Kate Ekanem-Hannum

[ Executive Director at Inspire Community Network ]

When Kate started Kate Tales Foundation in 2012 (now known as Inspire Community Network), she was driven by an urge to create solutions that address extreme poverty in rural communities around Nigeria. She wanted a platform that would empower women to be financially independent, advocate for education for girls, and ensure that young writers’ voices were heard on global podiums.

Inspire Community Network (ICON) started in 2012 when she was 18, and since its inception, ICON has worked with several communities for more than five years in the implementation of innovative solutions to pressing societal issues.
ICON currently boasts the most ethnically diverse presence in Nigeria, coordinated by youth in various regions: South West, South East, North Central, North-West, and South-South of Nigeria.

In 2015, Kate became the first Nigerian, competitively chosen, to represent the African Union at the global G(irl)20 summit, in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a US consulate Carrington Youth Fellow, a Queen Elizabeth Young Leaders awardee, a Champion for Change at the Empower Women in alliance with the United Nations, a Ship the start-up Ambassador, a Grubstreet Muse Literary Citizen Writer award recipient, and a Deutsche Welle Global Media forum award recipient.

In 2017, Kate was awarded an Internet Society 25Under25 award and a Dealhack Community Volunteer Scholarship Award. In 2018, ICON became the overall winner of the African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Empowerment Category Award and in 2019, she became a Dalai Lama Fellow, and a Royal Commonwealth Society Associate Fellow.

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