Facebook Research and Development Team is reportedly working on an educational application, ‘Sabee’, while targeting learners from Nigeria.
Last fall, Facebook announced it was opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria, which would provide the company with a hub in the region and the first office on the continent staffed with a team of engineers.
The hub has now started work on one of the first products to emerge: an education-focused mobile app called Sabee, which means “to know” in Nigerian Pidgin.
In order to key into the educational sector of Nigeria, the social learning app targets Nigerian educators and learners. This is the first Nigerian-focused product created by the Mark Zuckerberg company.
According to the social media giant, which has over 30 million users in Nigeria, it stated that there are about two million educators catering to 50 million learners in the country.
For years, Facebook has been experimenting with apps centred around dating, messaging audio, video, music, amongst others – the Sabee app is a non-experiment app.
Although the digital learning app is not live yet, as it’s still in a testing phase, Sabee will be competing with Gradely, PrepClass, uLesson, and many more Nigerian-owned edutech startups.
While these edu-tech apps still depend on fundraising, Sabee will be coming into the Nigerian market with a deep pocket backer like Zuckerberg’s Facebook.
Sabee was uploaded on the Play Store for a short while before it was taken offline by the social media firm – the release date is yet to be made public.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Mark Zuckerberg lost N534.95 trillion from his fortune which was put at $126.7 billion by Forbes. Zuckerberg’s fortune dropped after the valuation of his company, Facebook, got to $1 trillion.
The rise was however short-lived after its stock value depreciated. Facebook’s market capitalisation dropped below a trillion-dollar by end of trading on Tuesday – this affected Zuckerberg’s wealth.