Ex Google, Andela joins Facebook as Startup Programs Manager for Africa

Chimdindu Aneke - an ex-Google, and Andela - has announced that he recently joined Facebook. This happened over a week ago and he is working as a Developer and Startup Programs Manager for Africa.

“I am highly adrenalized to have joined Facebook in London as the Developer and Startup Programs Manager,” Aneke wrote on his medium.

“This is my second week, having started officially last week Monday. I am thrilled to see how diverse, smart, and super talented the people here are, and together, work hard daily, to make meaningful impact for billions of people on this continent.”

Though based in London, Aneke is “responsible for the growth and success of startups and developers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).”

Before joining Facebook, he worked with Google as a Developer Relations Project Manager. That was from July 2015 to November 2016 according to his LinkedIn.

Also read: Hive Colab’s TMS Ruge appointed to Andela’s Global Advisory Council

He then proceeded to Andela where he was in charge of Andela’s Learning Community as a program manager for a year. Before taking over talent partnerships as the manager at the same company for 5 months. It is from Andela that he has joined Facebook.

Ever since Zuckerberg visited Africa Facebook has doubled down its efforts in Africa.

They have an almost similar role in Nigeria called Startup & Developer Programs Manager. They partnered with TechCrunch to bring Startup Battlefield to Africa last year. For the first time.

The company also launched a hub in Nigeria this year. And its Facebook Developer Circles community has also been growing steadily.

Additionally, Facebook has a couple of Nigerian’s on its team that Techpoint curated. As you look through them, you’ll notice that most - not all - have Google as their ex-employer.

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