#IITA50 Social Media Kit

Welcome to our social media toolkit!

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Watch this space to find resources for the promotion of the celebration of IITA’s golden jubilee throughout 2017.

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Partners & Sponsors to include

@CGIAR ; @DangoteGroup ; @RockefellerFdn ; @AfDB_Group


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H.E. Dr Akin Adesina
President, African Development Bank
Bio @akin_adesina [1]
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Mr Alhaji Aliko Dangote
CEO, Dangote Foundation
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Mrs Ayoka Lawani,
IITA Alumni / Spouse Representative
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Dr Audu Grema
Rep Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Abuja
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H.E. Chief Audu Innocent Ogbeh,
Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
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H.E. Dr Deo-Guide Rurema
Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Burundi
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H.E. Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi
Oyo State Governor
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Dr Jimmy Smith
Director General, ILRI
Bio [2]
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H.E. Dr Kanayo Nwanze
Former President, IFAD
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Dr Kenton Dashiell
Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery, IITA
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Dr Kwesi Atta-Krah
Director, Systems and Site Integration, IITA (Chair, IITA@50 Organizing Committee)
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H.E. Matata Ponyo Mapon,
Former Prime Minister, DR Congo
Bio @Mapon_Matata [3]
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Dr Nteranya Sanginga
Director General, IITA
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H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President of Nigeria and International Ambassador to IITA
Bio @OOFoundation [4]
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HRH, Oba Saliu Adetunji
Olubadan of Ibadan
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Mr Tony Elumelu
CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation
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H.E. General Yakubu Gowon
Former President of Nigeria
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Dr Yemi Akinbamijo,
FARA Executive Director
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H.E. Prof Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President and Acting President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Pre-event (July 17-23)

Sample of tweets in English

  1. Welcome to @IITA_CGIAR #SocialMedia Kit! Watch this space to find resources for the celebration of #IITA50. http://ow.ly/cu8r30dM9AL
  2. @IITA_CGIAR looks back on 50 years of “Transforming Africa #Agriculture”. Join us 24-29 July! #IITA50 http://ow.ly/Rhlz30dImcH 
  3. Be part of @IITA_CGIAR golden jubilee celebration next week 24-29 July!  Follow #IITA50 http://ow.ly/Rhlz30dImcH
  4. Gearing up for @IITA_CGIAR golden jubilee celebration on 24th July in Ibadan! Follow #IITA50 http://ow.ly/Rhlz30dImcH
  5. @IITA_CGIAR celebrates its #IITA50 anniversary with awesome videos from staff & partners! Watch here: http://ow.ly/Rhlz30dImcH
  6. Guest who will be speaking at @IITA_CGIAR golden jubilee celebration on 24th July in Ibadan! Discover #IITA50: http://ow.ly/cu8r30dM9AL
  7. If you wish to support @IITA_CGIAR events please contact #IITA50 Organizing Committee Chair, @KwesiAttaKrah: http://ow.ly/4dID30dMaaW
  8. A full day rich program to mark @IITA_CGIAR Anniversary on 24 July in Ibadan. Follow #IITA50 & download: http://ow.ly/LVdk30dMajV
  9. [#IITA50 –Looking Back]: The start of @IITA_CGIAR’s Training Program, and progress to date. http://ow.ly/1e7730dMd2G
  10. Who are the two principal founders of @IITA_CGIAR? Check out in #IITA50 –Looking Back special edition: http://ow.ly/CXqM30dMbYi
  11. #DidYouKnow? @IITA_CGIAR’s first project involving research cooperation was established in 1971 http://ow.ly/sFZK30dMcVc #IITA50
  12. #DYK? @IITA_CGIAR’s Campus we know today owes its history to the institute’s Physical Plant Services. http://ow.ly/QZsS30dMdLE #IITA50
  13. [A must Watch] @IITA_CGIAR 50 years of improving lives of farm families in Africa http://ow.ly/OPeq30dMb31 Follow #IITA50
  14. [#IITA50 Family Video] Living and Working in @IITA_CGIAR: Staff shared their journey, consisting long, rich… http://ow.ly/mu7v30dMb9F

Exemples de tweets en Français

  1. [Vidéo Spéciale] : A regarder absolument pour célébrer le 50ème anniversaire @IITA_CGIAR ! #IITA50 http://ow.ly/Rhlz30dImcH

