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Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO: Nigeria, ‘home to a lot of talented developers’

Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO: Nigeria, ‘home to a lot of talented developers’
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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook says Nigeria, “home to a lot of talented developers” has become a key driver of innovation across the African continent.

The Facebook founder, who took to the social media platform to pay tribute to Nigeria’s growing army of technology innovators says that “there’s a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria in particular is home to a lot of talented developers.”

He said this amid the social media giant’s partnership with Airtel Nigeria to launch free basic Internet service in Nigeria.

Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook

The Internet.org platform by Facebook aims to give people valuable free services that they can use to discover the entire wealth of online services and, ultimately become paying users of the Internet.[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” arrow=”yes”]Zuckerberg recalled how in 2009 three Nigerians, Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi started a site called Jobberman in their dorm to help connect people looking for work with companies looking to hire. “Now Jobberman is one of the top 100 websites in Nigeria, and it gets 5,000 applications every day,” he adds.[/quote]

While disclosing the partnership with Airtel to bring this platform to Nigeria on his Facebook Timeline, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder says: “there’s a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria in particular is home to a lot of talented developers.”

Zuckerberg recalled how in 2009 three Nigerians, Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi started a site called Jobberman in their dorm to help connect people looking for work with companies looking to hire.

“Now Jobberman is one of the top 100 websites in Nigeria, and it gets 5,000 applications every day,” he adds.

According to him, Free Basics offers Nigerians, including 90 million people who are currently offline, the opportunity to access news, health information and services like Jobberman that were built by Nigerians and other developers across West Africa, all without having to pay for data.

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DEMO Africa file photo shows tech innovators

Furthermore, the Facebook founder disclosed that Free Basics is now live in more than 40 countries, and half of those are in Africa.

He continues: “over the next few months, we’ll be doing even more to connect developers with people who can use their apps and partner with local companies to bring internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks.”

For Nigerians to browse popular websites for free, they only have to download the Free Basics app on Android or visit FreeBasics.com on their phone with an Airtel SIM card.

 

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Writer at Technology Times Media e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng

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