The internet has been buzzing about Mark Zuckerberg visit to Nigeria, but if there’s anything most exciting about the Zuckerberg's surprise visit, it’s the fact that he chose Nigeria as his first destination in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is more than enough validation for the Nigerian technology ecosystem
His first stop was the Co-Creation Hub, in Yaba, Lagos where he watched children learning to code and interacted with at least 50 local startup founders and developers. More impressively, he trekked over 2km through the streets of Yaba to get to Andela, the talent accelerator he recently invested $24 million in.
Without a doubt, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg is beginning to take Nigeria seriously. But that didn’t happen suddenly. You’ll find proof in the increasing number of Nigerians on his payroll.
(1) Chukwuemeka Afigbo
Chukwuemeka Afigbo joined Facebook from Google, where he served until 2015 before being replaced by Aniedi Udo-Obong.
Afigbo currently manages Strategic Product Partnerships for Facebook in Sub-Saharan Africa and was instrumental in Mark Zuckerberg’s Nigeria tour.
(2) Ime Archibong
Ime Archibong is the Director, Strategic Partnerships at Facebook, where he leads a team working to connect Facebook’s products and strategies with various business partners.
Archibong and his team have worked on everything related to Facebook including the Messenger app. Prior to joining Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM.
(3) Nmachi Jidenma
With previous experiences working at PayPal, Google and JP Morgan, she also happens to be the founder of CPAfrica.
(4) Ebele Okobi
(5) Laurence Aderemi
Apparently, his competence got the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, who hired him to head Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global.
(6) Morin Oluwole
(7) Lauryn (Hale) Ogbechie
|Lauryn (Hale) Ogbechie (Left)|
Prior to Facebook, Ogbechie worked as a digital organiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign.
(8) Francis Ebong
(9) Teniola Adedipe
|Teniola Adedipe (Left)|
Teniola Adedipe is now the Program Manager, Deal Desk & Global Agency at Facebook, New York City area.
(10) Monica Ugwi
A graduate of Computer Science, Ugwi also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
(11) Ibrahim Shekoni
Prior to joining Facebook, he was the Mobile Product Manager at optionXpress where he managed the top-rated mobile trading App across multiple Mobile platforms. He also worked as a Business Analyst at Phoenix bits LTD overseeing various operations. He joined Facebook in April 2015.
(12) Olaoluwa Okelola
Having completed his secondary education at the International School Ibadan, Okelola proceeded to Avi-Cenna International School and Howard University, Washington DC, to complete his secondary and university education respectively. He then joined Microsoft as Explorer Intern in January 2005 and left in August the same year for Google where he worked as an Engineering intern from May 2006 until August 2006.
Okelola joined Facebook in 2007 and has been there ever since.
(13) Barbara Mbanefo
Mbanefo completed her primary and secondary education in Nigeria before proceeding to France to obtain her Masters degree in Software Engineering. She speaks French fluently. Prior to joining Facebook in May 2016, Mbanefo worked as a Software Engineer and a Mobile App User Experience Designer in France, Canada and Hollywood, California.
(14) Kunbi Adeyemo
In December 2014, Adeyemo moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has since served as Facebook’s Diversity Programs Manager – Women in Computer Science.
(15) Isaac Nwokocha
Probably deciding he had had enough of entrepreneurship, Nwokocha proceeded to Stanford for a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering. No sooner had he completed his Masters Degree than he secured a role as a Product Data Integrity, Community Operations/Project Manager at Facebook.
(16) Michael Awotedu
Prior to Facebook, Awotedu oversaw Risk Management for Walmart’s $30 billion check cashing
(17) Jane Okpala
With almost 10 years of strategic, analytical, negotiating, presentation, and management expertise, Jane Okpala is the Product Specialist (Social Good and Goodwill), Community Operations, at Facebook.
A polyglot in her own right — she speaks at least 4 languages — Okpala worked previously as an Associate at McKinsey & Company where she served mainly technology and financial institution clients on a wide variety of analytical and strategic engagements.
(18) Dayo Olopade
Nowadays, Olopade applies her wealth of journalistic experience on the Facebook Media Partnerships Team, where she helps publishers take advantage of Facebook, from a business and product perspective. She maintains a painstakingly detailed personal website.
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