The CEO and co-founder of the world’s biggest social network, Mark Zuckerberg, landed in Lagos Nigeria unannounced yesterday August 30, 2016. This is his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Facebook CEO’s first stop was the ‘Summer of Code Camp’ at the Co-Creation Hub in Yaba, otherwise known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria. He’s also expected to participate in the ‘Facebook for Developers’ workshop for Nigerian engineers, product managers and partners, which is happening today on August 31st in Lagos. Only 60 participants are chosen from the online applicants for the free workshop.
Mark was in Rome with his wife, Priscilla, until a few hours ago (according to his Facebook page). He held a Q&A session, visited the Pope and did a few “touristy” things. The Nigeria visit wasn’t announced and Facebook’s Director of Global Product Partnerships, Nigeria’s Ime Archibong was to lead speakers to the developers event, but with the Boss of all Bosses in town, we doubt he will now.
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 start-up ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I’m excited to learn as much as I can.
Mark Zuckerberg later visited Andela, an engineering organisation that is building the next generation of developers and technical leaders in Africa, they recruit tech geeks in Africa and train them to become world-class developers through a four-year technical leadership programme. They currently have 200 engineers from a pool of more than 40, 000 applicants.
Nigerians are super gingered by this visit as, in the words of Andela’s Director Seni Sulyman, “We are excited and honoured to welcome 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.”
Written by Kike Olowu
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