Why Mark Zuckerberg is excited about Nigeria

Story highlights

  • Facebook has launched 'Free Basics' in Nigeria and other countries
  • Mark Zuckerberg highlighted three Nigerian entrepreneurs during the launch event
  • The three are the founders of job site Jobberman

(CNN)You know you're doing something right when Mark Zuckerberg namechecks you.

That's exactly what happened to Jobberman founders Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude and Ayodeji Adewunmi on May 10 when the Facebook founder used the three men as an example of innovation in Nigeria.
    Awoyemi, Elude and Adewunmi founded the job site in their dorm room at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in 2009.
    Their mission was to build the largest catalog of jobs in Nigeria. Today, 5,000 job applications go through the site every day.
    "In our six years of working on Jobberman, we've seen that beyond the problem of unemployment, there is a problem of unemployability as well," Opeyemi Awoyemi told CNN.
    "That has clearly influenced our mission. We expend most of our resources on job matching via our online platforms, we are also exploring partnerships with government and philanthropic organizations to power career advice centers in cities and universities in Nigeria."
    Despite the success of the site, a name-check from an international tech leader can't hurt.
    "Zuckerberg just made us the poster-children for Nigeria's burgeoning internet technology space," said Awoyemi.
    In the first year, Jobberman became one of the most visited websites in the country, and operations were moved to Lagos -- closer to the business and big employers the team wanted to target.