Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya were the stop points of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s first trip to Africa. In Lagos, his first stop, he visited the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, met with developers and partners, and explored Nollywood. Zuckerberg spent his time in Nigeria to listen and learn about how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.
Zuckerberg also stopped by an Express WiFi stand in Lagos. Facebook’s Express WiFi lets entrepreneurs set up a hot spot to help their community access apps and services built by local developers. Express WiFi was only recently introduced in Lagos, with plans to spread out to cover more areas.
In Nairobi, Mark visited the iHub technology hub in Nairobi, also met with developers and partners, and explored how the country’s pioneering mobile money ecosystem is evolving. He was particularly excited to see how mobile money and social media are driving commerce in the region and creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs and communities.
New initiatives, services and partnerships from Facebook can be expected in the local technology and business environments in Nigeria and Kenya in the not too distant future. This was no holiday for Mark Zuckerberg.