Global tech giant, Facebook, has announced plans for an office in Nigeria, which is to be located in the country’s commercial and tech hub, Lagos. This is coming four years after the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg visited the country.
The office location is expected to be secured and become operational between now and the second half of 2021. During the said period, although not confirmed, the company will probably begin the recruitment of a team of engineers, sales, partnership, policy, and communication.
As revealed by Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation, this attraction is from the pool of tech talents within the country. Indeed, this points to an extensive intake of more local talents in the coming months.
Operations from the new Lagos office is anticipated to boost growth in sub-Saharan African nations. The team will be responsible for building African-focused products while contributing to the growth of the African tech ecosystem.
Notably, Facebook has been running its Africa operations from its South African headquarters, which is the first on the continent, for the past five years. Headed by Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke, the activities were planned with an initial focus on Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria.
Asides from infrastructural development, the Global Tech giant has been involved in African talent building. In 2018, it launched NG Hub in partnership with CcHub. While this announcement further portrays Facebook’s interest in Africa, it’s a no-brainer that the social media giant has seen Africa has a market it will profit from in the very near future.