Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg has said that he is in Nigeria to learn about the startup ecosystem in the country.
He disclosed this via his verified Facebook account. “Next stop: Lagos!
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. Our first stop is 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 here,” he posted.
Quartz magazine reports that more people use Facebook in Nigeria than anywhere else on the continent
There are an estimated 16 million active users every month in the country, 44% of them access Facebook every day.
Zuckerberg also said he met with Rosemary Njoku:
"This is Rosemary Njoku." "I just met Rosemary at the Facebook Express Wi-Fi stand she runs in Lagos."
"Express Wi-Fi empowers entrepreneurs to build a business by providing their community with access to the internet. Facebook designed the technology, and local internet providers add the connectivity. Express Wi-Fi is part of our Internet.org initiative."
"Rosemary already had a business before she also started selling Express Wi-Fi as well, but she told me she now has 3,000 customers and makes much more money from Express Wi-Fi. She's a great example of how local entrepreneurs spread internet access around the world."
"This week, we're launching a satellite into space to enable more entrepreneurs across Africa to sell Express Wi-Fi and more people to access reliable internet. That means more connectivity and more opportunity for entrepreneurs like Rosemary everywhere."
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