Recently in Lagos, Facebook announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent.
Incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes and a physical space that will serve as a center for learning and skills development, this set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the technological and start-up ecosystem, youths and creativity.
“In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87% of SMEs say that when they hire, digital skills are more important than where an applicant went to school. This demonstrates that the power of digital skills to aid economic growth and development has never been more important”, comments Ebele Okobi, Facebook Public Policy Director, Africa.
In partnership with CC Hub, Facebook will be opening the doors to its first community Hub space in the heart of Lagos, scheduled to open early next year. ‘NG_HUB from Facebook’ will be a multi-faceted creative space, which will connect and bring together developers, start-ups and the wider communities to collaborate learn and exchange ideas.
The NG_HUB will also host a start-up incubator programme, as well as bespoke training, guest speakers and a dedicated event space, all aimed at attracting the best talent and driving innovation in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. Additionally, across Nigeria, Facebook will be supporting a number of existing tech Hubs to serve the communities outside Lagos.
The hubs will function as learning centres for local communities, providing multiple opportunities for training and access.
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