Mark Zuckerberg has landed in Nairobi to meet Kenya’s entrepreneurs and developers. The Internet entrepreneur announced his arrival on his Facebook page and says he hopes “to learn about mobile money — where Kenya is the world leader”.
The 32-year-old tech billionaire said his first visit is iHub, a place “where entrepreneurs can build and prototype their ideas”.
Zuckerberg has already hit the ground running, and says he has already met with two Kenyan engineers, Fausto and Mark. The engineers designed a system to help people use mobile payments to buy small amounts of cooking gas, which is 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”, Zuckerberg wrote.
— m:lab East Africa (@mlabeastafrica) September 1, 2016
Zuckerberg’s visit to Kenya is his second to an African country after spending two days in Nigeria on his maiden visit to the continent. Zuckerberg arrived in Lagos on Tuesday and visited a local innovation centre and tech hub in Yaba, and met various young tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and developers.
While in Nigeria, the Facebook founder visited a number of tech initiatives including Co-Creation Hub (Cc Hub), a leading technology incubator start-up, and Andela, a coding start-up.
There is hope that Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria and Kenya will indeed boost innovation across the continent, and African governments, and corporates will begin to heavily invest in the long-held tech ideas, dreams and aspirations.