Google CEO Visits Nigeria, Announces $3 Million Investment Plan


A fresh plan to invest $million free equity seed funding for technology startups in Africa before the end of this quarter was announced by the Chief Executive Officer of Google, Mr. Sundar Pichai, who visited Nigeria for the first time yesterday.

According to him, one million people have been trained in Africa on digital skills, with a projected plan to train 10 million Africans in the next five years on digital skills.

Pichai who spoke at the Google Nigeria Digital Citizenship summit held in Lagos thursday, said Nigeria would benefit immensely from the $3 million seed funding.

“Nigeria needs digital skills training for its youths and Google is focusing on digital skills training in the whole of Africa, to empower Africans to write software codes for their local economies.” – Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Adesuwa Onyenokwe on stage at Google For Nigeria

“We have commenced the Google Launchpad Accelerator Space training in other regions of the world where we train technology startups on digital skills and we are starting the Google Launchpad Accelerator Space training in Lagos,” Pichai said.

Other announcements made by the Google boss for Nigeria, included increasing content in Google Map for Nigeria; introducing Google Local Guide that will share local knowledge among Nigerians; and Introduction of Google Street View that will allow Nigerians see at a glance, the view of certain locations of interest within Nigeria.


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