Microsoft to Close Down Africa Development Centre in Nigeria – TV360 Nigeria

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Microsoft is shutting down its Africa Development Centre in the continent’s most populous nation Nigeria, which will lead to job losses, a spokesperson said on Wednesday, May 8.

The centre, based in the commercial capital Lagos was opened in 2022 as part of Microsoft’s push to deliver high-end engineering and innovation solutions for the company.

The company said it would, however, continue to operate in Nigeria, continuing to prioritize and invest in strategic growth areas.

The spokesperson clarified that while the engineering team at the African Development Centre in Lagos has been let go, the Microsoft office in Nigeria remains operational.

“Microsoft has decided to close the Africa Development Centre in Nigeria, and as a result some of our employees based in Nigeria will be impacted,” the Microsoft spokesperson said.

“Organizational and workforce adjustments are a necessary and regular part of managing our business.”

It was not immediately clear how many people would be impacted.

It can be recalled in our last report that It was learnt that the affected employees would receive salary payments till June and continue to be covered by health insurance.

In December 2022, Microsoft President Brad Smith said Africa represented a burgeoning talent pool in contrast to declining population growth elsewhere. Microsoft at that time had more than 200 engineers in Lagos and more than 500 in Nairobi, Kenya.…Read more by Herman Everett

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