Technology giant Microsoft has announced that Kabelo Makwane has been appointed the new country manager for Nigeria. The South African-born businessman will be taking Microsoft’s global vision of devices and services offerings to a broader audience in the country.
“I am extremely excited to be appointed to lead the Nigerian subsidiary during this dynamic time on the continent. Microsoft is focused on unlocking the economic opportunities of Africa and it’s a time when the company can have real economic impact in the country,” Makwane said in a statement.
“I believe technology is an enabler at every level of society and am excited at being able to have an impact on this vibrant and unique country.”
Makwane also believes that Africa needs to find African solutions for its problems and challenges. “While most technology trends, innovations and consumer products come from the West and the East, Africans are realizing that for us to solve the continent’s technology-related challenges, we have to find African solutions.”
He explained that he is thrilled to be taking on the new role. “I’m excited to be spearheading this continued investment in Nigeria, and certainly look forward to working with government, industry, academia and the general public to enable Nigeria to realize its potential through innovation. I look forward to unearthing the economic opportunities, especially with small businesses to drive job creation, and to foster meaningful 21st century skills in our youth.”
“ICT holds transformational opportunity for Nigeria. Innovation will help the country leap from the industrial revolution into the information era. It is the land of opportunity. There is no place like it,” he concluded.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor