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 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.

Jobberman Founders (L-R): Olalekan Elude, Opeyemi Awoyemi and Ayodeji Adewunmi

Jobberman founders (L-R): Olalekan Elude, Opeyemi Awoyemi and Ayodeji Adewunmi

“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. 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.


Adegoke Seun

Adegoke Seun has packed nine years experience in online journalism covering Business for EXCEED OMNI Media, AgroNigeria and Ventures Africa. He is a journalist, media entrepreneur and founder of, a leading entrepreneurship news and magazine site focused on Africa. He is committed to reporting startup trends, funding, business development and lifestyle. Reputed as a small and medium enterprise industry enabler, he advocates entrepreneurship development on the continent and conducts industry research to bridge knowledge gap. He is our West Africa analyst covering major markets like Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana.