Facebook‘s Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to further understand how Facebook can better support Technological development and Entrepreneurship across Africa.
His first port of call was the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) better known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria in Yaba, Lagos were start- ups get spurred on , find mentors and possibly funding for their Technological developments
Zuckerberg, on his Facebook page said:
This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I’ll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the start-up ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I’m excited to learn as much as I can.
“The first place I got to visit was the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba. I got to talk to kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to CcHub to build and launch their apps. I’m looking forward to meeting more people in Nigeria”.
He also stopped over at Andela, a firm that is developing the next generation of Technical leaders in Africa. Andela had earlier in the year received funding from the Zuckerberg’s foundation in pursuit of their drive to create a platform for passionate software developers and Engineers that will compete in the global Tech Ecosystem
Zuckerberg’s visit is focussed primarily on ICT developers and Entrepreneurs He is scheduled to meet with developers, partners, members of the booming Nollywood industry and the President.
The visit to Lagos the Economic nerve centre of Nigeria underscores the importance of Nigeria as Facebook largest market in Africa and one of the Continents’ highest Smartphone penetration points.
Zuckerberg mingled with ordinary Nigerians, freely walked the streets, ate sumptuous local delicacies and in the process significantly demonstrated the relative safety of Nigeria and the hospitable nature of the vast majority of her people