Mark Zukerberg of Facebook heap praises on Nigeria’s young and talented developers!
Facebook is partnering with Airtel Africa to launch Internet.org Free Basics in Nigeria. There’s a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria in particular is home to a lot of talented developers.
Mr Mark identified the brilliance of Nigeria’s tech talent, Particularly noting Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi who started a site called Jobberman in their dorm to help connect people looking for work with companies looking to hire. Now Jobberman is one of the top 100 websites in Nigeria, and it gets 5,000 applications every day.
Free Basics will 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.
Free Basics is now live in more than 40 countries, and half of those are in Africa. Over the next few months, we’ll be doing even more to connect developers with people who can use their apps — and partner with local companies to bring internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks.
While we are happy about the partnership with Facebook, Mr Mark is excited to see what Nigerians build next!
Proud to be Nigerian!