By Ajayi Taiwo
Google has appointed Nigerian-born Alex Okosi as the new Managing Director for Africa. Okosi, who is currently the Managing Director for YouTube in EMEA Emerging Markets, will be responsible for Google’s operations in Africa, including programs to help businesses and economies on the continent grow, as well as expanding access and providing tools to help the next billion users get more from the Web.
In a statement, Google Vice President of EMEA Emerging Markets Meir Brand said, “Alex is a proven leader with a wealth of experience in the media and technology industries. He has a deep understanding of African countries and a passion for using technology to empower people and businesses.”
Okosi said he was “excited” about the new role and the opportunity to “be an even closer part of this diverse and dynamic region.” He added, “I’m a firm believer in the potential for technology and, in particular, the internet to improve people’s lives and to help individuals and businesses in Africa to thrive.”
Okosi is a seasoned media, entertainment, and technology leader. Before joining YouTube, he held the position of Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International. In his most recent position at YouTube, Okosi played a pivotal role in steering the platform’s growth and expansion across Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey.
Okosi is also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. As YouTube’s Managing Director for EMEA Emerging Markets, he played a key role in landing YouTube’s $100 million Black Voice Fund in EMEA and partnered with Idris Elba to launch the annual Africa Day Benefit Concert. He was also an executive member of the Google and YouTube committees tasked with driving and delivering the companies’ racial equity commitments across the EMEA region.
Google has been operating in Africa for over a decade and has offices in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. The company’s products and services are used by millions of people in Africa every day.
Okosi’s appointment is a sign of Google’s commitment to Africa and its belief in the continent’s potential. He is a talented and experienced leader who is well-positioned to help Google continue to grow and succeed in Africa.