Facebook is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the launch of its Nigeria Hub (NG_Hub), which opened in Lagos in 2018. In a statement issued this week, the social media giant further cemented its ambitions in the region by reaffirming its plans to train users across Nigeria in digital skills.
Created as part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment and investment in growing the start-up ecosystem, and in partnership with incubator, CcHub, NG_Hub is a multi-faceted space which connects and bring together developers, start-up’s and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas.
With a number of expert training and events with partners across Nigeria, undertaking in the hub and externally, the aim is to equip individuals and businesses to grow.
Over the past year, the Hub has trained over 50,800 SMBs in digital skills across 20 states in Nigeria. It has delivered 526 events with over 11,490 attendees at NG_Hub, including programmes such as AR/VR meetups, FbStart Accelerator Programme, Facebook Community Leaders Community meetings (CLCs), and Developer Circle gatherings among others.
The Hub has also directly supported businesses in 11 different industries from agriculture, through to catering, education and fashion
Speaking of its one-year anniversary, Adaora Ikenze, Head of Public Policy, West and Central Africa, said she is proud of the incredible impact that NG_Hub has had in its first year, and continues to have on the lives of young Nigerians.
“We remain committed in deepening our engagement, increasing skills development and supporting the next set of innovators, tech entrepreneurs, start-ups, in our collective bid to change the face of technology and grow the economy,” she continued.
Commenting on the partnership Bosun Tijani, Founder and CEO of CcHub, added that the organisation is glad about the tremendous impact Facebook’s investment in NG_HUB has had in such a short period and the ecosystem is already seeing the fruits of this commitment.
“We’re committed to working with Facebook to position NG_HUB as a major platform that drives smart application of technology innovation for economic prosperity across the region and beyond,” Tijani said.