Following the launch of Free Basics in Nigeria yesterday,Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg to his Facebook page to make the announcement.
In the post, he outlined the partnership with Airtel Africa to launch the Internet.org platform in Nigeria, adding that there is a lot of innovation across Africa right now.
The Facebook founder also touted Nigeria as being home to a lot of talented developers before going on to praise Olalekan Elude,Ayodeji Adewunmi, and Opeyemi Awoyemi – the three guys who founded jobs site, Jobberman in 2009 – for being innovation leaders in the Nigerian tech space.
Internet.org is a partnership between social networking services company Facebook and six companies (Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm) that plans to bring affordable access to selected Internet services to less developed countries by increasing efficiency, and facilitating the development of new business models around the provision of Internet access.
The app delivering these services is named Free Basics.
Free Basics and Internet.org has been controversial in several countries such as India, however, many still argue that the benefits outweigh the net neutrality issues.
Nigerians have been happy to see this with various commendations being given to the three founders.