Facebook has pronounced its plans to open an office in Lagos, Nigeria, its second establishment on the African continent. This is to support the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The social media conglomerate will be starting its operations in 2021 which is expected to comprise a team of engineers at work to build for Africa and the world as a whole.
According to the Head of Product Experimentation, Ime Archibong, the launch of this new arm of operation in Nigeria is strategized to create new digital innovation opportunities for developed. In his speech, he revealed plans which included the development of new products and expressed his excitement to contribute to the African tech ecosystem. The venture of this new Facebook organisation came after the 2018 launch of the NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space and the Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos.
Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa, Mr Kojo Boakye in an interview stated: “Our new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces our ongoing commitment to the region”. 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.”
Since the inauguration of its first branch in 2015, the social media giant has organised several investments across the continent aimed at helping the tech ecosystem and providing dependable connectivity structures and helping companies to grow locally. Its recent achievement has been the SMB Grants programme in Nigeria and South Africa, that assisted over 900 businesses through the provision of credits to help small businesses in the era of COVID-19.