Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg impressed with Nigeria's jobberman

Following the launch of Free Basics in Nigeria yesterday, Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg to his Facebook page to make the announcement.

In the post, he outlined the partnership with Airtel Africa to launch the platform in Nigeria, adding that there is a lot of innovation across Africa right now.

The Facebook founder also touted Nigeria as being home to a lot of talented developers before going on to praise Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi, and Opeyemi Awoyemi - the three guys who founded jobs site, Jobberman in 2009 - for being innovation leaders in the Nigerian tech space.

According to Zuckerberg, Jobberman now get 5, 000 applications a day, with the platform being one of the top 100 websites in the country.

"Free Basics offers Nigerians, including 90 million people who are currently offline, the opportunity to access news, health information and services like Jobberman that were built by Nigerians and other developers across West Africa -- all without having to pay for data," said Zuckerberg in the post.

The Facebook CEO says Free Basics is now in more than 40 countries - half of which are in Africa. He also expressed hopes of connecting developers with people that can use their apps as well as partnering with local companies to bring Internet to the people who don't have access to it.

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