Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., today announced the establishment of its first office in Lagos, Nigeria. The new Lagos office is part of AWS’s commitment to the country’s growing number of customers and partners. The office will help organizations of all sizes, including startups, enterprises, and government agencies, transition to AWS Cloud.
AWS can better address the increased customer and partner adoption of AWS services in Nigeria by opening a Lagos office. With a local presence, AWS will support new and existing customers who want to use AWS products and services to innovate, reduce IT costs, and grow their businesses in the cloud.
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The new AWS office in Lagos is welcomed by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. “The Service Infrastructure Pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) emphasizes the importance of digital platforms in the development of a robust digital economy,” said Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. Amazon Web Services programs support the development of such platforms, and we look forward to collaborating with AWS to accelerate the implementation of NDEPS.”
The new Lagos office is AWS’s latest investment in Africa. Teams of AWS account managers, partner managers, solutions architects, and other roles assist Nigerian customers with everything from development and test environments to big data analytics; mobile, web, and social apps; enterprise business applications; Internet of Things (IoT); and mission-critical workloads. SeamlessHR, Yellow Card, BFree, Bankly, and public sector organizations are among AWS’s customers.
AWS also actively supports Nigerian startups and the community through programs such as AWS Activate, as well as educational programs such as AWS Academy, AWS Educate, and AWS re/Start. AWS Activate gives startups the resources they need to get started on AWS, such as up to $100,000 in AWS credits, training, support, and connections to incubators, accelerators, and venture capital firms.
To accelerate cloud-related learning, AWS Academy assists university students and educators in developing knowledge and skills about AWS Cloud computing. The University of Benin, the University of Jos, and Igbinedion University are all AWS Academy member institutions in Nigeria. AWS re/Start is a 12-week, in-person skills-based training program that covers fundamental AWS Cloud skills as well as practical career skills such as interviewing and resume writing to help individuals prepare for entry-level cloud positions. In Nigeria, AWS re/Start has expanded to three locations: Lagos, Edo, and Benue. In Benue state, AWS Partner New Vision Institute Technology recently opened a campus in Otukpo, Nigeria, a remote rural community, to host over 100 AWS re/Start learners.