Mark Zuckerberg is on a surprise visit to Nigeria, Facebook’s largest African market
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is visiting Nigeria for a few days. Zuckerberg says he’ll be “meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria” during his time in Lagos. In line with this, Zuckerberg’s first notable stop was at Co-Creation Hub (Cc Hub), in Yaba, Lagos’ Silicon Valley-style ground zero for start-ups.
Over the years, Cc Hub has served as a start-up incubator and accelerator, housing successful start-ups such as BudgIT, a civic enterprise which focuses on accountability and transparency in government budgets. While at Cc Hub, Zuckerberg also met with young kids attending a summer coding camp.
Zuckerberg may meet with Nigeria’s president Buhari or vice president Osinbajo before he leaves, according to one person familiar with the plans, but the meeting hasn’t been confirmed. The arrangements for Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria were successfully kept under wraps till he appeared in Lagos today (Aug. 30) after a visit to Rome with his wife Priscilla Chan, where he is reported to have met the Pope.