The Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and co-founder of social networking website Facebook - Mark Elliot Zuckerberg visited Nigeria for the first time, arrived on Tuesday afternoon (30th August 2016), touching down in Lagos, Nigeria. He met with local businesses and developers in an effort to understand how Facebook (FB, Tech30) could “better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa,” the company said in a statement.
His visit included a trip to a Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, where he toured a coding camp for kids and met with about 50 local startup founders and developers at CcHub, a local innovation center.
Zuckerberg had traveled to Kenya after visiting Lagos. One day after he left Lagos for Nairobi to “learn about mobile money“, Zuckerberg is back in Nigeria on on Friday 2nd September, 2016 to meet the country’s president Muhammadu Buhari and vice president, Yemi Osinbajo. Zuckerberg has also been attending a start-up demo day hosted by the country’s presidency.
Unfortunately, it appears like his plans have suffered an unrecoverable setback on Thursday morning when a SpaceX rocket – owned by Elon Musk exploded during a routine pre-launch check.
The Facebook Amos 6 Satellite was scheduled to launch into the orbit on Saturday but now that it's destroyed in the massive blast, it won't be realizable again at least for now.
The Satellite was to provide at about 14 African countries and the Middle East with free/affordable broadband. See what Mark said about the incident;
- He keeps himself too low
- Still works very hard every minute of the day
- He appears casual most of the time.
- Quietly came to Nigeria (unnoticed)
- He trekked in the streets of Lagos without bodyguards and military men
- He walked around without sirens
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