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Microsoft to Close Africa Development Centre in Nigeria

Microsoft is closing its Africa Development Centre in Nigeria, leading to job losses. The centre, located in Lagos, was established in 2022 to provide engineering and innovation solutions. Microsoft will continue to operate in Nigeria and prioritise investment in strategic growth areas.

The centre, located in Lagos, was established in 2022 as part of Microsoft's efforts to provide advanced engineering and innovation solutions.


While the closure of the development centre will have an impact on employees based in Nigeria, Microsoft has assured that it will continue to operate in the country and prioritise investment in strategic growth areas. The decision to close the centre is attributed to organisational and workforce adjustments that are necessary for managing the company's business.


The exact number of employees affected by the closure has not been disclosed at this time. However, it is worth noting that Microsoft President Brad Smith previously highlighted Africa as a region with a growing talent pool, in contrast to declining population growth in other parts of the world. As of December 2022, Microsoft had over 200 engineers in Lagos and more than 500 in Nairobi, Kenya.

 
  • Microsoft is closing its Africa Development Centre in Nigeria, leading to job losses.

  • The centre, located in Lagos, was established in 2022 to provide engineering and innovation solutions.

  • Microsoft will continue to operate in Nigeria and prioritise investment in strategic growth areas.


Source: REUTERS

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