Two Africa Development Centers were launched by Microsoft on Friday, 17th of May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria. The centers were launched as an extension of the existing Microsoft offices but will be stand-alone centers soon.

The Africa Development Centers were launched not to only cater for job creation but to fulfill the organization’s mission to the letter which is: To empower every person in every organization in the world to achieve better. Prior to the launch of this Development Center, there have been 6 others globally.


The Africa Development Centers are to function as centers where innovative solutions which revolve around intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are developed. These innovative solutions can then be applied to areas such as FinTech, AgriTech, OffGrid energy and other fields that are devoid of technological infusion in the country.

To achieve this, Microsoft seeks to hire engineering talent in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and mixed reality (MR). Microsoft will be liaising with Universities to create a cloud curriculum as well as create a modern intelligent edge that is unique to Africa.

To fuel this initiative, the organization will hire about 100 full-time engineers by the end of the year, 2019 and it looks to expand the number of engineers to 500 across both the Nairobi and Lagos site by 2023.The cost of operation as regards infrastructure and recruitment for the next five years totals $100 million.

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