Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook Visits Nigeria

Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook Visits Nigeria

According to reports, these photos were taken at the CC Hub in Yaba ( known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria) where he is inspecting how Facebook works in Nigeria and what can be done to make it more efficient.

 On his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa, the 7th richest man in the world was said to be on a research trip “to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across #Africa.”

While watching coders and developers work at the CC Hub, he told a reporter that he was excited about the energy, about the developers and the potential of start ups in Nigeria. “There’s so much energy and so much potential here. I just want to walk around and meet folks,” he was quoted as saying.

Seni Sulyman director of Andela, a two-year-old startup that trains African software developers said it was a thrill to welcome Zuckerberg. “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,” Sulyman said in a written statement.

CNN reports:

Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook has been increasingly involved in African initiatives this year.

In June, his foundation — the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — made a multi-million dollar investment in Andela. Andela works out of headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi, Kenya — so Zuck paid a visit to the Lagos office too.

Zuckerberg has also put his weight behind an initiative called “Free Basics,” which provides free Internet access to cellphone users in under-served countries, including Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.

It runs in more than 20 African countries and recently launched in Nigeria.

The “Free Basics” app — which is run by Facebook’s Internet.org unit — allows cellphone users to access certain types of information related to areas like health care and employment.

However, the app is not without controversy. India’s telecoms regulator blocked the service in February, saying providers must charge the same price for all content.

Critics have also argued that the program violates the central tenets of net neutrality, which stipulate that all Internet content and users should be treated equally. Cherry-picking free content isn’t considered fair or right, according to the critics.

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