JUST IN!! Facebook Set To Open New Office In Lagos

Posted by E.L.E.X on September 19 2020 under Tech/Cybersecurity

Facebook on Friday said it would be opening an office in
Lagos, Nigeria, as part of its continued commitment and ongoing
investment in Africa.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos, said this would be its second office on the African continent.

It said the opening of the new office was aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region.

The office, it said, was expected to become operational in 2021.

According to Facebook, it will be the first on the continent to house
a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and

Also, the office would be home to various teams servicing the
continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships,
Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.

Commenting, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product
Experimentation, said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria
presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be
developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world.

“All across Africa, we are seeing immense talent in the
tech ecosystem and I am proud that with the upcoming opening of our new
office, we will build 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.

“The investment of the new Facebook office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa.

“The hub was opened in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening
of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in
partnership with Teleperformance, “Archibong said.

Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa said that
the new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further
reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to the region.

“Our mission in Africa is no different from other parts
of the world, which is to build community and bring the world closer

“I am excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa,” Boakye said.

The policy director said since the opening of its first office in
2015, Facebook had made a number of investments across the continent,
aimed at supporting and growing the tech ecosystem.

Boakye noted that the support includes the recent rollout of its SMB Grants programme in Nigeria and South Africa.

He said this was aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing
a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they
rebuild from COVID.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said: “We are delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria.

” Five years on from opening our first office on the
continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we will continue to invest in
and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use
our platforms.

“The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent,” Ntshingila said.


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