Samples of posts for Facebook/LinkedIn/G+ in English

  1. Welcome to #IITA50 anniversary social media toolkit!
    @International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is joining hands with staff, alumni, partners and people across the sub-Saharan Africa to celebrate its golden jubilee in Ibadan on 24-29 July. We look back on 50 years of “Transforming Africa Agriculture”. Join us and spread the word: http://ow.ly/Rhlz30dImcH
  2. Two former heads of state of Nigeria, Dr Yakubu Gowon, and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo will be among dignitaries that would grace the 50th anniversary celebration of the @International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan on 24 July. They will be addressing a gathering of more than 1000 staff including former and serving workers of the Institute and other dignitaries.
    Follow live the event using our official hashtag: #IITA50
  3. #IITA50 family gears up for its 50th anniversary celebrations!
    The vibe is turning intense in all @International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) stations as staff and scientists prepare to celebrate the Institute as it turns golden this year! How do our staffs feel about being a member of the IITA family? Many shared their journey, consisting long, rich years of service to the Institute and wished the Institute well for this anniversary and beyond. Watch out! http://ow.ly/Q89g30dMbQ2
  4. A full day rich program to celebrate @IITA_CGIAR Anniversary! To mark this important milestone of 50th year of founding across the Institute, we are reflecting on the theme: “Celebrating our past & looking ahead”! Working with government and national agricultural research systems, IITA is indeed helping to harness the next generation of farmers – Transforming African Agriculture. Check out #IITA50 programme: http://ow.ly/LVdk30dMajV
  5. Don’t miss @IITA_CGIAR 50th anniversary next week 24-29 july!
    In appreciation of his continuous support and deep commitment to the cause of the youth, the IITA Board of Trustees, Management and Staff, and the @IITA Agripreneurs are preserving @Dr Adesina’s legacy by naming the Youth Training Center at IITA Headquarters after him. Using the building, the youth will train other African youth and together, they will unlock employment opportunities and “enable” the youth across the continent to drive Africa’s development through agriculture. http://ow.ly/LVdk30dMajV
  6. Count down to @IITA_CGIAR celebrations next week 24-29 july!
    “IITA stands with the people, and because we are truly people-centric, our goal in the last 50 years has always been to make living more fulfilling for even the poorest of the poor farming households. The Institute will continue to join hands with relevant stakeholders to do its best to transform agricultural practices on the continent,” said @Kwesi N. Atta-Krah, Chair, #IITA50 Organizing Committee and Director, Systems and Site Integration. Check out programme: http://ow.ly/LVdk30dMajV
  7. What @IITA_CGIAR will be looking at in the next 50 years ?
    talks about foresight dimension of IITA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
    ” We are strengthening the future challenges associated with our research work. The outcomes of our research have been supportive to smallholders’ farmers on the African continent. Our goal is to be a preferred valued partner on the continent.” says Dr @Kwesi N. Atta-Krah, Chair, #IITA50 Organizing Committee and Director, Systems and Site Integration. Check out programme: http://ow.ly/LVdk30dMajV
Picture of a Corporate message from Dr. Dashiell
Picture of Corporate message from Mrs. Koper

During the event (July 24)

  1. New special video to mark @IITA_CGIAR 50th anniversary: a glimpse at what we have been doing across Africa. http://ow.ly/Rhlz30dImcH
  2. You could not join us on our 24th of July event? Live through #IITA50 on our Facebook, YouTube & Instagram photo stream http://ow.ly/Rhlz30dImcH


Picture of Corporate message from Dr. Chikoye
Picture of Corporate message from Dr. Tripathi
Picture of Corporate message from Dr. Vanlauwe

[1] Eric Roset / Africa Progress Panel / cc-by-2.0, Akinwumi Adesina – 2014 (cropped), cropped and resized by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), CC BY 4.0
[3] Mmmbutho, Matata Ponyo Mapon, cropped and resized by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), CC BY-SA 4.0
[4] Africa Progress Panel, Olusegun Obasanjo 2014, cropped and resized by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), CC BY 4.0
[5] Italian G7 Presidency 2017, Yemi Osinbajo 2017-05-27, cropped and resized by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), CC BY 3.0 IT