CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Kenya two days ago, boarding from Nigeria where he had visited earlier in the week, on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the continent to visit the iHub technology hub in Nairobi, meet with developers and partners, and explore how the country’s pioneering mobile money ecosystem is evolving.
Zuckerberg was in Kenya to see how technology innovation is changing the country, learn more about what mobile entrepreneurs are doing with the latest technology, and find out how Facebook can better support small businesses, developers and content creators across growing markets.
He landed in Kenya after visiting Lagos, Nigeria. He was particularly excited to see how mobile money and social media are driving commerce in the region and creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs and communities.
The Facebook blond hairy CEO return to Nigeria after a one day Nairobi trip, to visit the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
During his visit, the Nigerian President Buhari, told Mark Zuckerberg how the wealthy is perceived in our society and how his simplicity is admirable.
“I am impressed by your simplicity in sharing your knowledge and wealth with those with less income. In our culture, we are not used to seeing successful people appear like you. We are not used to seeing successful people jogging and sweating on the streets. We are more used to seeing successful people in air-conditioned places. We are happy you are well-off and simple enough to always share” Buhari said.
Zuckerberg responded by admitting he was impressed by the interest, energy and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by young Nigerians in all the ICT camps that he had visited.
“I was highly impressed by the talent of the youths in the Co-creation Hub in Yaba. I was blown away by their talent and the level of energy that I saw,” Zuck said.