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Safaricom Launches A New Platform to Empower Gen Z with Technology Opportunities

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Safaricom has launched a Gen Z platform dubbed Safaricom Hook.

The new platform which has the tagline Get Hook’d seeks to empower the youth by leveraging the power of technology.

The launch event held on Friday (13.10.2023) at the Eldoret Sports Club saw Kenyan stars Ssaru and Khaligraph Jones give stellar performances. The show was hosted by Sheila Kwamboka alongside Mzazi Willy M Tuva.

Focusing on three key hooks; technology, career, and culture, the platform aims to nurture and support the aspirations of the Gen Z demographic and transform their lives by being a technology enabler, through offering access to custom-made offerings that will leverage Safaricom’s extensive mobile network.

“At Safaricom, we are keen on helping our young people to leverage the transformative power of technology. Through Safaricom Hook, we aim to provide a platform for young Kenyans seeking inspiration, opportunities, and a sense of belonging in a constantly evolving world. As the name suggests, Safaricom wants to create a lasting connection with a generation that has unique needs,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom PLC.

Safaricom Hook seeks to enable Gen Z to maximize their online potential and enjoy a digital lifestyle by facilitating smartphone access, providing relevant value propositions such as Make Your Own Bundle, which gives users the freedom to decide how much they spend on data and voice, and availing loyalty rewards and delight offers.

In the Tech hook, Safaricom will empower the youth with digital skills for a tech future through touchpoints such as Safaricom’s Digital Talent Programme, and the Safaricom Engineering Community, and partnerships with several organisations, including the Power Learn Project, who empower African youth through software development.

The Career hook, which aims to prepare the youth for conventional and unconventional careers, will come to life by working with an array of partners including Meta and Wowzi, who will provide digital training to enable the youth to access the gig economy, and Brighter Monday, who will provide guidance for those in conventional careers.

In the Culture hook, Safaricom seeks to enable GenZ to pursue passion points such as sports, via Safaricom Chapa Dimba and the upcoming Safaricom Athletics series; content creation, through Baze, which enables creators to monetize their music and video content; and Fashion, through partnerships including Artfit, who will mentor upcoming designers, among others. To promote a savings culture, Safaricom Hook will leverage M-PESA Go, and the Mali wealth management platform.

Eligible customers, aged 10 to 24, can join the platform via the Safaricom Hook app, or by dialing dial *555#.

Samuel Musila
Samuel Musila
Passionate Software Developer and Tech content creator From Nairobi, Kenya

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