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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Why Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg came to Nigeria FIRST #HNNTech
Considering I'm the Facebook drama queen as named by blogger/journalist Stella Dimoko-Korkus. Facebook has always been solidly my main platform since 2004 when I worked in Harvard that summer. Andrew McCollum was one of the founders and Angel investor that actually sent me the famous e-mail to join as a beta tester then I named myself the first Nigerian on Facebook. 

I had 100,000 friends on MySpace and I wasn't a celebrity or musician. I just networked a lot and was one of the initial people on social media so I was a good candidate to help test Facebook. When Facebook rolled out to the public 10 years ago in 2006, my only real early friend was Glenda Day Dunlap an American lady I dragged from MySpace to join me on Facebook. Everyone has their Facebook story. lolz. 

Mark has been with the Pope earlier in the week and posted on his page that his next stop was Lagos. I don't know if Priscilla is on this leg of the trip with him. Great couple. So many new innovations on Facebook today, my favourite being the safety checks when there is a natural disaster or act of terrorism.  The 3 largest markets for Facebook in Africa are Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa with their offices in Johannesburg. Maybe he'll open an office soon in Nigeria and create jobs.

I spoke with him earlier today back in Nigeria. He is currently at some tech hub in Yaba, Lagos. Those kids above better be learning some app development or be 13yo to be on Facebook. lol. Have a nice time over there Mark.  Below is his post: 

"Next stop: Lagos! This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I'll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I'm excited to learn as much as I can.

Our first stop is the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba. I got to talk to kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to CcHub to build and launch their apps. I'm looking forward to meeting more people here!"

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