“This is where the future is going to be built”. A statement made by facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg while on a visit to Lagos, Nigeria.
Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise visit to Lagos, Nigeria to sit down with local entrepreneurs and developers to learn about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria.
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“The thing that is striking (about Nigeria) is the entrepreneurial energy. I think when you’re trying to build something, what matters the most is who wants it the most. This is where the future is going to be built,” Mark Zuckerberg.
“The energy here is amazing and I’m excited to learn as much as I can.”
Zuckerberg is also in Nigeria to promote his Free Basics project, a service which offers “free access” to Facebook and a selection of other websites.
“Whether you care about connecting people, friends and family or helping people startup businesses, the internet is one of the most fundamental parts of infrastructure that I think needs to exist,”
India banned the service earlier this year after complaints that it discriminated against other online services.
Mark Zuckerberg is welcome in Africa and his Free Basics project is noble, however one might think that he he is too late.
There are internet providers, in Africa, that already provide their customers with free access to Facebook, youtube and even instant messaging service, Whatsapp.