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What Mark Zuckerberg’s 2 Visits to Nigeria Means

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, met with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa on Friday afternoon.

The young billionaire had been in Nigeria since Tuesday. He later traveled to Kenya where he met with that country’s ICT minister.

Mr. Zuckerberg, 32, returned to the country to participate in the Aso Villa Demo Day, an event organized by the Buhari administration for Nigerians to showcase their ideas for possible investment support from the government.

It was thought that he had left without meeting with Nigerian government officials.

State House social media handles have not released detailed information about the meeting.

What does Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Lagos,  Nigeria mean to Nigerians individually and as a society?

Very clearly, it suggests that even as the economy tries to find its balance, the opportunities abounding in the Nigerian tech sphere are large enough to warrant the world’s seventh richest man coming all the way to take a look for himself.

He arrived just in time to be ahead of Y Combinator’s visit to Nigeria which was supposed to be in September. Zuckerberg may have come just early enough to be able to make his mark as the first of the tech giants of this generation to make this symbolic visit. It surely will be the first of many to come.

Facebook has been trying to sell free basics to the developing world, and this could be an opportunity for Zuckerberg to personally convince Nigerians to use the service.

Whatever it is, the writings on the wall are even bolder, Nigeria is a good place to establish a start-up and now is as good a time as any.

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