No less than 7,000 women in businesses have been trained by Facebook in 2019 on digital skills in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa.
This was revealed in an infographic released by the company tagged ‘2019 Year in Review’. Facebook also said, while highlighting some of its investments and achievements in Africa, that it expanded its third-party fact-checking to 10 African countries.
Recall that Nairametrics had reported that the fact-checking project which is aimed at combating fake news moved to Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, and other countries after Facebook successfully pioneered it in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, and Senegal.
According to Facebook, its investments in Sub-Saharan Africa is an expression of its commitment to giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
Facebook said it made significant support and investments into growing the ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and many other communities.
The tech company also said it partnered with MainOne in Nigeria to build and operate more than 750kilometres terrestrial fiber infrastructure to provide metro fiber connectivity to more than one million people in Edo and Ogun States.
Also in Edo state, a tech hub was launched by a new gathering of developers known as Facebook Developers Circles. Punch reported that the Tech Hub is expected to create a community where experts and tech enthusiasts meet to deepen their knowledge of tech and develop new products.
About Facebook Developer Circles: Developer Circles is a new programme from Facebook which comprises of a global network of developer communities around the world. It is driven by Facebook’s overall mission to connect the world and provide its 20 million users and businesses with a growing host of tools and services.