Mark Zuckerberg in Nigeria to explore Nollywood

Mark Zuckerberg in Nigeria to explore Nollywood

While it is no longer news that Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria and has visited Co-Creation Hub, Facebook has made an official statement in a press release adding that the billionaire founder’s visit is also to ‘explore’ Nigeria and the world’s third-largest movie industry Nollywood. The press release reads: “CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Nigeria

While it is no longer news that Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria and has visited Co-Creation Hub, Facebook has made an official statement in a press release adding that the billionaire founder’s visit is also to ‘explore’ Nigeria and the world’s third-largest movie industry Nollywood.

The press release reads: “CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Nigeria this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and explore Nollywood.”

No further details was given about the movie industry tour but I’d believe he would be meeting with Nollywood digital distributor iRoko TV founder Jason Njoku. Nollywood is probably the most potent carrier of Nigerian culture colonizing the whole African continent. It makes sense that Mark would want to tap into that influence.

About his meeting with the Nigerian tech community, Facebook says “Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.”

Hotels.ng founder Mark Essien and VacantBoards CEO Alao Tunji with Mark Zuckerberg

Hotels.ng founder Mark Essien and VacantBoards CEO Alao Tunji with Mark Zuckerberg

Mark is still around for at least another day. He says he is “looking forward to meeting more people in Nigeria.”

Read Also: See hilarious tweets from Nigerians about Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Lagos

He later visited the Yaba office of Andela, the tech start-up he invested dozens of millions in. At the end of the day Zuckerberg stopped by an Express WiFi stand in Lagos owned by Rosemary Njoku. Facebook’s Express WiFi lets entrepreneurs like Rosemary set up a hot spot to help their community access apps and services built by local developers.

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  • […] Mark’s Response: One of the big things I think we need to do to connect everyone is to make sure there is good content representing all cultures and languages. The internet, in order for it to be useful needs to have good content that you understand and you want to interact with. One of the things I am most excited about my trip to Lagos is going to check out Nollywood. […]

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