The Chief Executive Officer of Google Incorporated, Sundar Pichai, said the tech company would in five years have prepared 10 million Africans for jobs of the future.
This was made known at a comference in Lagos on Thursday.
Google had in March had reached its initial target of training one million people. Also in April 2016, Google launched an initiative to train young Africans in digital skills.
The training would comprise an in-person and online training which would be offered in Swahili, Hausa, and Zulu languages. Noting that 40 percent of people trained are women.
“Nigerians have to write software for the local economy and we have a program to train over 100,000 software developers in Nigeria.”
The company also pledged a commitment of over $20 million in the next five years for nonprofit organisations in Africa, Pichai said.
Google diclosed its plan to provide over $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship, and wworking space access to more than 60 African start-ups spread over three years.
with the launch of new products in Africa starting with Nigeria. The products include Posts with Google, Gboard, Google Street View, Launchpad Accelerator and the YouTube Go.
Nigeria becomes the third country in the world launch the application after United States and Brazil. It enables an up-to-date posts from verified people, places or things, to appear directly in search results.
A statement by Google said, “museums, sports teams, sports leagues, and movies in the US, and all of the above plus musicians in Brazil and Nigeria are the only ones with access to the new product, however experimentation is ongoing in other regions of the world.”
The Gboard is a keyboard specially designed to make it easy to type in Nigerian languages like Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba with the proper alphabets readily available.
Google also unveiled an improved search engine capable of saving 90 percent data, which is five times faster with faster web pages from search results.
With the newly launched Google Street View, users can view any location in the world in a video form from their devices.
“Google maps are just as relevant to a user in Lagos as it is in London. You can view the streets of Lagos from the comfort of your couch,” Suhen Ruhela of Google Maps said.
The company indicated that YouTube Go was built on four pillars “it is relatable, connected, cost effective and Social. YouTube Go will give users control over the videos they love,”
According to Johanna Wright, vice president of YouTube, YouTube Go was being tested in Nigeria as of June, and the trial version of the app will be offered globally later this year.
Also speaking, Google Country Director for Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor, said Nigeria ranked number one among African users and the eighth in the world.
Other side attractions at the event was a live performance by rising Nigerian musician, Adekunle Gold, and the presentation of a plaque to Popular Nigerian YouTube personality, Mark Angel Comedy for hitting one million subscribers on his YouTube account.