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Google CEO makes 1st Nigeria trip, pledges empowerment for 10m Africans



Google CEO makes 1st Nigeria trip, pledges empowerment for 10m Nigerians

The visit of the Chief Executive Officer, Google, Sundar Pitchai, has ushered in good tidings for budding tech geeks who want to broaden their horizon after he (Pitchai) said that his team would be training 10 million Africans.

Pitachai who was speaking on Thursday at the Google for Nigeria event in Lagos, however noted that his company hopes to train that many Nigerians over the next five years.

The CEO of Google who later visited computer village at Ikeja, Lagos, also expressed the need for individuals and businesses to leverage the digital space and subsequently transition into a digital economy.

Read also: Nigeria’s tech ecosystem hosts Zuckerberg

At the event, the tech company also announced that not less than 1,000 new addresses to areas in places like Ikeja and Ikoyi of Lagos State have been added on Google Map which according to Pitchai will help improve address search experience in the surrounding areas.

Speaking at the event, Pitchai said; “The second addition is to buildings. Google also added detailed outlines of more than a million commercial businesses. This building footprint will help users get a better understanding of the world around them.”

Continuing, he added that, “Google has added more than 100,000 small businesses across leading cities in Nigeria, like Abuja and Lagos, to help improve local search experience significantly.”

His visit is coming eleven months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Nigeria on his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa for a series of meetings with key players in the country’s tech ecosystem.


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  1. seyi jelili

    July 28, 2017 at 10:06 am

    See the power of technology. Instead of us to talk about improving in technology in Nigeria, we are busy discussing irrelevances like restructuring, Biafra and other nonsense. Shame on our federal government, even N-power could not give feasible job to 500,000 thousands, police did recruitments of 10,000 all sum together is not up to a million and someone is creating 10m jobs.


    July 28, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Sundar Pitchai, please don’t waste money on Nigerians, come invest heavily in Biafra. Don’t forget we are prime in technology as well

    • Balarabe musa

      July 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Well, no need to drag matters with you, Biafra is recognized anywhere in the world so he knows where to invest without being told

      • John Adovon

        August 2, 2017 at 10:25 am

        i can see we have fools here creating Biafra solve nothing peter you need sense the same leaders that destroy nigeria polities are even in Biafra you think creating that will bring peace ot will make things go forward go school go learn you need to borrow sense

  3. Abeni Adebisi

    July 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Sundar Pitchai “chai” please come and contestbfor the president of Nigeria so there can be surplus job for everyone to earn a better living. Pitchai visited Nigeria for the first time and he’s ready to do what all political parties that has been in Nigeria all their lives have not achieved. PDP, APC, Apga and others shame on all of you!

  4. Animashaun Ayodeji

    July 28, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Another reason google is the biggest tech company in the world. I hope our government won’t poison this guy’s heart by introducing useless policy that will make his 10 million employment pledge difficult to achieve. Our government is that useless!

  5. Anita Kingsley

    July 28, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Pitchai wants to waste reaources when Biafrans are more promising than Nigerians. How many biafran addresses have you included in your google map? We biafrans are not happy with you!

    • John Adovon

      August 2, 2017 at 10:21 am

      people like you want to destroy nigeria you have no point of view okay you are just a normal person who has a black mind you better wake up he is creating something that will benefit all you are there saying nonsense anita you need to have brain one

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