Coinciding with election seasons in South Africa and the United States, South African Disruptive Social Media Platform Snake Nation launches today, giving African Creatives a vote in their own social media future.
The official launch of the app comes shortly after Snake Nation took centre stage at YouthConnekt Africa, a gathering of African youth development stakeholders with the message of ‘Investing in the Colors of Africa to Reinvent its Creative Industries.’
At the YouthConnekt Africa Summit held in Ghana, Snake Nation strengthened its partnerships across the continent prior to the launch of the Snake Nation App, where Karl Carter, CEO of Snake Nation delivered the keynote address at this important African Youth Development event.
The YouthConnekt Africa Summit is an annual gathering that connects youth from across the African continent and beyond with policy influencers, political leaders, public/private and development sector institutions to engage, discuss, design, and accelerate youth empowerment efforts at the continental level.
In addition, every year the summit creates a platform for a larger number of young people from all over the world to learn and engage in YouthConnekt Africa’s youth development programs.
“It was an honor to speak at the YouthConnekt conference in Accra and we are thankful to the Government of Ghana for hosting us and for our partnership with AASU (All-Africa Students Union) that will help provide jobs for young creators in the emerging Creative Economy on the continent.”
“As we look at accessing the $2.2-trillion Global Creative Economy on the heels of the AfCFTA ratification, the timing is critical. By working together, we can articulate a way forward with young creatives throughout the African diaspora.
With billions of US Dollars in revenue and millions of jobs at stake, we recognize that the only way forward is with coalitions of the willing.
We will continue to work in partnership with stakeholders who are committed to solving the economic challenges facing youth today and with youth at the centre of the solutions, decisions and implementation,” said Carter.
In addition to delivering its message to the YouthConnekt Africa audience, Snake Nation took the opportunity to strengthen its strategic partnerships with key role-players like All-Africa Students Union (AASU). AASU is the largest student movement in Africa and a dominant force on the continent.
The AASU is an umbrella organisation representing students at all levels across Africa and has a presence in 54 African countries.
The AASU x Snake Nation partnership has founded college societies in Africa with access to over 8 million Multicultural Millennial creators across 2800 University campuses with an audience influence of 300 million more.
Snake Nation and AASU are working directly with all the student governance bodies across the continent to empower and equip students with the necessary skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution via a number of events every year including workshops, music concerts, movie nights, poetry sessions, gaming tournaments, business pitch sessions and hackathons.
“This is a historic feat for us, I’m excited to finally show the world what our purpose has been about for the last couple of years,”
“We are launching at a time when there’s more public acceptance for some of the technologies we are using under the hood. Together with our creative communities, this is our chance to prove our model, to prove that the internet can be a place where young people can earn a living by authentically telling their stories,” said Tawanda Brandon, CTO of Snake Nation.