ABN - Facebook has revealed it will open a ‘community hub space’ in Nigeria next year to encourage and nurture technology entrepreneurs in Africa’s largest economy.
The US social media behemoth will host an ‘incubator programme’ to help develop technology start-ups while also training 50,000 Nigerians in digital skills such as software engineering.
Technological training will be aimed at entrepreneurs and students in major cities including the capital Abuja, Port Harcourt in the South, Calabar in the Southeast and Kaduna in the North.
"We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities," said Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s regional head of platform partnership.
During a visit to Lagos in July, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said his company aims to train 10 million Africans in online skills over the next five years.
Zuckerberg also highlighted his aim to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa alone, on his visit to the West African nation.