18 brilliant Nigerians working with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook

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    It’s no longer news that the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is in Lagos, Nigeria.

    His first stop was the Co-Creation Hub, in Yaba where he watched children learning to code and interacted with at least 50 local startup founders and developers. More impressively, he trekked over 2km through the streets of Yaba to get to Andela, the talent accelerator he recently invested $24 million in.

    Today Wednesday, he hosted a live Q&A session with selected developers and entrepreneurs, but not before he was “spotted” jogging on the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge.

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    Just ran 1.5m w Mark Zuckerberg! He killed me 1st mile! Pushed me to 8min. Was so beat & slowed I missed a photo! [​IMG]

    But if there’s anything most exciting about Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise visit, it’s the fact that he chose Nigeria as his first destination in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is more than enough validation for the Nigerian technology ecosystem

    Without a doubt, Mark Zuckerberg is beginning to take Nigeria seriously. But that didn’t happen suddenly. You’ll find proof in the increasing number of Nigerians on his payroll.

    Chukwuemeka Afigbo
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    Chukwuemeka Afigbo joined Facebook from Google, where he served until 2015 before being replaced by Aniedi Udo-Obong.

    Afigbo currently manages Strategic Product Partnerships for Facebook in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been instrumental in Mark Zuckerberg’s Nigeria tour.

    Ime Archibong
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    Ime 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. Prior to joining Facebook, Archibong was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM.

    Archibong has also been instrumental in Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria.

    Ebele Okobi
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    Ebele Okobi has headed Public Policy for Facebook in Africa for the past 2 years. She was the former Global Head & Senior Legal Director, Human Rights for Yahoo!

    Okobi played a key role in Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria.

    Nmachi Jidenma
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    Nmachi Jidenma manages Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global, right from the heart of San Francisco Bay Area.

    With previous experiences working at PayPal, Google and JP Morgan, she also happens to be the founder of CPAfrica.

    Laurence Aderemi
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    Laurence Aderemi built Moni, a person-to-person money transfer app, which won the 2013 edition of Start with e-novation.

    Apparently, his competence got the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, who hired him to head Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global.

    Morin Oluwole
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    Having been raised in Nigeria but lived in 3 continents, Morin Oluwole is a polyglot — she speaks about 5 languages. This is probably why she sealed a role as the Chief of Staff, VP Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook.

    UPDATE 1: Morin Oluwole has since taken up a new position as the Luxury Vertical Lead for Facebook/Instagram.

    Lauryn (Hale) Ogbechie
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    Lauryn Ogbechie (L)

    Lauryn Ogbechie leads a Strategic Partnership team within Facebook’s Global Platform Partnerships organisation in Menlo Park, CA. In this role she partners with mobile developers to help them build, grow and monetise their apps through the integration of Facebook platform products.

    Prior to Facebook, Ogbechie worked as a digital organiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

    Francis Ebong
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    Francis Ebong joined Facebook in November 2015 where he has since acted in the capacity of Director, Online Operations. Francis is a graduate of The George Washington University.

    Teniola Adedipe
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    Teniola Adedipe (L). Source: Bella Naija

    Prior to joining Facebook, Teniola Adedipe served in two capacities within Konga (Nigerian eCommerce giant), in the space of 14 months. She started out as the Head, Merchandise Planning in January 2014, she then went on to become Associate Director, Retail Operations.

    Teniola Adedipe is now the Program Manager, Deal Desk & Global Agency at Facebook, New York City area.

    Monica Ugwi
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    Still relatively new at the company, Monica Ugwi works with the Product Operations division of Facebook. Prior to that, she was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company and an Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

    A graduate of Computer Science, Ugwi also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

    Ibrahim Shekoni
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    Ibrahim Sekoni is Facebook’s Product Specialist at San Francisco Bay Area. His previous experience no doubt played a huge role in blending him into Facebook.

    Prior to joining Facebook, he was the Mobile Product Manager at optionXpress where he managed the top-rated mobile trading App across multiple Mobile platforms. He also worked as a Business Analyst at Phoenix bits LTD overseeing various operations. He joined Facebook in April 2015.

    Olaoluwa Okelola
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    Olaoluwa Okelola is one of the few Nigerian-born software engineers at Facebook.

    Having completed his secondary education at the International School Ibadan, Okelola proceeded to Avi-Cenna International School and Howard University, Washington DC, to complete his secondary and university education respectively. He then joined Microsoft as Explorer Intern in January 2005 and left in August the same year for Google where he worked as an Engineering intern from May 2006 until August 2006.

