18 brilliant Nigerians working with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook

by | Aug 31, 2016

It’s no longer news that the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is in Lagos, Nigeria.

His first stop was the Co-Creation Hub, in Yaba where he watched children learning to code and interacted with at least 50 local startup founders and developers. More impressively, he trekked over 2km through the streets of Yaba to get to Andela, the talent accelerator he recently invested $24 million in.

Mark Zuckerberg walks the streets of Yaba

Mark Zuckerberg walks the streets of Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria

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Today Wednesday, he hosted a live Q&A session with selected developers and entrepreneurs, but not before he was “spotted” jogging on the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge.

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Perhaps the most exciting thing about Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise visit, is that he chose Nigeria as his first destination in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is more than enough validation for the Nigerian technology ecosystem

Without a doubt, Mark Zuckerberg is beginning to take Nigeria seriously. But that didn’t happen suddenly. You’ll find proof  in the increasing number of Nigerians on his payroll.

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Chukwuemeka Afigbo

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Chukwuemeka Afigbo joined Facebook from Google, where he served until 2015 before being replaced by Aniedi Udo-Obong.

Afigbo currently manages Strategic Product Partnerships for Facebook in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been instrumental in Mark Zuckerberg’s Nigeria tour.

Ime Archibong

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Ime Archibong is the Director, Strategic Partnerships at Facebook, where he leads a team working to connect Facebook’s products and strategies with various business partners.

Archibong and his team have worked on everything related to Facebook including the Messenger app. Prior to joining Facebook, Archibong was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM.

Archibong has also been instrumental in Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria.

Ebele Okobi

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Ebele Okobi has headed Public Policy for Facebook in Africa for the past 2 years. She was the former Global Head & Senior Legal Director, Human Rights for Yahoo!

Okobi played a key role in Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria.

Nmachi Jidenma

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Nmachi Jidenma manages Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global, right from the heart of San Francisco Bay Area.

With previous experiences working at PayPal, Google and JP Morgan, she also happens to be the founder of CPAfrica.

Laurence Aderemi

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Laurence Aderemi built Moni, a person-to-person money transfer app, which won the 2013 edition of Start with e-novation.

Apparently, his competence got the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, who hired him to head Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global.

Morin Oluwole

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Having been raised in Nigeria but lived in 3 continents, Morin Oluwole is a polyglot — she speaks about 5 languages. This is probably why she sealed a role as the Chief of Staff, VP Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook.

UPDATE 1: Morin Oluwole has since taken up a new position as the Luxury Vertical Lead for Facebook/Instagram.

Lauryn (Hale) Ogbechie

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Lauryn Ogbechie (L)

Lauryn Ogbechie leads a Strategic Partnership team within Facebook’s Global Platform Partnerships organisation in Menlo Park, CA. In this role she partners with mobile developers to help them build, grow and monetise their apps through the integration of Facebook platform products.

Prior to Facebook, Ogbechie worked as a digital organiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Francis Ebong

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Francis Ebong joined Facebook in November 2015 where he has since acted in the capacity of Director, Online Operations. Francis is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Teniola Adedipe

Teniola Adedipe (L). Source: Bella Naija

Teniola Adedipe (L). Source: Bella Naija

Prior to joining Facebook, Teniola Adedipe served in two capacities within Konga (Nigerian eCommerce giant), in the space of 14 months. She started out as the Head, Merchandise Planning in January 2014, she then went on to become Associate Director, Retail Operations.

Teniola Adedipe is now the Program Manager, Deal Desk & Global Agency at Facebook, New York City area. 

Monica Ugwi

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Still relatively new at the company, Monica Ugwi works with the Product Operations division of Facebook. Prior to that, she was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company and an Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

A graduate of Computer Science, Ugwi also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Ibrahim Shekoni

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Ibrahim Sekoni is Facebook’s Product Specialist at San Francisco Bay Area. His previous experience no doubt played a huge role in blending him into Facebook.

Prior to joining Facebook, he was the Mobile Product Manager at optionXpress where he managed the top-rated mobile trading App across multiple Mobile platforms. He also worked as a Business Analyst at Phoenix bits LTD overseeing various operations. He joined Facebook in April 2015.

Olaoluwa Okelola

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Olaoluwa Okelola is one of the few Nigerian-born software engineers at Facebook.

Having completed his secondary education at the International School Ibadan, Okelola proceeded to Avi-Cenna International School and Howard University, Washington DC, to complete his secondary and university education respectively. He then joined Microsoft as Explorer Intern in January 2005 and left in August the same year for Google where he worked as an Engineering intern from May 2006 until August 2006.

Okelola joined Facebook in 2007 and has been there ever since.

UPDATE 2: All post-publication updates are below. The total number of Nigerians on the list is now 18

Barbara Mbanefo

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Barbara Mbanefo is another Nigerian-born software Engineer at Facebook, where she develops iOS applications that help businesses connect with their customers.

