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Facebook And Google Help African Startups [Details Inside]

Facebook and Google move to Nigeria. The objective is to strengthen business incubators, train developers, and provide funds to African startups.

On November 22, during a conference in Lagos, Facebook’s Ebele Okobi, Director of Public Policy for Africa, announced that the US giant would fund a community space for start-ups in Nigeria and digital training programs. .

”  We are here today because Facebook wants to invest in Nigeria. We want to support people and organizations that create economic opportunities  . ” Objective: to train 50,000 SMEs and entrepreneurs in digital and Facebook services to boost growth and development. One target in particular: the creative industries and cultural entrepreneurs, which according to Okobi constitute the cornerstone of Nigeria’s economic influence.

To do so, the US giants have signed an agreement with the incubator of Lagos CC_Hub to create a community space in 2018, the NG_HUB, which will bring together developers, entrepreneurs and start-ups, to offer them offices and training. Facebook will also partner with other digital clusters in Abuja, Kaduna, Jos and Enugu.

Emeka Afigbo, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Africa and the Middle East said, ”  Nigeria is producing a new generation of start-ups with incredible potential. ”

In addition to these collaborations, Facebook should collaborate with the African Development Bank (AfDB) on a project to train Nigerians in computer code.

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