One of the largest social media platforms in the world, Facebook has just launched its first technology hub in Africa in Nigeria. The hub which is situated in Montgomery, Yaba in Lagos State has been fitted with the latest technologies in information and communications technology as well as quite a number of work spaces to provide users with a conducive environment to generate and work towards achieving innovative ideas.
The hub, NG_Hub will be used as a centre to develop more technological advancements in Artificial intelligence, Augmented Reality, Machine learning, Internet of Things, amongst others.
While the hub has been established to help users develop in ICT, the hub will work with Facebook to empower about 50,000 Nigerians with digital training classes.
The social media company has noted that Nigeria has a robust technology ecosystem with 26 million daily users and that this initiative is expected to lead to more growth.
According to the Vice President, Product Partnership, Facebook, Ime Archibong, the NG_Hub will also provide services that incorporates every available user as well as SMEs in an entirely ICT ecosystem and provide an opportunity for more businesses to be developed.
In a statement, the Director, Public Policy for Facebook, Ebele Okobi said that Nigeria was chosen as the first location to establish the hub in Africa based on the impact and importance of the country in the area of improving technology in Africa. She also added that Facebook will be working in partnership with CCHUB, Digify, APCON, She Leads Africa, Triple A, among others to make the initiative beneficial across Africa.
Co-founder, CCHUB, Bosun Tijani said in a statement at the event that this initiative would be beneficial for Nigeria and would give Africa the opportunity to build new solutions that would help the continent.