NIGERIA – American social media conglomerate corporation, Facebook has announced that it will set up a new office in Lagos, Nigeria’s financial capital to support its operations in the entire sub-Saharan African region.

This is the second office of its kind to be opened on the continent. The first was opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2015 as part of an effort by Facebook to invest in and support local talent.

The social media conglomerate revealed that the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.

Facebook’s office in Nigeria will also be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships, Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.

 “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,” Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation said.

 “All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and 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.”

Ime Archibong- Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation

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

It also follows the 2019 opening of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance.

The SBG center provides outsourced support to all English-speaking advertisers across Sub-Saharan Africa and offers support to Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) through its Advocacy, Community & Education (ACE) programme, as well as its Marketing Expert sales programmes.

“Our mission in Africa is no different to elsewhere in the world – to build community and bring the world closer together, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa.” commented Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa.

Since the opening of its first office in 2015, Facebook has made a number of investments across the continent the most recent one being the SMB Grants programme for Nigeria and South Africa.

The SMB Grants programme is aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they rebuild from COVID.

Facebook is also involved in development of 2Africa, the world’s largest subsea cable project that will deliver much needed internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa.

The social media conglomerate is also providing support to Africa’s businesses through its ongoing training programmes across the continent which support various communities including students, SMBs, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-up’s and developers.

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