Mark Zuckerberg commends Nigeria’s Jobberman
13 May 2016
In his announcement of the launch of Free Basics in Nigeria (his page), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised West Africa’s largest jobs site Jobberman.com as one of the innovations coming out of Africa.
Free Basics is a Facebook-led initiative with the goal of making affordable internet access available to two thirds of the world who are yet unconnected. Free Basics also helps telecom operators provide access to a set of basic online services including health, education, finance, jobs, communication, and local information, for free.
In the online announcement, Mark Zuckerberg mentioned Jobberman Nigeria as one of the pioneering local sites on its zero-rated platform and spoke ‘excitedly’ about the prospects coming from the country.
“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,” Mark wrote.
“Free Basics offers Nigerians, including 90 million people who are currently offline, the opportunity to access news, health information and services , such as Jobberman, that were built by Nigerians and other developers across West Africa — all without having to pay for data,” he said.
Jobberman.com received a $1-million U.S. series-A funding from Tiger Global in 2010, founded a Ghanaian subsidiary in 2012 and was fully acquired, in a share swap deal, by One Africa Media last year. The jobs site is now in the portfolio of Ringer One Africa Media (ROAM), following the recent Ringier Africa and One Africa Media merger.