Microsoft launches US$100M Development centre in Lagos Nigeria

NIGERIA – American Multinational technology corporation Microsoft, has opened its first US$100 million African Development Center in Lagos, Nigeria.

The center, which is located at 24 Glover Road, Ikoyi Lagos will serve as a premier center of engineering for Microsoft, where world-class African talent can create solutions for local and global impact.

The launch come nearly three decades after the tech giant first made a mark in Africa with its first office, it is set to make another mark in Nigeria’s digital space.

The hub has not only been launched in Nigeria but also in Nairobi Kenya and it shows a great sign of the continent’s growing importance as a global hub for talent.

The center, which is Microsoft’s 7th globally, is expected to recruit world-class African engineering talent to develop innovative solutions that span the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

According to Microsoft corporate Vice President Mr. Michael Fortin, the main purpose of establishing the firm is to recruit exceptional engineering talent as well as provide them the opportunity to work on the latest technologies suitable for the country and the rest of the world.

He further disclosed that doing so will enable engineers to enjoy meaningful work from their home countries, while plugged into a global engineering and development organization.

The move by Microsoft follows an earlier partnership agreement between the Nigerian government and Bill Gates to provide over 27,000 jobs for Nigeria tech gurus.

Through job creation, the center will reduce the number of unemployed youths in the country shunning violence and other vices in the society.

Despite the ugly way Africa has been depicted, the region remains a gateway to investments for top organizations.

With the booming tech ecosystem in Nigeria, this landmark project will accelerate the digital transformation not just in Nigeria but in Africa, as well as aid in the delivery of cutting-edge digital solutions.

The launch of the center has shown that the multinational technology corporation has keenly observed the country to be a leading tech giant on the African continent and deemed the country a worthy partner.

Increased Microsoft presence in Africa will empower partners and customers as they use Microsoft solutions in fields important to the continent like FinTech, AgriTech, and OffGrid energy.

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