Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has arrived in Lagos, Nigeria to witness the technological revolution in the country.
He paid a visit to CoCreation hub, a technology hub in Yaba, Lagos where he met with developers and partners, and is hoping to explore Nollywood.
Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa, Africa Press Organisation said in a statement.
“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,” the statement added.
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 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.”
Zuckerberg was said to have arrived from Rome where he was visiting with his wife, Priscilla.
The Zuckerbergs are interested in expanding their presence in Africa through the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, which invested $24 million in Andela, a startup which trains African tech engineers. Andela has campuses in Lagos and Nairobi.
Zuckerberg is expected to visit the campus. He is also expected to participate at the Facebook’s developer workshop, which commences Wednesday.
By this visit, Zuckerberg joins other tech billionaires like Bill Gates who have visited Nigeria.