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Google’s first product development centre in Africa is hiring

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Google on Tuesday announced its first product development centre in Africa, to be located in Nairobi. The new product development centre will help to create transformative products and services for people in Africa and around the world and will be hiring visionary engineers, product managers, UX designers and researchers to lay the foundation for significant growth in the coming years.

The centre is looking for talented, creative people who can help solve difficult and important technical challenges, such as improving the smartphone experience for people in Africa, or building a more reliable internet infrastructure.

Last October at a Google for Africa event, the CEO, Sundar Pichai, announced a plan to invest $1billion over the next five years to support Africa’s digital transformation. This investment focuses on enabling fast, affordable internet access for more Africans, building helpful products, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses and helping nonprofits to improve lives across Africa. In 2018 Google also opened an AI research centre in Accra, Ghana to help drive useful innovations.

The new product development centre is a continuation of that commitment and will be working on building for Africa and the world.

VP for Products, Suzanne Frey said:

“Google’s mission in Africa is to make the Internet helpful to Africans and partner with African governments, policymakers, educators, entrepreneurs and businesses to shape the next wave of innovation in Africa. Today I am excited to welcome all Africans passionate about improving the digital experience of African users by building better products to apply for the open roles at our first product development centre in Africa.”

Nitin Gajria, Managing Director for Google in Africa added:

“There are 300 million internet users in Africa who are young, mobile-first and have similar patterns to mobile youth globally. By 2030, Africa will have 800 million internet users and a third of the world’s under-35 population. The potential for Africa to become a leading digital economy is right on the horizon and Google is committed to accelerating Africa’s digital transformation through human capital and enabling “African-led solutions to African and global problems” through better products.”

All the roles announced about building for Africa and the world can be viewed at  careers.google.com site.

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Scores of farmers killed as terrorists invade Borno community

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Many farmers have been killed in Rann, Kala-Balge LGA of Borno State by terrorists who invaded their farms.

The terrorists were said to have arrived the community on motorcycles and attacked the residents with guns and machetes.

According to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, insurgents loyal to a Boko Haram faction were responsible for the attack.

A source in the community was reported to have said some of the farmers were tied up before they were killed.

The victims are also said to have been buried on Monday, while several persons are reported to still be missing, TheCable reported.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach Sani Mohammed, Borno police spokesman, were not successful as he didn’t respond to calls or messages when contacted by the medium.

The attack comes days after insurgents invaded the Chibok community in Borno state.

On May 3, Kautukari, a community in Chibok LGA of Borno state, was attacked by suspected fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).

 

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2023: Victor Adoji wins PDP senate ticket for Kogi East

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Dr Victor Alewo Adoji (DVAA), the erudite banker-turned politician, on Monday emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Kogi East Senatorial District for the 2023 general election.

Adoji polled 117 to defeat Engr. Aminu Suleiman, Elder Ubolo Okpanachi and Isaac Alfa, a former Chief of Air Staff and senator, and who scored 54, 43 and 20 respectively.

The PDP chieftain who contested the senatorial election during the last 2019 general elections is a grassroot politician who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Igala Kingdom (Kogi State) in several areas, especially around education, empowerment, health care delivery and physical development.

Mr Adoji, in an interview with journalists, thanked the party’s delegates for their overwhelming support and confidence they had in him.

He said the victory was the beginning of a new dawn in Kogi, particularly the Kogi East while expressing confidence for victory in the general election.

The silent philanthropist extraordinaire assured Kogi East people that his presence in the National Assembly would impact the generality of the state in areas of economy, security and infrastructural development.

The election was peaceful and monitored by a team of joint security agents, the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the media.

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