Facebook has launched a marketplace in Nigeria where people can discover, buy and sell items from others in their local communities.
With this development, Nigeria has joined the growing list of countries like South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya where people can browse and search for items, sort based on distance or category.
The Head of Public Policy for Anglophone West Africa, Adaora Ikenze in a statement mentioned that the launch of the marketplace in Nigeria further highlights the ongoing efforts towards boosting buying and selling in Nigeria and connecting communities.
According to her, the marketplace is a destination that enables people to discover, buy and sell items
“This comes at a crucial time as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact people and businesses, and with many people buying and selling on Facebook, this will provide people with a convenient destination where they can discover new products, shop for things they want or find buyers for the things they are ready to part with,” Ikenze said.
She explained that when a seller lists an item on the marketplace, they create a public listing that can be seen by anyone on Facebook, which includes people on the marketplace, news feed, Facebook search, Facebook groups or search engines.
Sellers on the other hand can also simply take a photo of an item, enter a product name, description and price, confirm their location, select a category, and post.