Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg visits Kenya after his three day surprise visit to Nigeria.
In a Facebook post, the internet billionaire and philanthropist announced his arrival. He plans to meet tech entrepreneurs, developers and talk to stake holders in the ICT industry.
”Just landed in Nairobi! I’m here to meet with entrepreneurs and developers, and to learn about mobile money — where Kenya is the world leader.”
”I’m starting at a place called iHub, where entrepreneurs can build and prototype their ideas. Two of the engineers I met — Fausto and Mark — designed a system to help people use mobile payments to buy small amounts of cooking gas, which is a lot safer and better for the environment than charcoal or kerosene. It’s inspiring to see how engineers here are using mobile money to build businesses and help their community.”
While in Nigeria, the 32 year old also met with local developers in Lagos encouraging and advising them.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative which Mark and his wife, Dr. Priscilla, own have invested heavily in Andela.
Andela is a two-year-old startup that trains African software developers and gives them full-time roles at international companies. Andela works out of headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi, Kenya.
Zuckerberg also posted on Facebook photos of him having lunch at the popular fish joint Mama Oliech on Marcus Garvey road, Nairobi. The post read
”I had lunch in Nairobi with Joseph Mucheru, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Information and Communications. We talked about internet access and his ambitious plans for connecting everyone in Kenya”.
”We ate at MAMA Oliech Restaurant. — a local place everyone recommended. One of my favorite parts of traveling to a new country is trying the food. I enjoyed ugali and a whole fried tilapia for the first time and loved them both”
Zuckerberg is backing the ”Free Basics” initiative which aims to provide free Internet access to cellphone users in under-served countries like Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
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