Pan African all Female Artificial Intelligence driven Tech disruptor TWAA launches its digital Platform in South Africa in celebration of Women’s Month

Author: JT Comms
Date: 13 Aug 2021

African inspired and driven by Artificial Intelligence, TWAA is an innovative and disruptive global professional knowledge sharing and mentorship digital platform for women and girls. TWAA is built to equip female communities with relevant technology tools and rolls out in South Africa this Women’s month, August 2021.

Recognising the need for a platform that supports mentorship, Irene Kiwia started a corporate social responsibility programme to identify and pair young Tanzanian girls with mentors in various industries and this birthed TWAA. Piloted in Tanzania TWAA is expanding globally and the technology and platform can be locally adaptable to each territory with the aim to scale into diverse markets.

TWAA is a Swahili word that means Acquire, Take or Learn and is an AI-driven professional networking platform for women across various sectors, societies and nationalities, to access mentors, network & connect and share knowledge. The platform provides women with digital tools to connect and find suitable mentors and mentees, share and access opportunities bolstering continuous progress and development.  

Developed by a burning vision to create a safe platform using the digital space as an enabler, TWAA is in existence thanks to the resolute dedication of Tanzanian Futurist, Visionary and #TechPreneur Irene Kiwia. TWAA is making its first entry into the South African digital space and kicks off with a dialogue and fireside conversation on 27 August 2021 with some of South Africa’s leading women entrepreneurs driving tech economies.

Ms Kiwia is adamant that TWAA creates a safe space using technology smartly to tackle the global issues of women empowerment through mentorship programmes that will promote professional networks and open doors to leadership and entrepreneurship amongst women.

The theme of the dialogues is centred on gender equality, the use of innovation and tech to bring about significant change. The event will bring together a panel discussion of dynamic women from across the continent that will aim at positively building the conversation.

Joining the formidable line up of dynamic visionaries to share insights includes Go Peak International’s CEO Deshun Deysel Bester. With over 2 decades of traversing the slopes of some of the world’s great peaks, including 2 attempts at Mt. Everest, Deshun gives a valuable perspective on what high performance means to individuals and teams. As an International Speaker she has worked at more than 1000 conferences in over 15 countries

Also on the panel is an influential voice advancing tech ecosystems in mobilising and using digital to amplify social impact solutions. Mbali Ndlovu is co-founder of #RebuildSA and #IknowAGuy. Mbali is fast trekking how we can have real time responses using tech as an equaliser.

Durban born Amanda O Mathe digital matriarch and known as the real life Olivia Pope of social media joins the conversation and prides herself in building recognizable brands and developing better communities. Amanda is an accomplished tech-savvy media professional with experience in the communication, digital and PR sectors

Co-Founder of ToEmpowerHer, Imaan Moosa is a brand story teller, a visual artist and a social justice activist. She brings her network to the conversation and opens up dialogue on how we can connect to wider ecosystems across the continent.

Nigerian entrepreneur and author of The Money Entrepreneur and Of Smart Money Women Arese Ugwu also brings her leadership lessons to the #TWAATable.

Pan African Dialogue with Ada Animation Kenya and Animation SA on TWAA -In addition to the panel discussions, the online launch event will also bring together a Kenyan Animation Tech Start up Ada Animation director, Joy Mwangi. Joy has recently secured pre-seed funding from Nigerian venture capital firm Platform Capital through its technology firm Unicorn Group to support Ada Animation. This important dialogue connects the deputy chairperson of Animation-SA Isabelle Rorke whose disruptive leadership in advancing animation and amplifying the African Narrative is a journey influencing and creating value across diverse ecosystems.

“This conversation is unmissable and is the kind of value networks TWAA is striving to create for women in business and entrepreneurship. We are encouraged by the South African support that we are able to leverage through our partner organisations in #ECAfrica and the Ada Labs SA team currently working on joining the dots and extending the pipeline,” says visionary and founder of TWAA Irene Kiwia.

Powered by #ECAfrica #TWAADialogues is part of the #AdalabSA launch activation. - TWAASAWomensMonth


Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of Entrepreneur Connect Africa #ECAfrica

For Media Queries and additional info contact JT Comms on media@jtcomms.co.za or 011 788 7632

Note to Editor

TWAA was piloted in 2017 and grew up to 10,000 users in 8 countries including USA and UK. Currently TWAA is rolling out in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Liberia. Zambia and Rwanda

The TWAA Women’s Month Panel discussion will feature:

  • Mbali Ndlovu – Co-Founder of #RebuildSA and #IKAG #IKnowAGuy and is one of FB’s top influencers
  • Amanda O Mathe – Tech Digital Warrior
  • Deshun Deysel Bester – CEO of GO Peak International
  • Imaan Moosa – Cofounder of #ToEmpowerHer
  • Arese Ugwu –Author of The Money Entrepreneur and author of Smart Money for Women

A fireside conversation with TWAA founder Irene Kiwia and Kenyan R&B and reggae musician Wyre

Animation Dialogue

  • Isabelle Rorke - Deputy Chairperson of Animation and Head of Animation SA's Social Impact and Human Capital unit
  • Joy Mwangi - CEO Ada Animation
  • The Problem TWAA identified that the pre-existing gender disparity in most societies in relation to women’s access to education, opportunities and information. It also highlighted that the Gender digital divide, gender based violence and gender inequality are barriers to women realizing their full potential.
  • The Solution - An AI built digital space for women empowerment built to give women relevant digital tools for access, connectivity, networking and knowledge sharing geared towards personal, social and economic development. A safe space and platform to connect and empower women and girl children.
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