Zuckerberg discreetly came into Nigeria today, Tuesday, August 30 making it the very first time for him to set foot in Sub-Saharan Africa.
As he walked down the street, the world’s seventh wealthiest man drew loud cheers from passersby,interacting with strangers like an average guy. Guess what he was wearing,no need to think because the guy has one shirt.
For those who haven’t noticed, Zuckerberg wears the same Gray T-shirt at almost every event.
His visit included a trip to Nigeria’s Silicon Valley known as Yaba, where he toured a coding camp for kids and met with about 50 local startup founders and developers at CcHub, a local innovation centre.
He told CNN: “There’s so much energy and so much potential here. I just want to walk around and meet folks.”
Zuckerberg 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, a two-year-old startup that trains African software developers and gives them full-time roles at international companies. Andela works out of headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi, Kenya — so Zuck paid a visit to the Lagos office too.
Andela’s director Seni Sulyman 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.
Before coming to Nigeria, Zuckerberg together with his wife, Priscilla Chan met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, where the holy city’s spokesman, Greg Burke said one topic of discussion at the meeting was “how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and make a message of hope arrive, especially to those most in need.”
Late last year, Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan publicly pledged to donate billions of Facebook shares to fund projects and charities that advance human potential and promote equality though their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Good job Mark.
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