Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visits Kenya to learn about MPesa

by Edgar Hayes September 2, 2016, 0:38
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visits Kenya to learn about MPesa

The mobile money service was hailed and singled out by U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Kenya past year, saying the country was leading innovation in the East African region by launching a program which had never been seen anywhere else in the world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Nigeria for the first time to see what its tech culture and startups were all about.

Zuckerberg who gushed about the ugali and tilapia was joined by the ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru with whom they discussed internet access and connecting everyone in Kenya. His surprise visit to Nigeria, Facebook's largest African market with over 18 million users, was to learn more about the country with a focus around entrepreneurship and web development. 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. One of my favorite parts of traveling to a new country is trying the food.

Andela developers spend six months mastering a technical stack and contributing to open source projects before being placed with global technology companies as full-time, distributed teammates, working out of Andela headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has set out an ambitious target to interconnect people across the globe. "This is where the future is going to be built", Zuckerberg said from Lagos.


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