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About 170 million Africans access Facebook each month – Official

Over 170 million people in Africa are accessing social network Facebook each month, 94 percent of which are on mobile, APA learns here on Wednesday.The newly-establish Facebook office based in Johannesburg, South Africa released this information to the media on Wednesday after the launch of the new premises, saying Facebook across Africa has grown to 42 percent to over 170 million monthly active users.

Nunu Ntshingila who is the Facebook regional director for Africa said his company enjoyed working closely with entrepreneurs, partners, developers and small businesses “as they have used Facebook as a platform for growth.”

“It’s inspiring for us to learn from the continent and to play a role in helping people and organisations connect with the world,” Ntshingila said.

The launch was attended by Facebook executives such as Carolyn Everson who is vice president for global marketing solutions.

Ntshingila said the new offices were part of ongoing commitment to invest in the African market and work with innovators across their key target countries.

Everson said Facebook was deeply committed to Africa, a mobile-first continent where seven in 10 of all connected people use the platform.

She added since most people in Africa are coming online for the first time, this unleashed new possibilities for people and businesses alike.

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