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Mark Zuckerberg commends Jobberman founders as Free Basics launches in Nigeria



Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg commended Jobberman founders Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi in his statement ushering the launch of in Nigeria.
Mark Zuckerberg Jobberman is a partnership between social networking services company Facebook and six companies (Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm) that plans to bring affordable access to selected Internet services to less developed countries by increasing efficiency, and facilitating the development of new business models around the provision of Internet access.

The app delivering these services is named Free Basics.

Free Basics and has been controversial in several countries such as India, however, many still argue that the benefits outweigh the net neutrality issues.

Read Mark’s full statement below;

Today we’re partnering with Airtel Africa to launch Free Basics in Nigeria.
There’s a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria in particular is home to a lot of talented developers.
In 2009, Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi started a site called Jobberman in their dorm to help connect people looking for work with companies looking to hire. Now Jobberman is one of the top 100 websites in Nigeria, and it gets 5,000 applications every day.
Free Basics offers Nigerians, including 90 million people who are currently offline, the opportunity to access news, health information and services like Jobberman that were built by Nigerians and other developers across West Africa — all without having to pay for data.
Free Basics is now live in more than 40 countries, and half of those are in Africa. Over the next few months, we’ll be doing even more to connect developers with people who can use their apps — and partner with local companies to bring internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks.
In the meantime, I’m excited to see what Nigerians build next! ??


  1. Olusegun

    May 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Positive news,only on BN,Nigerians are creative and hardworking people,just our corrupt system of government is slowing the potentials,,we should not only be known as fantastically corrupt people.

  2. Poohritback

    May 10, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Yes ke, proudly Naija!!!! We be gettin’ that paiperrrr. We no come America come look bridge. Lol

  3. Rer

    May 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm



    May 10, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Positive news , only on BN , Nigerians are
    creative and hardworking people , just our
    corrupt system of government is
    slowing the potentials , , we should not
    only be known as fantastically corrupt
    people .


    May 10, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    This is so nice

  6. semesee

    May 10, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Well done guys! Nigerians are amazing people. On the 7th May, 2016 at Howard University in Washington D.C history was made. Out of 96 graduating Doctor of Pharmacy candidates, 43 of them were Nigerians and out of 27 awards given, 16 went to Nigerians!

    • Ewa

      May 11, 2016 at 2:19 am

      Impressive. BN can you bring us more on this?

    • Tosin

      May 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      I watched the Obama speech video and spotted the delightful Prof. Adeboye (math) in the faculty section. Back in the day two of the five department chairpersons in engineering were Naija.
      I think even back then Nigerians dominated Pharmacy mennn but not to this extent. I guess I’m trying to say: go to Howard. It’s called the Mecca for a reason.

      eez so heemoshional 🙂

    • Osa

      May 11, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Try and speak English when making comments on this blog. I don’t know what you are trying to feel like, but guess what? It aint working

  7. TechInNaija

    May 10, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    As a computer science student, I aspire to change the tech industry in Nigeria! I love seeing people like Mark making efforts to connect with other countries, especially Nigeria! Looking forward to more collaborations and innovations. We are creative even with limited resources #UpNaija

    • Tosin

      May 11, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      May your dreams come true, dear TIN. We need you.

  8. swagg1

    May 10, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    BN , its nice of you guys to showcase a story like this, rather than looters flaunting their ill gotton wealth. Keep up this good work in order to stay relevant as a credible source.

  9. Olu

    May 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    The ever indomitable NIgeria spirit,ever creative with good leadership that energy can be channeled to more positive ventures,if only clean hard work continue to pay.

  10. Odion

    May 11, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Hardwork pays,Nja’s always representing.


    May 11, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Fantastic…working on several projects myself, i pray some day my apps will be a success story as well. #Naijagoodvibes

  12. Tosin

    May 11, 2016 at 8:01 am


  13. e mi ni

    May 13, 2016 at 2:00 am

    free basics was banned in india for a good reason…. we should also lobby for it to be banned…. do not give mark zuckerberg and other large corporations a monopoly on the internet and what they can access

    • Sylvia Christopher

      June 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Yes they are all grifters including Mark Zuckerberg

  14. Victor Jibrin

    August 17, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Well done to Mark Zuckerberg. If you love you will definitely love

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