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Facebook sponsors first community hub space in Africa
December 6, 2017, 5:33 pm

Facebook announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent.

Incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programs and a physical space that will serve as a center for learning and skills development, the initiative is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creative people.

"In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87 percent of SMEs say that when they hire, digital skills are more important than where an applicant went to school. This demonstrates that the power of digital skills to aid economic growth and development has never been more important," said Ebele Okobi, Facebook Public Policy Director for Africa.

"At Facebook, our mission is clear: To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our investments and commitments announced in Lagos further reflect our intent to partner with Nigeria's policy makers and its vibrant tech and entrepreneurial eco-system to create economic opportunity and independence in Nigeria and across Africa," she added.

In partnership with CC Hub, Facebook will be opening the doors to its first community Hub space in the heart of Lagos, scheduled to open early next year. 'NG_HUB from Facebook' will be a multi-faceted creative space, which will connect and bring together developers, start-ups and the wider community to help them collaborate, learn and exchange ideas.

The NG_HUB will also host a start-up incubator program, as well as bespoke trainings, guest speakers and a dedicated event space, all aimed at attracting the best talent and driving innovation in Nigeria's tech ecosystem.

Additionally, across Nigeria, Facebook will be supporting a number of existing tech Hubs to serve the communities outside Lagos. The hubs will function as learning centers for local communities, providing multiple opportunities for training and access.

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