Facebook will be officially launching their African head quarters in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 7th of July 2015! Good news for the entire continent, as it seems to be a clear indication that Africa is a big focus for the world’s largest social media network.
Even better news, is that EatOut has been selected as one of only seven businesses from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa and they will be flying us over to Jozi to represent Kenya in a roundtable discussion with VP of Facebook EMEA, Nicola Mendelsohn. Who knows… Zuck may also pay us a visit!
Last month, we had the team from Facebook visit our offices to film an interview with EatOut’s senior management.
The 200+ billion dollar giant has seen tremendous growth in Africa with approximately 50% of all Internet users, a staggering 120million people currently using the platform. Unsurprisingly, 80% of Facebook usage in Africa is happening on mobile devices. The new Facebook office will support the growth of businesses and people using Facebook in key markets countries in Sub Saharan Africa such as Kenya (East Africa), Nigeria (West Africa), and South Africa (Southern Africa) as well as other supported territories including Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia. Their new offices will be located at the prestigious Melrose Arch in Johannesburg with Nunu Ntshingila as the Head of Facebook Africa.
We’ll be documenting our teams journey at Facebook HQs, but when we last spoke to our CEO, he seemed more excited about bringing back some biltong! Who can blame him?