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Facebook Announces Its New Office In Lagos, Nigeria

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As part of its continued commitment and ongoing investment in Africa, Facebook today announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria – its second office on the African continent. Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.

Facebook’s office will be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships, Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.

Commenting, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world. All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

The investment of the new Facebook office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance. Providing outsourced support to all English-speaking advertisers across Sub-Saharan Africa, the SBG office supports Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) through its Advocacy, Community & Education (ACE) program, as well as its Marketing Expert sales programs – all aimed at enabling SMBs to accelerate the growth and development of their businesses.

“Our new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces our ongoing commitment to the region”, commented Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa. “Our mission in Africa is no different to elsewhere in the world – to build community and bring the world closer together, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa.”

Since the opening of its first office in 2015, Facebook has made a number of investments across the continent, aimed at supporting and growing the tech ecosystem, expanding and providing reliable connectivity infrastructures, and helping businesses to grow locally, regionally, and globally. This includes the recent rollout of its SMB Grants program in Nigeria and South Africa, aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they rebuild from COVID. The development of 2Africa, the world’s largest subsea cable project that will deliver much-needed internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa, as well as its ongoing training programs across the continent which support various communities including students, SMBs, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-up’s and developers.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria. Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’re continuing to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms. The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Tests Positive For Coronavirus Again

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus for a second time.

The Juventus star was first diagnosed with the illness while on Portugal duty earlier in the month. But nine days after his initial positive test, the football is still infectious.

According to Portuguese newspaper Correio de Manha, Ronaldo’s latest results came back positive on Thursday, October 22.

The publication claims Ronaldo’s test gave a very low viral load despite returning positive, with Juventus still hopeful he could recover in time to feature in the Champions League game.

The club will likely ask UEFA for permission to test Ronaldo 48 hours before the game on October 28.

It will be up to the European football body to decide whether or not to allow such a request to go ahead because a player must test negative at least one week before a match to be considered for selection, according to UEFA protocol.

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All Branches Of Obinim’s Churches Closed Down

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Information that has reached us at KUBILIVE has is that all the branches of Bishop Obinim’s International Godsway Chapel have been closed down.

In a report available, the closure of Obinim’s churches is in line with his churches’ inability to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 protocols which direct churches to observe social distancing, washing of hands, use of hand sanitizers, two hours of service etc..

Since the inception of these safety protocols, some churches though not soo comfortable are obeying just to keep the place of worship running because they can’t bear the sight of losing members.

In the case of Bishop Obinim, he cannot on every meeting day follow these precautionary measures hence closing down all the branches to save him from having any issues with the government.

The rules are too much for IGWC, Obinim, and fans, we can’t adhere to them. We don’t want to have any issues with the government.

If I want to go by the protocols I will be conducting a lot of services. First, second, third, and even more than a hundred.” One of Obinim’s junior pastors reportedly said.

As we are still in the COVID-19 season, I’ll beseech all to follow strictly the preventive methods laid down in the fight against the deadly virus.

One thing should be clear here, the novel coronavirus is no respecter of person therefore it will be more prudent for all to just follow and stay safe. These rules play a major role in the risk reduction method in this fight.

In other news, Astute Media Personality Nisirine Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

The news broke out after she went on social media to reveal her status after testing for the virus.

Sharing the information to the general public via social media, the Asaase Radio presenter/actress disclosed that the COVID-19 is real hence everybody should make sure to be on the safer side by protecting themselves.

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‘I Have Spoken With President Buhari Who Is Committed To End The #EndSARS Impasse’ : Nana Akufo-Addo

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President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has also reacted to the Lekki tollgate shooting that occurred on Tuesday, October 20.

Reacting via his Twitter handle, Akufo-Addo says he has spoken with President Buhari and that the president is committed to ending the end SARS impasse.

His tweets read:

”I join all well-meaning persons in calling for calm, and the use of dialogue in resolving the #EndSARS impasse in Nigeria. I have spoken with President Buhari, who is committed to this end, and has begun the processes that will lead to reform.

Violence, be it on the part of the Police or protesters, cannot be the solution. To the families who have lost their loved ones, I express my sincere condolences, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

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