Mark Zuckerberg Visits Andela, Inspires Nearly 200 Nigerian Developers
Billionaire and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, after his surprise visit to the Co-creation Hub Lagos (CcHub) yesterday, visited Andela Amity Campus in Lagos, where he invested $24 Million Dollars few months ago.
Techpoint reported that he met with nearly 200 software developers and the leadership team . During a closed door meeting at Andela, Mark Zuckerberg met with Seni Sulyman, Director of Operations, and Nadayar Enegesi, Director of Learning & Development, to discuss the learning science powering Andela and the company’s success placing world-class African software developers with technology companies around the world.
He told them:
“You are all a part of something that’s really important and I thank you for that — it’s awesome to get a chance to meet you.”
Seni Sulyman, the Director of Andela Lagos after Mark’s visit said:
“We are excited and honored to welcome Mark Zuckerberg to Lagos. His visit reinforces not only his support of Andela’s mission but his belief that indeed the next generation of great technology leaders will come out of Lagos, Nigeria and cities across Africa. Andela has created a platform for passionate, driven software developers and engineers to break into the global tech ecosystem, but the barriers to entry are still very high. Mark’s visit demonstrates to all Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs that they’ve caught the attention of the tech world, and they are capable of succeeding on a truly global level.”
Mark afterwards sat down with Andela developers Innocent Amadi, who runs the Facebook Lagos Developer Group, and Blessing Ebowe to learn about the highlights and challenges of being a software developer in Lagos.
Jeremy Johnson, Andela’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in response to Mark’s visit said:
“Today, the leading technologist of our generation got to meet some incredible people,” said Jeremy Johnson, Andela co-founder and CEO. “In a decade, we’ll be telling their story and highlighting the time they met Mark. In both cases, history is being written.”
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Meanwhile, Facebook has alunched a new initiative in Lagos dubbed ExpressWifi Hotspot that lets phone owners have access to cheap internet service.