Facebook CEO in Nigeria to witness Africa’s tech revolution

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ZuckerbergFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Nigeria this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and 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.

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.

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.”

Meeting developers at Andela

Mark then went to Andela, an engineering organization that is building the next generation of technical leaders in Africa.

Andela is a business that recruits the most talented technologists in Africa and shapes them into world-class developers through a four-year technical leadership program. In the two years since it was founded, Andela has accepted just over 200 engineers from a pool of more than 40,000 applicants. Andela developers spend six months mastering a technical stack and contributing to open source projects before being placed with global technology companies as full-time, distributed teammates, working out of Andela headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi.

Earlier this year, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invested in Andela after being impressed by the company’s innovative model of learning and its drive to connect the global technology ecosystem with the most talented developers in Africa.

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.”

At the end of the day Zuckerberg stopped by an Express WiFi stand in Lagos owned by Rosemary Njoku. Facebook’s Express WiFi lets entrepreneurs like Rosemary set up a hot spot to help their community access apps and services built by local developers.

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3 Responses to Facebook CEO in Nigeria to witness Africa’s tech revolution

  1. This is good. I hope our youths in Zambia are at this level or above. They just dununa reverse. Our youths are too much into politics. They have no time for Science and Technology. Just go to the Bus stations or get on a Mini Bus and Listen to the discussions. Its all about Ba Lungu eee, Ba Lungu ooooww balungu——. This country needs to move forward and if this generation has no inspiration to engage in innovative things, then we will be doomed forever Amen. Our people and youths in particular are too much into unproductive politics of hate and retardation. Can we start harnessing the energy of our cadres into doing some productive thinking in the areas of Science and Technology. May I also suggest that the Cadets in Schools be abolished and instead be transformed into a Science and Technology Hub were children will not spend their time firing guns but be taught how to come up with innovative Scientific and technology gadgets? I don’t know but I feel we have too many unproductive political cadres both youths and older people. Zuckerberg is visiting Nigeria because of the energy of the youths in doing productive work. If he came to this Country what would he find? Only youths dancing to Dununa reverse and Chikonko Mwikate. I’m sure he would fly out immediately. I hope when Lungu finally gets into Office he will eliminate those unproductive Kaponyas surrounding him and replace them with a less politically motivated group. The Frank Bwalyas, Mumbi Phiris, Davies Chamas, Sunday Chandas, Brian Haapundas, Kaizer Zulus, Rupiah Bandas and the like need to be discarded because they have outlived their usefulness. They are just tribalists who don’t mean well for this country. We need a better team around the President to bring in new ideas and innovations.

    Blackbird
    August 31, 2016 at 9:41 am
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    • @Blackbird Sadly Zambia has a long way to catch up to Nigeria in Technology wise. Technology is the driving force in todays globally markets and to remain behind means Zambia will not prosper financially since business are doing business globally.

      The young generation should be asking what is ECL going to do for our country.

      Paul
      September 1, 2016 at 12:26 am
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  2. Well said Blackbird. This so called Zambian music they can’t even export such bubble gum music. Dununa reverse, Chikonko Mwikate just promoting hate.
    We need to promote Tech ideas. Not hero worshiping politicians who just are interested to fill their bellies.

    KAJIMANGA BUJIMI
    August 31, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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