    Okelola joined Facebook in 2007 and has been there ever since.

    UPDATE 2: All post-publication updates are below. The total number of Nigerians on the list is now 18

    Barbara Mbanefo
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    Barbara Mbanefo is another Nigerian-born software Engineer at Facebook, where she develops iOS applications that help businesses connect with their customers.

    Mbanefo completed her primary and secondary education in Nigeria before proceeding to France to obtain her Masters degree in Software Engineering. She speaks French fluently. Prior to joining Facebook in May 2016, Mbanefo worked as a Software Engineer and a Mobile App User Experience Designer in France, Canada and Hollywood, California

    Kunbi Adeyemo
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    Kunbi Adeyemo has served in two capacities at Facebook. 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.

    Isaac Nwokocha
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    After obtaining a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2010, Isaac Nwokocha tried his hands out on entrepreneurship; he co-founded two startups, including real-time road traffic web app,TrafficDey.

    Probably deciding he had had enough of entrepreneurship, Nwokocha proceeded to Stanford for a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering. No sooner had he completed his Masters Degree than he secured a role as a Product Data Integrity, Community Operations/Project Manager at Facebook.

    Michael Awotedu
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    Armed with an MBA in Finance (summa cum laude) from the University of Tampa John H. Sykes College of Business, Michael 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.

    Prior to Facebook, Awotedu oversaw Risk Management for Walmart’s $30 billion check cashing portfolio.

    PS: I happen to know Michael Awotedu personally, as he hails from my alma mater — Federal Government College, Odogbolu (I couldn’t resist the temptation to let you in on that).

    Jane Okpala
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    With almost 10 years of strategic, analytical, negotiating, presentation, and management expertise, Jane Okpala is the Product Specialist (Social Good and Goodwill), Community Operations, at Facebook.

    A polyglot in her own right — she speaks at least 4 languages — Okpala worked previously as an Associate at McKinsey & Company where she served mainly technology and financial institution clients on a wide variety of analytical and strategic engagements

    Dayo Olopade
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    Dayo Olopade started her career as a journalist in Washington, covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama era for publications including The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Washington Post.

    Nowadays, 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. She maintains a painstakingly detailedpersonal website.

    Do you know any other brilliant Nigerians working with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to update accordingly.

    Featured Image: Chukwuemeka Afigbo and Ime Archibong flank Mark Zuckerberg to the left and right respectively. Credit: Co-Creation Hub.
     
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    Nigeria and the rest of the continent need such positive initiatives. Tech is the future and Africa (especially Nigeria) will be a big player in that future. BUT tech is very jobs poor. Given that 40% (!) of the global population will live in Africa by 2100 the continent desperately needs mass employment. Maybe Trump should create jobs in Africa (lol).
     
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    The continent needs employment but sadly with bribery and corruption and greed occurring across most (if not all) of the African countries, unemployment rates are sky high. There is so much potential in Nigeria especially. Many brilliant minds and great work ethic.
     
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    Don't mention @Ockydub in the same thread as me. He treats me like a dirty ho. I only like @Nick Delmacy
     
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    When I taught in Nigeria 40 years ago the most encouraging thing was the energy and creativity and hard work of young people despite all the obstacles that Nigeria's rulers threw in their way. American business has been late to the game in Nigeria but businesses like Facebook have figured out that being on the ground and using local talent is the way to go.

    And a shout out to Sahara Reporters, which is essential for following Nigeria.
     
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    Well, look at Africa represent! lol

    It's been a relatively recent trend for everyone from struggling startups to tech giants like Facebook and Google in Silicon Valley to hop on the diversity bandwagon as they've seen how having employees from various socio-economic, cultural, racial and/or ethnic groups benefit a company. In fact, there's a company called GitHub that came by the STEM Learning Center I work at specifically looking for soon-to-be high-school graduates of certain zip codes (their politically correct way of saying black and latino) to hook them up with potential job opportunities in Silicon Valley.
     
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    Praise for brilliant Africans - YES
    Zuckerberg - HELL NO

    Just another neocolonialist. Yeah, looking at you @Ockydub I know you got some FB shares lol
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    Just kidding, bro. You know you my fist-raised brutha from anutha mutha
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    But seriously, I don't trust Zuckerberg. Fuck Facebook imperialism. Africans need to OWN AND CONTROL their shit not just be the new willing or unwilling brown town call center alternative to India for manipulative American fucks like Zuckerberg

    The co-founder of Nigerian startup Andela is leaving to start a payments company
     
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