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10 Year Old African Developer creates App featured at Facebook’s annual F8 conference



Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 8.44.07 AMFacebook announced at its annual F8 developer conference, held in San Francisco on 12 and 13 April, that the company partnered with many African developers to launch products for the global market. Facebook, with its global reach and scale, is including African developers in its beta testing programme for the launch of new global products and features as it increases its presence and deepens its partnerships on the continent.

F8 hosts more than 2,600 people and hundreds of thousands of people watching via Facebook Live for two days of new products, tools, interactive demos and speakers to help developers build, grow and monetize their apps. And, more than 70% of Facebook’s developer partners are located outside the United States and about a third of the attendees at F8 joined us from abroad.

We believe that local entrepreneurs and developers will be the ones to meet the needs of their immediate community, and we are working with developers to know how we can support them in doing so,” says Emeka Afigbo, Strategic Product Partnerships Manager at Facebook. “We are listening to our developer partners in Africa, and the strong showing for F8 is a reflection of our commitment to doing more with our partners across the continent to help them build products and businesses.

This year Facebook brought F8 to developers around the world through F8 Meetups hosted with tech hubs around the world. In Africa, we hosted F8 Meetups in Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town and Morocco where participants watched the sessions in San Francisco.

Two developer teams from Malawi won a developer challenge supported by mobile operator TNM Malawi and Facebook, and were featured on F8’s international stage. Maternitech, founded by three 22-year olds – Walter Moyo, Thandie Magasa, and Daniel Mvalo, provides educational information aimed at combating Malawi’s high under-18 pregnancy rate. The team was featured in an international livestream interview.

Talk To Me, an app created by 10-year old Panashe Jere, who learned to code at a Coding for Kids session at Malawi Hub. This app converts input text into voice so children always have someone to talk to. Both teams were congratulated by Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg personally for their achievements.

African developers who partnered with Facebook to launch products at F8 include Afrinolly (Entertainment, Nigeria), GumTree South Africa (Classifieds, South Africa), Zikoko (Entertainment, Nigeria), Jobberman (Jobs, Nigeria/Ghana), The Net (Entertainment, Nigeria) and My Music (Media, Nigeria).



  1. Patience

    April 15, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Congrats to the young boy. By the way he is Zimbabwean not Malawian. Panashe translated to English means where God is.

    • Tio

      April 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Are u for real? Having a Zimbabwean name doesn’t mean she is from Zimbabwe. Panache is a Malawian, a kid to Chimwemwe Jere and Linda Ndovi Jere. They are all Malawians. Thank you

    • Heyman

      April 19, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Hahaha. Thats wasup.

    • Malawiana

      April 15, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      That’s That’s a Malawian child born to Malawian parents Mr and Mrs Jere. They deserve credit.

    • sosten

      April 16, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Jealous can not take you where my frend.Just be proud that he is an African and you re an African

      By the way,in Zimbabwe you have Alick Macheso,Nicholous Zacharia who are genuine Malawians,even Mugabe himself is Malawian,do we make fuss out of it?

    • Chacha

      April 16, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Having a shona name doesnt mean the lad is from Zimbabwe.He is pure Malawian born to Malawian parents.Thank you

  2. henry

    April 15, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations to you young lad .

  3. sosten

    April 16, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Congrats my homeboy,you r makin us Malawians proud

  4. Sanderson Mwahimba

    April 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

    proud of you, keep up good work your participation and great achievement is pride of Malawi.

  5. Chacha

    April 16, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Congratulations Panashe.Stay blessed!

  6. Tunmi

    April 17, 2016 at 4:02 am

    BN abeg, next time be specific about the country in the title. Not just African, biko. Specify huh? Africa is kinda huge

  7. My Toyota Guy

    April 17, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Great article

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