Social media giant, Facebook Inc. is geared to open a Lagos office in 2021. The office will warehouse several departments across the organisation namely: Sales, Partnerships, Policy, and Communications.
It will also be the first office in Africa with a team of engineers. The office will support Facebook engagements in, Sub-Saharan Africa and will be operational by the second quarter of 2021.
Ime Archibong, Facebook Head of New Product Experimentation said: “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.”
Facebook’s first foray in Africa was in 2015 when the first office was opened and have made a number of considerable investments across the continent to support the tech ecosystem, provide reliable connectivity infrastructures and help businesses grow locally, regionally and globally. These include:
- 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.