” 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.