After spending 2 days in Nigeria visiting key persons and the tech ecosystem, Zuckerberg visits Kenya to meet with entrepreneurs and developers. This founder is interested in learning mobile money, where Kenya is the world leader.
Mark’s first stop was at the iHub, Nairobi’s technology innovation hub, an open-space centre for technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers. He is interested in seeing the works of African engineers.”I’m starting at a place called iHub, where entrepreneurs can build and prototype their ideas. Two of the engineers I met — Fausto and Mark — designed a system to help people use mobile payments to buy small amounts of cooking gas, which is a lot safer and better for the environment than charcoal or kerosene. It’s inspiring to see how engineers here are using mobile money to build businesses and help their community,” mark stated.
“I had lunch in Nairobi with Joseph Mucheru, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Information and Communications. We talked about internet access and his ambitious plans for connecting everyone in Kenya.
We ate at MAMA Oliech Restaurant. — a local place everyone recommended. One of my favorite parts of traveling to a new country is trying the food. I enjoyed ugali and a whole fried tilapia for the first time and loved them both!” he said as a testimony to the delicious nature of the meal.
As Zuckerberg visits Kenya, the tech ecosystems feel motivated as Silicon founders are now seeing a great opportunity in Africa. Africa is a virgin market to be exploited and internet connectivity problem is the major challenge Africans face. The iHub initiative is a great one as it will enable young African entrepreneurs to go a long way with their ideas and transform them into great businesses.