30 August 2016
Mark Zuckerberg arrived in Nigeria this afternoon.
Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.
He is in Nigeria to listen, learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can support technology development and entrepreneurship across Africa.
One of his first stops on the trip was to visit a ‘Summer of Code Camp’ at the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria.
CcHub opened in 2011 and at the time didn’t even have an office.
At CcHub people can learn how to code, developers can get help launching their first products, and find mentors and funding.
At CcHub, Zuckerberg met with developers like Temi Giwa, who runs a platform called Life Bank that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria.
Life Bank saves lives by mobilising blood donations, taking inventory of all blood available in the country, and delivering blood in the right condition to where it is needed.
After visiting CcHub Zuckerberg said: “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.”
He also met with tech entrepreneur, Rosemary Njoku and on his Facebook wall, he wrote:
“This is Rosemary Njoku. I just met Rosemary at the Facebook Express Wi-Fi stand she runs in Lagos.
“Express Wi-Fi empowers entrepreneurs to build a business by providing their community with access to the internet. Facebook designed the technology, and local internet providers add the connectivity. Express Wi-Fi is part of our Internet.org initiative.
“Rosemary already had a business before she also started selling Express Wi-Fi as well, but she told me she now has 3,000 customers and makes much more money from Express Wi-Fi. She’s a great example of how local entrepreneurs spread internet access around the world.
“This week, we’re launching a satellite into space to enable more entrepreneurs across Africa to sell Express Wi-Fi and more people to access reliable internet. That means more connectivity and more opportunity for entrepreneurs like Rosemary everywhere.”
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with Pope Francis at The Vatican on Monday.