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18 remarkable Nigerian Facebook employees inspire Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria.

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18 remarkable Nigerian Facebook employees inspire Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria.

18 remarkable Nigerian Facebook employees inspire Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria.

By Musopa Kalenga

Africans were amazed this week as Facebook CEO; Mark Zuckerberg paid a surprise visit to Lagos, Nigeria. His visit was mainly inspired by the promising technology ecosystem in Nigeria where he has made an investment of $24 million in Andela and of course the 18 brilliant Nigerians that have been working with Facebook played a major role in Zuckerberg’s decision to visit Nigeria as the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Firstly, he visited the Co-Creation Hub, in Yaba where he watched children learning to code and interacted with at least 50 local startup founders and developers. Furthermore, he hosted a live Question and Answer session with selected developers and entrepreneurs. While visiting Nigeria, he was spotted walking on the streets of Yaba to get to Andela and he also jogged on the famous Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge.

Who are these 18 extraordinary Nigerians that highly influenced Zuckerberg’s visit to Lagos?

  1. Chukwuemeka Afigbo

Nigerian Facebook employees

  • Afigbo currently manages Strategic Product Partnerships for Facebook in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  1. Ime Archibong

Nigerian Facebook employees

  • 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.
  1. Ebele Okobi

Nigerian Facebook employees

  • Okobi has headed Public Policy for Facebook in Africa for the past 2 years.
  1. Nmachi Jidenma

Nigerian Facebook employees

  • Jidenma manages Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global,
  1. Laurence Aderemi

Nigerian Facebook employees

  • Aderemi was hired to head Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global.
  1. Morin Oluwole

Nigerian Facebook employees

  • Oluwole is The Chief of Staff, VP Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook.
  1. Lauryn (Hale) Ogbechie

Nigerian Facebook employees

  • Ogbechie leads a Strategic Partnership team within Facebook’s Global Platform Partnerships organization in Menlo Park, CA.
  1. Francis Ebong

Nigerian Facebook employees

  • Ebong holds the position of capacity of Director, Online Operations
  1. Teniola Adedipe

 

  • Adedipe is the Program Manager, Deal Desk & Global Agency at Facebook, New York City area.
  1. Monica Ugwi
  • Ugwi works with the Product Operations division of Facebook
  1. Ibrahim Shekoni
  • Shekoni is Facebook’s Product Specialist at San Francisco Bay Area.
  1. Olaoluwa Okelola
  • Okelola is one of the few Nigerian-born software engineers at Facebook.
  1. Barbara Mbanefo
  • Mbanefo is another Nigerian-born software Engineer at Facebook, where she develops iOS applications that help businesses connect with their customers.
  1. Kunbi Adeyemo
  • Between 2013 and 2014, she was on the Facebook North America Small and Medium Business Team as a Customer Insights Analyst. 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.
  1. Isaac Nwokocha
  • Nwokocha secured a role as Product Data Integrity, Community Operations/Project Manager at Facebook.
  1. Michael Awotedu
  • Awotedu works in Risk Program Management at Facebook where he helps to facilitate strategy, and execution for Risk Management on products like FB games, Oculus VR and Ads.
  1. Jane Okpala
  • Okpala Is the Product Specialist (Social Good and Goodwill), Community Operations, at Facebook.
  1. Dayo Olopade
  • 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.

 

 

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