Mark Zuckerberg is getting serious about adding new “friends” in Africa.
The Facebook founder visited Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time on Tuesday, touching down in Lagos, Nigeria. He met with local businesses and developers in an effort to understand how Facebook (FB, Tech30) could “better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa,” the company said in a statement.
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.
Zuckerberg told CNN: “There’s so much energy and so much potential here. I just want to walk around and meet folks.”
As Zuckerberg walked down the street, he drew loud cheers from passer-by’s .Zuckerberg has been increasingly involved in African initiatives this year.
In June, his foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative made a multi-million dollar investment in Andela, a two-year-old startup that trains African software developers and gives them full-time roles at international companies.
Andela’s director Seni Sulyman said it was a thrill to welcome Zuckerberg.