The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is currently in Nigeria. The visit comes after Facebook-linked developments in Nigeria and Africa at large. Zuckerberg during this visit was reported to have also visited the Co Creations Hub (CcHub), Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed to be a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place. The HUB is a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and hackers in and around Lagos to co-create new solutions to the many social problems in Nigeria. The CCHub is located in Yaba, Lagos State. He is reported to be in Nigeria to listen, learn, and take ideas on how Facebook can be better in supporting tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.
In June this year, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative founded by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, supported Andela, a Nigerian start-up company, based in New York, that trains Software Developers in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya with a $24 million Series B funding. Before now, Zuckerberg acknowledged the innovation of the developers at Jobberman, a website for job seekers in Nigeria. Andela was founded in 2014 by veteran entrepreneurs Jeremy Johnson, Christina Sass, Ian Carnevale and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji.
Meanwhile the ‘Facebook for developers’ workshop’ for Nigerian engineers, product managers and partners seems to be his major reason for visiting, despite that the company’s Director of Global Product Partnerships, Nigeria’s Ime Archibong was to be the lead speaker. Zuckerberg had previously said that at the event, Facebook would unveil a ten-year roadmap that can help improve Nigeria’s economy. Nigeria as of March had over 7.1 million monthly active users on Facebook, making it Africa’s biggest user of the social media platform.
Quoting Mark 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. “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.”