Microsoft takes aim at Africa’s biggest economy- Nigeria

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Kabelo Makwane, Managing Director of the Accenture Cloud First business in South Africa (image: Microsoft)

Technology giant Microsoft has re-emphasised its commitment to the African continent, and Nigeria specifically.

Newly-appointed General Manager for Microsoft Nigeria, Kabelo Makwane (image: Microsoft)
Newly-appointed General Manager for Microsoft Nigeria, Kabelo Makwane (image: Microsoft)

According to newly-appointed General Manager for Microsoft Nigeria, Kabelo Makwane, Microsoft is committed to entrenching itself in Nigeria, particularly now that the country has been revealed as Africa’s biggest economy.

“We have invested heavily in ensuring that we have a good impact on the local economy. This includes job creation, support for the youth in Nigeria, software donations to NGOs and the development of local innovation,” said Makwane.

Commenting on Microsofts strategy for Africa, he said, “As part of our new business strategy, we are looking to shape our next 20 years on the continent through the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, which we launched 1 year ago, signalling an increased focus on improving African competitiveness and accelerating economic growth and development on the Continent – an Initiative that has three pillars: 21st century world-class skills, providing affordable access and fostering local innovation.”

Makwane added that Microsoft’s initiative in Nigeria has produced a number of laudable results.

“We’ve contributed to 45 000 jobs created within the Microsoft ecosystem of partners. $2.4 million donated in cash and software to local non-profit organisations, 5 000 of our Nigerian students are changing the world through Imagine Cup, 70 000 teachers trained through Microsoft Partners in Learning, 15 Badiliko Digital Hubs created in collaboration with the British Council, Digital access for 100 000 young people through our Shape the Future, $1 million data analytics and decision tool to support the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)’s, $500 million invested to curb HIV/Aids in Nigeria through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 75 000 students using our Office 365 software in Education for free, among others.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor