Facebook's first hub for Afrika launched in Lagos

On Tuesday, 22 May 2018, Facebook unveiled their first ever hub space in Afrika. Known as the NG_Hub, it is located in Lagos, Nigeria and it is in partnership with CcHub.

As part of the unveiling of NG_Hub, Facebook also announced partnerships with seven other hubs across Nigeria including in Abuja (Ventures Platform), Jos (nHub), Kaduna (Colab Hub), Kano (DI Hub), Uyo (Start Innovation Hub), Enugu (Roar Hub) and Port Harcourt (Ken Saro Wiwa Hub).

Poster at the NG_hub Poster at Facebook's NG_Hub.

“Technology provides expansive opportunities to engage young, creative and resourceful Nigerians, especially in delivering solutions to challenges across communities here in Nigeria. Our mission is to build community and bring the world closer together, NG_Hub provides that physical space that will serve as a centre of learning and skills development in Lagos, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create,” said Ime Archibong, Vice President of Partnerships at Facebook.

When announcing the pending launch of NG_Hub earlier in May 2018, Facebook indicated that the launch signals their commitment and seriousness in investigating in partnerships with various communities across Nigeria. The hub space, along with the other partner hubs in Nigeria, will, according to Facebook serve as centres of excellence and will feature dedicated Facebook spaces, where many of Facebook’s training sessions will take place, and a space where creatives and developers can book to help them advance their skills.

“Our aim has always been to provide a viable platform for creatives and innovators to express their talent and create solutions to the myriad of social and economic challenges faced by countries across the continent. Partnering with Facebook on NG_Hub enables us to achieve our objectives at scale and make the desired impact in the tech ecosystem here in Lagos,” said Bosun Tijani, Founder and CEO at CcHub.

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