All What We Know About Mark Zuckerberg Visit To Nigeria
The unprecedented visit of Mark Zuckerberg has raised tons of questions in the minds of Nigerians as to what his mission were on the visitation to Africa(Nigeria) for the first time.
There’s been a lot of Facebook-related development in Nigeria so there’s a ton of reasons why Mark may be visiting. First, Free Basics launched in Nigeria and Mark showed his support for the Jobberman team. Then the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative invested $24 million in Andela. Facebook’s developer workshop is happening tomorrow, and yesterday, reports came from Techcabal that Facebook is partnering with Cool Link to launch Express Wifi in Lagos some time this week.
Yesterday, Mark and his wife, Priscilla was in Rome. The couple met with Pope Francis as part of Zuckerberg’s trip of Italy, announced following the devastating earthquake that hit the country last week, killing hundreds. After discussing the importance of connecting people in the world without internet access, Zuckerberg presented the Pope with a drone — but, alas, not a working one. Instead, it was a model of Facebook’s solar-powered Aquila aircraft, designed to beam internet access to those areas of the world that are lacking connectivity.
As part of the trip, Zuckerberg also met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to discuss the earthquake, the economy, and technology’s impact on job creation, among other things. The CEO hosted a Townhall Q&A in Rome, which was live-streamed on Facebook, as well.
Mark Zuckerberg is at the CoCreation Hub, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria at this very moment. Seemingly, he arrived this afternoon and is meeting with a few key players in the Nigerian tech ecosystem.
Mark Zuckerberg visit isn’t very much clear to me but I believe one of the major reasons he’s visiting Nigeria is Mark’s will to launch a free internet throughout the globe.
More details coming soon….
Originally published at NoizMakaz.