Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, visited Nigeria, on Tuesday, unannounced on his first trip to Africa.
Zuckerberg would use his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and explore Nollywood.
He is in Nigeria to listen, learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can support technology development and entrepreneurship across Africa.
One of his first stops on the trip was to visit a ‘Summer of Code Camp’ at the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria.
CcHub opened in 2011 and at the time didn’t even have an office.
At CcHub people can learn how to code, developers can get help launching their first products, and find mentors and funding.
At CcHub, Zuckerberg met with developers like Temi Giwa, who runs a platform called Life Bank that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria.
Life Bank saves lives by mobilising blood donations, taking inventory of all blood available in the country, and delivering blood in the right condition to where it is needed.
After visiting CcHub Zuckerberg said: “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. The first place I got to visit was 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 in Nigeria.”