Facebook to open Nigerian hub next year

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Facebook in a move to deepens its brand in the country, plans to open a “community hub space” in Nigeria next year, to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs.

The centre, according to the company will host an “incubator programme” to help develop technology start-ups, while it will also train 50,000 Nigerians in digital skills.

Facebook did not provide details of the period over which its planned training would take place in Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous country with 180 million inhabitants.

Its regional head, platform partnership, Emeka Afigbo said they understand the important role Facebook plays in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities.”

Facebook in a statement in Lagos explained that the training – aimed at software developers, entrepreneurs and students – would be offered in cities including the capital, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, and Kaduna

Last year Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited technology companies in Lagos and his charitable foundation provided $24 million to Andela, which trains developers.

Google’s chief executive in a July visit to Lagos said the company aimed to train 10 million people across the continent in online skills over the next five years.

He also said it hoped to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

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