Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria. News of his unannounced trip broke Tuesday with social media photos of him visiting the Co-Creation Hub (Cchub) innovation center in Lagos.
Zuckerberg then visited Andela, a software developer accelerator, in which he and his wife’s foundation invested $24million earlier this year.
It seems Zuckerberg travels a bit like the president, per CcHub CEO Bosun Tijani’s account.
“Facebook told us a few weeks ago there would be a visit by the partnerships manager. Then they told us a few days ago it could be Mark, but it was all top secret until today,” he told TechCrunch.
Zuckerberg met with coders in CcHub’s co-working space and then visited the incubation space, where he talked with reps from bookings startup Hotels.ng and LifeBank App, a digital blood donor database.
Today, Zuckerberg is expected to host a Q&A session sharing Facebook’s strategic plans in Africa’s largest economy. Though the visit is part of a series of global town hall meetings, Facebook’s strong ties with Nigeria cannot be ignored. With 16 million people visiting the social media platform monthly, Nigeria remains Facebook’s biggest market in Africa.