Mark Zuckerberg meets tech developers in first visit to Nigeria

Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg meets with developers and local businesses in Nigeria.

LAGOS, NIGERIA (AUGUST 31, 2016) (REUTERS) – Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg met with developers and local businesses in Nigeria on Wednesday (August 31) during his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Zuckerberg, who touched down in Nigeria on Tuesday (August 30), is looking to better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.

His first visit was to Yaba, a tech enclave in Nigeria’s sprawling commercial capital, where tech start-ups are rooted and creating a buzz.

During a question and answer session with developers, Zuckerberg said Facebook wants to make sure the social networking site loads quickly for people all over the world, no matter the Internet service they use.

“The service needs to load quickly, right? If people want to use the service it’s going to take half a minute to load, so we have to make sure that works on all these different network conditions around the world. That’s a big part of our job too and we take all this really, really seriously,” he said.

“Increasingly I think we’re spending more time on kind of customising and making sure that the services work really well all around the world, but it’s a big part of the mission, right? If you’re trying to connect everyone in the world, you know the community right now has 1.7 billion people but there are seven billion people in the world, so there are more than five billion people who we need to reach in their native language, in the technology stack that they are using,” Zuckerberg added.

During his visit, the entrepreneur also met with kids attending a coding camp and local startup founders.

In June, Zuckerberg’s philanthropy venture made its first major investment, leading a funding round in a startup that trains and recruits software developers in Africa.