brought 25M people online, who, from estimates, otherwise would not have been online. The regions of the world where the 4.1B people who haven’t used the internet before are located, mainly consist of BAME people, giving many access to information and learning tools that will enable them to improve their lives and the live of their community.