Microsoft to close Africa Development Center in Nigeria

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Microsoft is closing its Africa Development Centre in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country, resulting in job losses.

Microsoft (MSFT.O) is closing its Africa Development Centre in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country, resulting in job losses, according to a source on Wednesday.

The center, located in the commercial hub of Lagos, will open in 2022 as part of Microsoft’s efforts to provide high-end engineering and innovation solutions for the company.

The company stated it will continue to operate in Nigeria while prioritizing and investing in important development areas.

“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,” a representative for Microsoft stated.

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

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people would be affected.

In December 2022, Microsoft President Brad Smith stated that Africa constituted a booming talent pool as opposed to falling population growth elsewhere. At the time, Microsoft employed more than 200 engineers in Lagos and over 500 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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