Companies like Google, Facebook, SEC2Africa, and Oradian are identifying what could be the missing links in the digital ecosystem: knowledge transfer and face-to-face interaction.
The international tech community is nurturing Africa’s digital ecosystem by supporting skills development, technology adoption, and the growth of digital businesses across the continent. Giants like Google and Facebook are leading the effort through direct investment, partnerships and in-market teams in key African markets.
Google and Facebook both opened offices in Nigeria in 2017. Lagos is home to Facebook’s first African tech hub and one of Google’s four African offices (the others are in Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa). These tech hubs are leading ambitious initiatives to train young African in digital skills. Google aims to train two million people across Africa each year and Facebook will train 50,000 Nigerians per year.
The tech hubs also serve as incubators for startups seeking to attract early-stage investment. As Facebook’s regional Head of Partnerships Emeka Afigbo said in an interview with CNN, “What we aim to do at the incubator is to provide support for high tech …read more