Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrived in Kenya today. Zuckerberg is on his first ever visit to sub-saharan Africa and has already been to Nigeria. He arrived in Kenya today (Thursday) where he says he intends to meet with entrepreneurs and developers. He also intends to learn about mobile money. The Facebook CEO visited one of Kenya’s most influential innovation and technopreneurship centers iHub. The iHub catalyses the growth of the Kenyan tech community by connecting people, supporting startups, and surfacing information. Mark was also spotted at a popular food outlet in Kenya eating a traditional dish.
“Just landed in Nairobi! I’m here to meet with entrepreneurs and developers, and to learn about mobile money. 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 ZUCKERBERG on his Facebook
Kenya’s tech scene or Silicon Savannah as it is popularly known has grown dramatically in the past few years. Heavily loaded with youthful enterprise and groundbreaking innovations, Kenya has some of the continent’s most successful tech ventures. One of such ventures is the mobile money platform. M-PESA . The mobile money platform has been so successful that it is now a global case study used by many entrepreneurs, bankers and innovators.
The Africa visit by Mark Zuckerberg sets up the continent for great things to come. The continent is rich with young and innovative graduates who are unemployed hence visits which may lead to investment are much welcome. It will be interesting to see where the visit lands the Facebook CEO next.