Facebook said it will open a hub in Nigeria next year to focus on startups within the country and across the region.
The social networking giant said it will open an incubator as well as train Nigerians who would number into 50,000 in skills to help them develop startups to solve local problems.
“We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities,” Emeka Afigbo, its regional head of platform partnership, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Facebook said the training – aimed at software developers, entrepreneurs and students – would be offered in cities including the capital, Abuja, Port Harcourt in the south, Calabar in the southeast and Kaduna in the north.
Mark Zuckerberg and his foundation had invested in Andela, a tech-outsourcing company based in Lagos Nigeria.