Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has announced plans to launch a training program and incubator in Nigeria.
The social media platform will open a community hub space in Nigeria next year to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs and become the latest technology giant to pursue a training program in fast-growing Africa.
This centre would also host an incubator program to help develop technology startups, while it will also train 50,000 Nigerians in digital skills.
According to Emeka Afigbo who is the Head of Platform Partnership for the Middle East and Africa
The hub would be a multi-faceted creative space, which would connect developers, start-ups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. Additionally, across Nigeria, Facebook will be supporting a number of existing technology hubs to serve the communities outside Lagos. The hubs will function as learning centres for local communities, providing multiple opportunities for training. Nigeria is producing a new generation of exciting start-ups that have incredible potential. We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups.
The hub which would be known as NG_Hub from Facebook will open early 2018 in collaboration with CoCreation Hub and will be based in Lagos.
As regards the training, it will be offered in Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Calabar and Kaduna.