The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg said he is in Nigeria to listen, learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.
Zuckerburg who arrived Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, wrote on his Facebook page, “This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I’ll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup 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.”
According to available information, the Zuckerbergs are interested in expanding their presence in Africa through the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, which invested $24 million in Andela, a start up which trains African tech engineers. Andela has campuses in Lagos and Nairob.