Facebook says it hosted small and medium sized enterprises from Nigeria and Ghana to support entrepreneurship across West Africa.
The session focused on how Facebook can help small businesses reach exactly the right customers – for less money and with greater returns, according to the social media company.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to Facebook, a growing number of them are in Africa – 54% of people on Facebook in Nigeria are connected to a small or medium business.[/quote]More than 50 million small businesses around the world actively use Facebook Pages because they’re free, easy to use, and they work well on mobile. More than 2.5 million SMEs worldwide actively invest their hard-earned dollars with Facebook every month, a number that has doubled in the past two years, Facebook said.
According to Facebook, a growing number of them are in Africa – 54% of people on Facebook in Nigeria are connected to a small or medium business.
But for Facebook, this is only the start of Facebook’s potential to help small and medium sized enterprises in West Africa to thrive, the company says.
Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Africa for Facebook says “Africa is home to some of the world’s most vibrant and exciting small businesses, and these enterprises are the backbone of the economy. These smaller businesses drive economic growth and create jobs that lift people to prosperity. The number one reason they succeed or fail is their ability to attract customers. As more and more people turn to smartphones and the web to discover and connect with businesses, Facebook is the best platform for African SMEs to promote their brands.”
Nicola Mendelsohn, EMEA vice-president at Facebook Mendelsohn, says “technology is driving real progress. When I visit Africa, this comes to life in every conversation and with every story I hear about entrepreneurs creating jobs and solving problems with technology’s help. We’re invigorated by how Ghanaian and Nigerian SMEs are using Facebook to grow brand awareness and boost engagement with their customers. We look forward to doing more to support entrepreneurs as they build their businesses.”
In 2015, Facebook said that it held 225 events across 19 countries, reaching over 200,000 small business owners with training on how to use its platform effectively to drive sales and marketing goals. Africa will be a focus region for such events for the rest of this year.