Mbanefo completed her primary and secondary education in Nigeria before proceeding to France to obtain her Masters degree in Software Engineering. She speaks French fluently. Prior to joining Facebook in May 2016, Mbanefo worked as a Software Engineer and a Mobile App User Experience Designer in France, Canada and Hollywood, California

Kunbi Adeyemo

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Kunbi Adeyemo has served in two capacities at Facebook. Between 2013 and 2014, she was on the Facebook North America Small and Medium Business Team as a Customer Insights Analyst.

In December 2014, Adeyemo moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has since served as Facebook’s Diversity Programs Manager – Women in Computer Science.

Isaac Nwokocha

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After obtaining a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2010, Isaac Nwokocha tried his hands out on entrepreneurship; he co-founded two startups, including real-time road traffic web app, TrafficDey.

Probably deciding he had had enough of entrepreneurship, Nwokocha proceeded to Stanford for a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering. No sooner had he completed his Masters Degree than he secured a role as a Product Data Integrity, Community Operations/Project Manager at Facebook.

Michael Awotedu

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Armed with an MBA in Finance (summa cum laude) from the University of Tampa John H. Sykes College of Business, Michael Awotedu works in Risk Program Management at Facebook where he helps to facilitate strategy, and execution for Risk Management on products like FB games, Oculus VR and Ads.

Prior to Facebook, Awotedu oversaw Risk Management for Walmart’s $30 billion check cashing portfolio.

PS: I happen to know Michael Awotedu personally, as he hails from my alma mater — Federal Government College, Odogbolu (I couldn’t resist the temptation to let you in on that).

Jane Okpala

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With almost 10 years of strategic, analytical, negotiating, presentation, and management expertise, Jane Okpala is the Product Specialist (Social Good and Goodwill), Community Operations, at Facebook.

A polyglot in her own right — she speaks at least 4 languages — Okpala worked previously as an Associate at McKinsey & Company where she served mainly technology and financial institution clients on a wide variety of analytical and strategic engagements

Dayo Olopade

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Dayo Olopade started her career as a journalist in Washington, covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama era for publications including The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Washington Post.

Nowadays, Olopade applies her wealth of journalistic experience on the Facebook Media Partnerships Team, where she helps publishers take advantage of Facebook, from a business and product perspective. She maintains a painstakingly detailed personal website.

Do you know any other brilliant Nigerians working with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to update accordingly.

Featured Image: Chukwuemeka Afigbo and Ime Archibong flank Mark Zuckerberg to the left and right respectively. Credit: Co-Creation Hub.

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Tintanze Tintanze
Tintanze Tintanze
5 years ago

Morin Oluwole is presently Luxury Vertical Lead for facebook/instagram and formely was the Business Lead to the VP of Global Marketing Solutions

Muyiwa Matuluko
Muyiwa Matuluko(@muyosan)
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Reply to  Tintanze Tintanze
5 years ago

Thanks @Tintanze. We will update accordingly

abdul
abdul
5 years ago

Kunbi Adeyemo is an engineering recruiter – https://www.facebook.com/kunbi?fref=ts

Muyiwa Matuluko
Muyiwa Matuluko(@muyosan)
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Reply to  abdul
5 years ago

Thanks for the heads up Abdul. Kunbi Adeyemo has been added to the list

Damilola Akinwumi
Damilola Akinwumi
5 years ago

Thank you Muyiwa,

Insightful post… I want to be like them.

Muyiwa Matuluko
Muyiwa Matuluko(@muyosan)
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Reply to  Damilola Akinwumi
5 years ago

You’re welcome

Peter Edache
Peter Edache
5 years ago

Nice insight, good to know we that we are still keeping up.

Broadway2
Broadway2
5 years ago

What a read! Kudos Nigerians!

Muyiwa Matuluko
Muyiwa Matuluko(@muyosan)
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Reply to  Broadway2
5 years ago

Nigerians stay winning

disqus_in_tech
disqus_in_tech
5 years ago

Barbara Mbanefo is a Nigerian-born software engineer at Facebook, and Jane Okpala is a Product Specialist.

Jude Akhabue
Jude Akhabue
5 years ago

Very interesting, Nigerian’s are doing very great. Watch out for me.

Obi
Obi
5 years ago

Nice work. Our people continue to shine worldwide.
Keep it up!

yannis
yannis
5 years ago

It shows there is still hope for our youths

APC is Doomed
APC is Doomed
5 years ago

And yet we have cow as the president of Nigeria. Tell me how we can succeed as a nation.

AbdulHafeez Muh'd Yaoco
AbdulHafeez Muh'd Yaoco
5 years ago

BRAVO @Muyiwa for this info, this shows irrespective of our differences and political problems, the future of Nigeria youths are very bright.

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