The media has been buzzing over the surprise visit of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg to Lagos, Nigeria. While visiting, he was given a taste of the Nigerian culture, including our infamous ‘jollof rice’. Yum!
Yes ooo! Take a back seat Ghana jollof. We have the stamped approval of even Mark himself that Naija jollof is the best! All joke aside, Nigerians only hope that Mark’s visit to Nigeria is for the best, including improvement of our technologies and infrastructures.
Based on the videos and pictures that have been released so far, that is exactly what it looks like.Besides Mark Zuckerberg’s casual jog through Yaba bridge, office visits, and our jollof rice, here are few things you should know about this visit:
- Mark met with developers and entrepreneurs to learn more about the startup ecosystem and his program (“Andela”) in Nigeria. He specifically visited Andela-Lagos for that reason.
- Mark spoke with Rosemary Njoku who sells the express wi-fi in Lagos to over 3,000 customers.
“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”, the 32-year-old billionaire said.
Ghana, TAKE YOUR L again! "It was delicious, it was really good" – Mark Zuckerberg commenting on Nigerian Jollof 🔥🙌👌 pic.twitter.com/E5yxvxDJld
— Prosper Otemuyiwa (@unicodeveloper) August 31, 2016
- This is Mark’s first time visiting Nigeria
- Facebook is launching a satellite into space to enable more entrepreneurs sell Express WiFi across Africa.
- Mark Zuckerberg told Andela employees in Lagos that he came to their city because it was where “the future is going to get built.” Andela is only in Lagos, Nairobi, San Francisco, and New York City.
So, it’s all about Andela this week and expanding Facebook. And of course, Nigeria’s economy will benefit from this growth – if embezzlers do not interfere.
When you are great, people will learn to say/spell/pronounce your name. So, be great!
picture: Christine Magee/Twitter.