Social Media giant Facebook has announced plans to open an office in Lagos State Nigeria.
The California based tech giant disclosed this in in blog post on their website.
The company disclosed that the opening of the Office in Lagos State Nigeria was part of their investment in Africa.
The office will be home to several teams across the company’s business including Sales, Partnerships, Policy and Communications.
It will also be the first office on the continent with a team of engineers. The office will support the Sub-Saharan region and is expected to become operational in H2 2021.
“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.”
– Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation.
This new office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, the company’s first community hub space in Africa in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening of our 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.
Since the opening of the Company’s first Africa office in 2015, the company have 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:
- Our SMB Grants program in Nigeria and South Africa, which provides a combination of cash and ad credits to help over 900 small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 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.
- And ongoing training programs across the continent which support students, SMBs, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-ups and developers.
The company also disclosed that they are delighted with the opening of the new office.
“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.”
– Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa