Checks have shown that the recent visit of facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, may not have been a chance visit, as he has had relationship with a number of Nigerians who may have influenced him to invest, and ultimately visit the country.
See below a number of ‘proudly’ Nigerians who embedded in various departments, and in different capacities at the global networking socialk media platform:
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 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, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM.
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.
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!
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.
Having been raised in Nigeria but lived in three continents, Morin Oluwole is a polyglot — she speaks about five languages. This is probably why she sealed a role as the Chief of Staff, VP Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook.
Morin Oluwole has since taken up a new position as the Luxury Vertical Lead for facebook/Instagram.
Lauryn (Hale) Ogbechie (left)
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 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 (Left).
Prior to joining Facebook, Teniola Adedipe served in two capacities within Konga, 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.
Still relatively new at Facebook, Monica Ugwi works at the Product Operations division of Facebook. She is a graduate of computer science at Grinnell College, and holds a Master of business administration at Stanford University Graduate School of business.
Olaoluwa Okelola is the only Nigerian-born software engineer left at Facebook, following Makinde Adeagbo‘s exit in 2011.
Having completed his primary 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.
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.
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