The 32 year old billionaire’s visit to Nigeria was unannounced. In this YOUTUBE video Mark Zuckerberg Shares his experience with Nigerian food. Thrilled by level of technology development at the CcHub, Mark Zuckerberg, said, “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. The first place I got to visit was 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 in Nigeria.”
His visit included a trip to a Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, where he toured a coding camp for kids and met with about 50 local startup founders and developers at CcHub, a local innovation center. According Zuckerberg: “There’s so much energy and so much potential here. I just want to walk around and meet folks.”
Facebook believes internet connectivity is a fundamental human right , they’re doing everything to prove that. Word has it they’re partnering with Cool Link to set up Express Wifi hotspots in various parts of Lagos.
ExpressWifi is a Facebook initiative that gives mobile device owners in underserved communities access to fast and affordable internet service through partnerships with local internet service providers. Facebook is also providing a software that’ll help ISPs and entrepreneurs sell or provide internet with a 15% commission on each data sale. It’s already live in India and seems to be doing better than Free Basics did over there.
Set to launch officially in Lagos some time this week, Express Wifi hotspots will have service speeds of 10Mbps with plans ranging from as low as N40 for 100MB daily to N1,600 for 5GB monthly. The Express Wifi hotspots are already live in some parts of Lagos – Ikota Shopping Complex, for instance – and will be rolled out to other parts of Nigeria as soon as the entire Lagos State is taken care of.
There’s already a site where people can sign up for a 14-day free trial (with up to 100MB per day) but coverage areas haven’t been announced yet.
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