Internet Giant, Facebook, will open an inovation hub, NG_Hub in Nigeria next year to support software developers and technology entrepreneurs. Nigeria is Facebook’s largest market in Africa. Facebook’s hub is being launched in partnership with Nigeria’s Co-Creation Hub (CCHub). Facebook will host an “incubator programme” to help develop high technology start-ups. It also plans to train 50,000 Nigerians in digital skills. This is set to begin in early 2018
Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships, Middle East & Africa, said:
“We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities. What we aim to do at the incubator is to provide support for high tech start-ups that do not ordinarily get investments, until they can develop a proof of concept, which will attract other investors.”
Facebook, however, did not provide details of the period over which its planned training would take place. The training, aimed at software developers, entrepreneurs and students, would be offered in cities, including Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Kaduna
US technology companies are increasingly turning to Africa’s large youth population to expand their user base and to drive innovation. In Nigeria alone, there are 22 million monthly Facebook users; 10 million of them log in daily to the platform, all on mobile devices, Facebook says. Google recently opened a launchpad physical location in Lagos, its first physical location outside of the US. Google CEO earlier this year visited Nigeria. Mark Zuckerberg last year visited Nigeria, taking viral pictures at the famous Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge.