Published: Thu, September 08, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Mark Zuckerberg takes selfie with Buhari

Mark Zuckerberg takes selfie with Buhari

"The energy here is incredible and I'm excited to learn as much as I can", he said.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari commended Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg during their impromptu one-on-one meeting at Aso Villa today, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina.

CcHUB is located in Yaba, an area in Lagos identified as Nigeria's Silicon Valley. Zuckerberg has also been attending a start-up demo day hosted by the country's presidency. He observed that Nigeria, as largest market in Africa, possesses "great entrepreneurial opportunities", stressing that the nation's potential in entrepreneurship was downplayed by investors, because of wrong perception.

He said "we are not used to seeing successful people appear like you; we are not used to seeing successful people jogging and sweating on the streets".

"It's not much good having the infrastructure if people can not afford to use it", he said.

He, however, noted that to lead the way in the continent digital revolution, the country must focus increasing ICT infrastructure from public and private sides, promote affordability and develop locally-relevant solutions that gravitate people to use the Internet. "We are happy you are well-off and simple enough to always share", he stated.

"To have Mark show that kind of interest in us is a huge stamp of approval", Adegbembo said.

This comes after the Facebook billionaire made a surprise visit to Kenya, chose to lunch on Ugali and Fish at Mama Oliech's and visited iHub to interact with developers and entrepreneurs. "I met my wife on Facebook and now we have a child". I wasn't starting a company at the time but wanted to build something to see if it would work. "You're going to need people that have complementary skills", he emphasized.

I want to thank you all for taking the time to be here, taking the time to participate. "I believe in you and I look forward to seeing what you do and congratulations".

He left briefly for Kenya on Thursday but returned to Nigeria to meet with Buhari in his office on Friday. If we are going to become sustainable, and move from this generation to the next, we must understand what the next generation is all about. One of my favorite parts of travelling to a new country is trying the food. At the town hall, Zuckerberg mentioned he had sampled pounded yam, goat, snail, and the signature Nigerian dish, jollof rice. Wandia Gichuru, CEO, and Makena Mutwiri, head of marketing of Vivo Active Wear, an online women's clothes store does most of its business via Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp.

Each of the winners, namely Tracology, a patented smart payment systems for utility companies; RecyclePoints, a waste recycling and social benefit venture for sustainable development, and Shuttlers, a multi-staff bus service to assist commuters resolve daily challenges around big cities, was given N3 million grant to develop their ideas.

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