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More Info On Mark Zuckerberg's Visit To Nigeria.

Yes, there is going to be a Facebook Live event tomorrow (Count on MissTechy for live coverage), but that is not the primary reason(s) Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria. According to APO, he is also in Nigeria to listen, learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa. He would be using his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and explore Nollywood.
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Yes, you read the Nollywood part right!

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. Five years later they fill three floors and the roof of a building. 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 (http://www.LifeBank.ng) that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria. Life Bank saves lives by mobilizing 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 Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, 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.”

Meeting developers at Andela

Mark then went to Andela, an engineering organization that is building the next generation of technical leaders in Africa. 

Andela is a business that recruits the most talented technologists in Africa and shapes them into world-class developers through a four-year technical leadership program. In the two years since it was founded, Andela has accepted just over 200 engineers from a pool of more than 40,000 applicants. Andela developers spend six months mastering a technical stack and contributing to open source projects before being placed with global technology companies as full-time, distributed teammates, working out of Andela headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi.

Earlier this year, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative invested in Andela after being impressed by the company’s innovative model of learning and its drive to connect the global technology ecosystem with the most talented developers in Africa.

Seni Sulyman, Director, Andela Lagos, said: “

We are excited and honored to welcome Mark Zuckerberg to Lagos. His visit reinforces not only his support of Andela’s mission, but his belief that indeed the next generation of great technology leaders will come out of Lagos, Nigeria and cities across Africa. Andela has created a platform for passionate, driven software developers and engineers to break into the global tech ecosystem, but the barriers to entry are still very high. Mark’s visit demonstrates to all Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs that they’ve caught the attention of the tech world, and they are capable of succeeding on a truly global level.” 

At the end of the day, Zuckerberg stopped by an Express WiFi stand in Lagos owned by Rosemary Njoku. Facebook’s Express WiFi lets entrepreneurs like Rosemary set up a hot spot to help their community access apps and services built by local developers.

Hopefully, he would grace us with his presence tomorrow! Can’t wait!

Update: Changed a typo with the title

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10 comments on “More Info On Mark Zuckerberg's Visit To Nigeria.

  1. ebenezer says:

    the event is starting what time tomorrow .?

  2. Presh says:

    Nice. I hope he won’t get kidnapped. Area boys dey vex. Hmm! Mark I welcome you from
    upghetto.com. Let’s look inwards, I think there are many Marks in Nigeria, but they are yet to realize that because of dependence on govt and some excuses about Buhari admin.

  3. Rasaq says:

    How i wish am currently in Lagos. Welcome Mark. 2016 list of tech blogs in Nigeria 2016.

  4. Adeniji Micheal says:

    Will be active live and direct on Snapchat 2moro… So excited

  5. Kay says:

    Hell, I’m pumped as well…. Good thing I’m in Lagos at the moment! 🙂
    Tobi, your title tho. “Mark‘s Zuckerberg”?

  6. Samuel Etim says:

    This is a welcome development. Mark you are highly welcome to Nigeria
    Commenting from samexycool.com

  7. Duru Freeman says:

    I love the way foreign investor are investing heavily in Nigeria. it’s a wide broadcast to Nigerian and an opportunity to all people in Africa… Mark took a big spy step by coming Nigeria. I believe this would change other big time foreign investor like PayPal etc . To have a second thought on Nigeria. We are growing bigger…. Missy Thumbs Up.

  8. OSI-EFA ADEDOTUN says:

    I feel so happy that mark is in nigeria am a 15year old Blogger Mark’s visit to lagos has given the courage that I can reach there some day no matter what people say. Alot of people criticise at times I want to stop blogging but he keeps me going Mark is my True Role Model I Love Him So Much

  9. optimusPRIME says:

    Great!!

  10. Rotimi Popoola says:

    Welcome …..Mark to 9ja great having u here ….
    Adedotun thumbs up maan kip ur good work up BTW am also a teen here Nice to meet u

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