Microsoft launches first $100 million African Development Center in Lagos

…another sign of the continent’s increasing importance as a global hub for talent.

Microsoft launches first $100 million African Development Centre in Lagos
The American multinational technology, Microsoft Corporation, which manufactures computer software, personal computers and related services, will today, open its first African Development Centre (ADC) in Lagos.


The centre which is a $100 million investment by the multi-billion dollar firm is where software engineering solutions is anticipated to be provided to Africa.

This disclosure is written in a tweet post by the Personal Assistant to the President on Digital and New Media, Bashir Ahmed, on his official Twitter account on March 21, 2022.

The hub, which was built alongside the one in Nairobi, Kenya, will be the first to be opened in Africa and is another sign of the continent’s growing importance as a global hub for talent.

What the President’s aide on Digital and New Media is saying
The tweet post from Bashir Ahmed reads, ‘’The Microsoft, an American multinational technology corporation which produces computer software, personal computers, and related services, opens its first African Development Centre (ADC) in Lagos, Nigeria.’’

The Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Michael Fortin, during the start of this centre in May 2019, said that the desire of the technology firm is to employ great engineering talent and provide the opportunity to work on the latest technologies perfect for Kenya, Nigeria and the rest of the world.

He stated that in doing so, engineers are able to enjoy meaningful work from their home countries, while plugged into a global engineering and development organisation.

What you should know
Remember that in May 2019, Microsoft declared the starting of the Nigeria site of its first Africa Development Centre. The centre, which is Microsoft’s 7th worldwide, was expected to initiate world-class African engineering talent to grow inventive solutions that span the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.
Increased Microsoft presence in Africa will empower partners and customers as they use Microsoft solutions in fields vital to the continent like FinTech, AgriTech and OffGrid energy.
For the ADC, Microsoft is looking out for engineering talent in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and mixed reality.

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