Without a doubt, Mark Zuckerberg is beginning to take Nigeria seriously. But that didnâ€™t happen suddenly. Youâ€™ll find proof Â in the increasing number of Nigerians on his payroll.
Chukwuemeka Afigbo joined Facebook from Google, where he served until 2015 before being replaced by Aniedi Udo-Obong.
Afigbo currentlyÂ manages Strategic Product Partnerships for Facebook in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been instrumental in Mark Zuckerbergâ€™s Nigeria tour.
Ime Archibong is theÂ Director, Strategic Partnerships at Facebook, where he leads a team working to connect Facebookâ€™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, ArchibongÂ was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM.
Archibong has also been instrumental in Mark Zuckerbergâ€™s visit to Nigeria.
Ebele Okobi has headedÂ Public Policy for Facebook in Africa for the past 2 years. She was the formerÂ Global Head & Senior Legal Director, Human Rights for Yahoo!
Okobi played a key role in Mark Zuckerbergâ€™s visit to Nigeria.
Nmachi Jidenma manages Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global, right fromÂ the heart of San Francisco Bay Area.
With previous experiences working atÂ PayPal, Google and JP Morgan, she also happens to be the founder of CPAfrica.
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 headÂ Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global.
Having been raisedÂ inÂ Nigeria but lived in 3 continents, Morin Oluwole is a polyglot â€” she speaks about 5Â languages. ThisÂ 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 aÂ new position asÂ theÂ Luxury Vertical Lead for Facebook/Instagram.
Lauryn (Hale)Â Ogbechie
Lauryn Ogbechie leads a Strategic Partnership team within Facebookâ€™s Global Platform Partnerships organisation in Menlo Park, CA.Â 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, OgbechieÂ worked as a digital organizer for President Obamaâ€™s re-election campaign.
Francis Ebong joined Facebook in November 2015 where he has since acted in the capacity of Director,Â Online Operations. Francis is a graduate of The George Washington University.
Prior to joining Facebook, Teniola AdedipeÂ served in two capacities within Konga (Nigerian eCommerce giant), in the space of 14 months. She startedÂ out as the Head, Merchandise Planning in January 2014, she then went on to become Associate Director, Retail Operations.
Teniola AdedipeÂ is now the Program Manager, Deal Desk & Global Agency atÂ Facebook, New York City area.
Still relatively new at the company, Monica Ugwi works withÂ 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 theÂ Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Ibrahim Sekoni is Facebookâ€™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 is one of the few Nigerian-bornÂ software engineers atÂ Facebook.
Having completedÂ his secondaryÂ education at the International SchoolÂ Ibadan, Okelola proceeded to Avi-Cenna International School and Howard University, Washington DC, to complete his secondary and university education respectively. He then joinedÂ 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.
OkelolaÂ joined Facebook in 2007 and has been there ever since.
Barbara Mbanefo is another Nigerian-born software Engineer at Facebook,Â where she develops iOS applications that help businesses connect with their customers.
Mbanefo completed her primary and secondary education in NigeriaÂ before proceeding to France to obtain her Masters degree in Software Engineering. She speaks French fluently.Â 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 has served in two capacities at Facebook. Between 2013 and 2014, she wasÂ on the FacebookÂ North America Small and Medium Business Team as aÂ Customer Insights Analyst.
In December 2014, AdeyemoÂ moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has since served as Facebookâ€™sÂ Diversity Programs Manager â€“ Women in Computer Science.
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 Masterâ€™s Degree in Management Science and Engineering. No sooner had he completed his Masters Degree than he secured a role as aÂ Product Data Integrity, Community Operations/Project Manager at Facebook.
Armed with anÂ 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 oversawÂ Risk Management for Walmartâ€™s $30 billion check cashing portfolio.
PS:Â Michael AwoteduÂ personally, hails from Federal Government College, OdogboluÂ
WithÂ almost 10 years of strategic, analytical, negotiating, presentation, and management expertise, Jane Okpala is theÂ Product Specialist (Social Good and Goodwill), Community Operations, at Facebook.
A polyglot in her own right â€” she speaks at least 4 languages â€” 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 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 sheÂ helps publishers take advantage of Facebook, from a business and product perspective. She maintains a painstakingly detailedÂ personal website.