The online social networking site, Facebook, announced the opening of a new office in Lagos, Nigeria today as part of its ongoing investments in Africa. The new office located in Lagos is set to become the second Facebook office in Africa.
As at 2019, Nigeria remained Facebook’s biggest market in Africa with 33 million active monthly users and 16 million active daily users.
Facebook opened its first permanent office on the continent in Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch, South Africa five years ago.
According to Facebook blog post, the new office in Lagos is expected to be operational by second half of 2021 and will support the Sub-Saharan region.
The new office in Lagos will be home to several teams across Facebook business including sales, partnerships, policy and communications. Also the first office on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.
Speaking about the opening of Facebook new office, – 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’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. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”
Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa speaking about the new office added that “We’re 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’re continuing 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.”
Facebook interest in Africa shows the company’s commitment to help build the future of Africa with its
Africa is important
Over the past five years since the launch of its first office in Africa, it has made a number of investments across the continent to support the tech ecosystem, provide reliable connectivity infrastructures and help businesses grow locally, regionally and globally. These include:
Facebook investing in Africa talent
- In 2018, Facebook opened its first community hub space in Africa in partnership with CCHub.
- In 2019 opened a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance. The SBG office supports small and medium businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa through community programs as well as marketing training programs, all aimed at enabling SMBs to accelerate the growth and development of their businesses.
Facebook investment towards Internet connectivity in Africa
The development of 2Africa, the world’s largest subsea cable project that will deliver much needed internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa.
Facebook training programs and mentorship
Facebook ongoing training programs across the continent support students, SMBs, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-ups and developers.
Financial grants for Small business owners during the pandemic
Facebook SMB Grants program in Nigeria and South Africa provides a combination of cash and ad credits to help over 900 small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook Lagos office and job opportunities
Dr Dipo Awojide, a popular career mentor and coach tweet about possibility of new jobs:
Facebook to open an office in Lagos. Jobs >>— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) September 18, 2020
Chimdi Aneke, Facebook program manager tweeted this about the new office.
We are opening a Facebook office in Lagos, Nigeria later in 2021. 😍😍😍— Chimdi Aneke (@chimdinduaneke) September 18, 2020
First office on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond!https://t.co/XIIO8CU0Bj pic.twitter.com/F7KZrufBtY
From the tweet above the new Lagos office will house several staff in different departments with a possibility of recruiting a team of engineers, sales, partnership, policy, and communication experts.
It was launched in February 2004 and created by Harvard University students Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.
Source: Company news Facebook