Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Pops Up In Nigeria, Visits Yaba

Billionaire founder of Facebook, one of the world’s most prolific social media sites, arrived in Nigeria today according to numerous eyewitness accounts.

Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife were in Rome, Italy this week while he met with the Pope and enjoyed some local tourist attractions. From Italy, it is now known, he traveled to Nigeria.

The first photos to emerge from this unannounced visit are of him meeting with tech entrepreneurs and youth in Yaba, Lagos. Yaba is considered to be the tech center of Nigeria and houses numerous creative spaces and tech start-ups.

It will be recalled that Facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg’s own philanthropy has increasingly focused its attention to the continent of Africa. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative invested heavily in Andela, a tech and coding company providing training to young tech engineers has generating a lot of buzz in Nigeria and Africa more generally. Facebook is also holding workshops for tech developers this month in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa.

Mr. Zuckerberg delivered some brief remarks at the Co-Creation hub in Yaba expressing an interest in learning more about the entrepreneurial space and activities in Nigeria.

Mark Zuckerberg at Co-Creation Hub in Yaba, Nigeria
Philip Obi