Tech giant Facebook Inc is soon opening its second Africa office in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2021; according to Facebook, this is is part of their “ongoing investments in Africa” and will support the sub-Saharan Africa region.
The new investments will house a team of staff that will include sales, policy, partnerships, communications, and engineering; according to the statement, the office “will also be the first office on the continent with a team of engineers.”
“I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.” Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation, said.
The new investment is Facebook’s latest critical footprint in Nigeria after the opening of the NG_Hub in 2018, a community hub space in Africa in partnership with CcHub, and last year’s opening of the Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance.
Facebook opened its first African office in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2015 and boasts of helping over 900 small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and South Africa through their SMB Grants program in Nigeria and South Africa, which provides a combination of cash and ad credits.
Facebook is also keen on training programs across the continent, targeting students, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-ups, and developers. The tech giant is also considering 2Africa, the world’s largest subsea cable project that will boost internet connectivity and reliability across the continent.
Nigeria is home to the highest number of Facebook users in Africa, definitely the best attraction for Facebook, which also seeks to gain footing in the continent that the fastest grousing population of young people in the world.
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