American ecommerce giant and tech company Amazon has launched it’s first physical office in Nigeria in the heart of Lagos. Amazon’s cloud service (AWS) is the number one cloud storage and computing platform in the world and expanding in Africa is one of it’s first step to expand it’s ability to fufill it’s customer’s needs. South Africa was were Amazon first launched it’s thriving business in 2017 and Nigeria has been added to it’s list.
The ecommerce company is set to provide cloud services to various industries,companies and government agencies who wish to take advantage of it’s technology.
Amrote Abdella, regional manager of Sub-Saharan Africa, AWS, said with its local presence, the company will support new and existing clients looking to use its products and services to innovate, lower their information technology (IT) costs, and grow their organisations in the cloud.
“We are excited to open our first AWS office in Nigeria. Lagos offers a highly skilled and creative talent pool, and the area is home to many fast-growing startups and notable Nigerian enterprises leading the way in digital innovation,” Abdella said.
“We look forward to fostering the country’s pioneering spirit and helping our customers accelerate their digital transformation as they deliver innovative new products and services to the Nigerian community.”
Regarding plans for businesses, Amazon said it would actively support Nigerian startups and the community with educational programmes.
“AWS activate provides startups with the resources they need to get started on AWS, including up to $100,000 in AWS credits, training, support, and contact with incubators, accelerators, and venture capital firms. AWS academy helps university students and educators develop knowledge and skills about AWS cloud computing, to accelerate cloud-related learning,” it added.
“…member institutions in Nigeria include the University of Benin, University of Jos, and Igbinedion University. AWS re/Start is a 12-week, in-person, skills-based training program that covers fundamental AWS cloud skills and practical career skills, such as interviewing and resume writing, to help prepare individuals for entry-level cloud positions.
“AWS also has a vibrant user group in Lagos, with hundreds of members that organise local meetups for developers to network and share best practices and knowledge. To join the AWS Nigeria user group, visit the AWS User Group page.”