Friday, 2 September 2016

Mark Zuckerberg visits Lagos, Nigeria

Zuckerberg landed in Lagos on Tuesday and visited a kids coding camp called CcHub in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos that's considered to be the city's tech hub

"The energy here is amazing and I'm excited to learn as much as I can," he wrote on his Facebook page.

When Zuckerberg visits another country, he always makes sure to go for a run. Here he is jogging across the Ikoyi Bridge in Lagos.

Zuckerberg also visited the Lagos office of Andela, a two-year-old Nigerian startup he invested $24 million into through his personal Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Andela pays young people in Afria to learn how to code
The concept behind Andela is pretty straightforward, CEO Jeremy Johnson explains.
There is a shortage of software developers in the US. That's created a boom in coding “bootcamps,” which charge tens of thousands of dollars for a few months of training, and it has increased outsourcing to developers all over the world (especially Eastern Europe and India). Demand for coders, in other words, is huge.
There are also a lot of smart young people in Africa who don’t get the opportunity to become programmers. Obiora explains it like this: parents in Nigeria want their talented kids to become doctors, or engineers, or something established. That’s fine, he says, but software development should be on the table too. There's an untapped supply.
He held an hour-long Q&A with local entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg visited Nollywood, the country's film-industry epicenter. "Visited Nollywood, crashed a hip hop music video, and met some of Nigeria's biggest stars," he said.

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