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Nigeria visit thrills Facebook founder Zuckerberg

31 August 2016, 11:21

Lagos - Facebook Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg, is elated at the passion displayed by Nigerian developers.

The globally-renowned entrepreneur is visiting Nigeria this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and explore Nollywood, the local entertainment industry.

“This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The energy here is amazing and I'm excited to learn as much as I can,” said Zuckerberg.

“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.”

Also see: PHOTOS: Facebook founder Zuckerberg spotted in Lagos

CcHub opened in 2011 and at the time did not have an office.

Five years later, they fill three floors and the roof of a building.

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 developers like Temi Giwa, who runs a platform called Life Bank (LifeBank.ng) that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria.

 Life Bank saves lives by mobilizing blood donations, taking inventory of all blood available in the country, and delivering blood in the right condition to where it is needed.

Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.

– CAJ News

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