It has be confirmed that the 6th richest man in the world Mark Zukerberg, founder of Facebook is currently in Nigeria, Yaba Lagos to be precise. He apparently arrived a couple of hours ago with his wife Priscilla after just being in Rome, where they according to his Facebook page held a Q&A session, visited the Pope and did a few “touristy” things.
He is at the moment in a meeting at the CoCreation Hub a local innovation center where he toured a coding camp for kids and met with about 50 local startup founders and developers with a few key players in the Nigerian tech ecosystem. Aside working, we could tell he’s having a good time.
There’s so much energy and so much potential here. I just want to walk around and meet folks.
His visit however, was not announced and as a result, we can’t really say for a fact what his mission is.
There have been some Facebook related developments in Nigeria recently so what you think? There are a bunch of reasons we can think of, for starters, the Free Basics launched in Nigeria, Facebook’s developer workshop happening tomorrow, the partnership with Cool Link to launch Express Wifi in Lagos around this week according to a report made yesterday, visit Jobberman, the Andela team he had invested in few weeks ago or wait, maybe he wants to do all and even more.
More info would be related as soon as they pop up.
Facebook is a for-profit corporation and online social networking service based in Menlo Park, California, United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high school students. Since 2006, anyone in general aged 13 and older has been allowed to become a registered user of the website, though variations exist in the minimum age requirement, depending on applicable local laws. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to U.S. university students