Cape Times

Facebook users in top cities up


FACEBOOKha­s almost 20 million users in major African markets, Nigeria and Kenya, statistics released by the social network showed yesterday, with the majority using mobile devices to access their profiles. Facebook opened its first African office in Johannesbu­rg in June as the continent’s growing population and relatively low levels of internet access present a large untapped market for the social network to earn advertisin­g revenue. The numbers, the first Facebook has published for Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, and Kenya, east Africa’s most developed, show the two nations as important entry points on a continent of almost 1 billion people. Nigeria had 15 million monthly active users as of June 30 this year. – Reuters

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