This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I’ll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I’m excited to learn as much as I can.
Our first stop is 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 here!
This is Rosemary Njoku. I just met Rosemary at the Facebook Express Wi-Fi stand she runs in Lagos.
Express Wi-Fi empowers entrepreneurs to build a business by providing their community with access to the internet. Facebook designed the technology, and local internet providers add the connectivity. Express Wi-Fi is part of ourInternet.org initiative.
Rosemary already had a business before she also started selling Express Wi-Fi as well, but she told me she now has 3,000 customers and makes much more money from Express Wi-Fi. She’s a great example of how local entrepreneurs spread internet access around the world.
This week, we’re launching a satellite into space to enable more entrepreneurs across Africa to sell Express Wi-Fi and more people to access reliable internet. That means more connectivity and more opportunity for entrepreneurs like Rosemary everywhere.
Ada Dalyn Dike: We are excited to have you here. Please, find time to visit Nigeria more often because this is where you have the highest number of fans that are black.
Ibrahim Zangon Daura: Hello Mark Thanks for your visits into our respectable country Nigeria,this shown that you recognised mass facebook users in the country.And as you recognised one of the Nigerian language i.e Hausa,to be one of the languages used in the facebook App, we are very thankful for that,and we hope that you would apply other languages e.g YORUBA,IGBO,FULFULDE and so on in the facebook App. As you used Hausa. Thanks !
Mark Zuckerberg: Thanks! I’m glad we support Hausa and we’re planning on supporting a lot more languages soon.
Ojobor Okechukwu S: Welcome Mark. Hope your visit will inspire young folks here. I also want to see your pictures running our streets.
Thanks Mark Zuckerberg for coming to Lagos.