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Meta Trains 80,000 Nigerian SMEs, Others In 2021



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Meta has trained 80,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) In Nigeria and 12 other African countries in 2021.

The company said this in its ‘2021 Africa Year in Review’ report.

According to Meta, it “Trained over 80,000 SMBs across 13 countries through our economic impact programmes.”

It added that the programmes included “Meta Boost (formerly Boost with Facebook) and SheMeansBusiness.”

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It also “graduated 338 young people through the Digify Pro programme, with nearly 70 per cent getting jobs.”

The Director for Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo, said, “This year, we’ve witnessed an abundance of talent, growth and resilience from across Africa, despite the many challenges due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

“It’s been inspiring to witness the development of various communities, from creators to SMBs and tech innovators, many of whom are using Meta technologies to grow and develop their craft.

“We believe that Meta sits at the intersection of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and social connection, and we’re excited about the future of the continent, and Meta’s ongoing role in helping to unlock Africa’s potential.”

Meta added that it introduced Facebook Marketplace to 37 countries and territories across sub-Saharan Africa.

Also, it trained 65,000 people across eight African countries on digital literacy.

The company said it launched ‘2Africa Pearls’ which is a new segment of a subsea cable.

Also, it created new branches and connected three continents – Africa, Europe, and Asia, in partnerships.

It said the partnership is with eight local and global partners, among other developments.

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)