Facebook announced Monday June 29th, 2015 it had opened its first African office in Johannesburg as part of its efforts “to help people and businesses connect” on the continent.
The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, a former executive at the advertising agency Ogilvy.
“This office will support the significant growth in businesses and people using Facebook,” said a statement from the world’s biggest social network, which has some 1.4 billion active users worldwide including 120 million in Africa.
Facebook said more than 80 percent of people in African access the social network from their mobile phones.
“This couldn’t be more true in Africa where so many people are mobile-only. This new office is a significant milestone for Facebook and our teams want to partner with businesses across the continent.”
Facebook will initially focus on in sub-Saharan countries including Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa and will also offer support for Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia.