Facebook CEO visits Nigeria

Mark Zuckerberg seeks to discover novel ways for Facebook to support tech development and entrepreneurship in Africa.

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Facebook CEO visits Nigeria Zuckerberg: "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."
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  August 31, 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently started a short tour to Nigeria to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos.

Zukerberg hopes to discover new ways for his company to both support technology development and entrepreneurship in Africa.

One of the first stops for Facebook's CEO was at the 'Summer of Code Camp' at the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria. 

Commenting on the visit, 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."

He added: "The first place I got to visit was the 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."

Following his visit to CcHub, Zuckerberg travelled and met with Andela, an engineering organisation dedicated to the recruitment and development of technical leaders in Africa. Following its foundings two years ago, Andela has accepted just over 200 engineers from a pool of more than 40,000 applicants.

Those chosen then spend the next six months familiarising themselves with technical stack and contributing to open-source projects, before finding permanent employment with a global technology company.

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."

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