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18 Brilliant Nigerians Working With Mark Zuckerberg At Facebook

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.

 
Chukwuemeka Afigbo

 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

 

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

 

 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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? Do let us know in the comment section below and we will be sure to update.

 

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