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From Speaking on Nigerian Jollof Rice to Meeting Some of Nigeria’s Biggest Stars, Here are the Highlights of Mark Zuckerberg’s Second Day in Nigeria

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Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg arrived Nigeria yesterday – his first visit to Africa.

His first stop was at Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, Lagos, after which he went to Andela‘s office where the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative had earlier donated $24million dollars.

Here’s what he’s been up to since today.

This morning, he took a quick run across the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge with entrepreneurs in the Lagos Road Warriors running club. “Best way to see a city,” he said in a Facebook Post.

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Later in the day, he held a Question and Answer session with Tech Developers an Entrepreneurs in Lagos.

Watch it here:

During the session, Mark commended the energy of the Nigerian entreprenuer. “The first thing that struck me about Nigeria is the energy – the entrepreneurial energy,” he said.

Zuckerberg urged entrepreneurs to focus on learning at all giving opportunities.

He said that being focused on learning would help the entrepreneurs to know new things that would enable their businesses to succeed and grow.

According to him, learning is the process whereby one tries something and fails, but is able to make headway.

“You should not be afraid of failure but you fall and learn from it. You make success when you make mistakes,” he said.

Zuckerberg said that constantly willing to learn had made Facebook to succeed as the platform and had given people the power to stay connected, wherever they were.

He said that to connect with people across the globe entailed having access to the internet.

According to him, building infrastructure is essential to have access to the internet and remain connected with the rest of the world.

“If we build infrastructure, anywhere we are in the world, we will have access to the internet and stay connected. To make people have access to the internet, it has to be affordable, so that everyone can get it and remain connected. For people to get connected, they have to understand why the internet is valuable to them. We need to spread the awareness of the need for the internet to make the world a better place,” he said.

Zuckerberg said that it was the wish of Facebook that by 10 to 15 years, everyone across the globe would be connected.

One section of Mark’s speech trending on Social Media was the part on Nigerians’ Favorite Jollof Rice.

He spoke of his experience eating Jollof and Shrimps, and Pounded Yam and Goat meat. “It was delicious, it was really good. I was told not to compare the Jollof rice to that of neighboring countries,” he said.

Watch that part here:

After the meeting with Tech developers, Mark met with Nollywood actors and other celebrities at the #FacebookLive event #NaijaTalentLounge

He posted a photo the celebrities with the caption: “Visited Nollywood, crashed a hip hop music video, and met some of Nigeria’s biggest stars”.

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Present at the event were Basketmouth, Kunle Afolayan, DJ Cuppy, Toolz Oniru-Demuren, Chidinma, Stephanie Linus, Richard Mofe Damijo, Rita Dominic, Yemi Alade, and many more.

See the photos:

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Basketmouth says he was telling Mark “a thing or two”. LOL

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Photo Credit: Instagram – #NaijaTalentLounge | Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg

42 Comments

  1. AceOfSpades

    August 31, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    DJ cuppymusic bet why??? Girls, pouting and jollof rice, shrimps….

    • Seriously

      August 31, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      [email protected] pouting. Mark, looks totally lost in the pic with basket mouth. I have to love Nigerians. I read comments on FB, some of them gave Mark orders from the internet. You should visit here or there, make sure you eat so and so food. I know, you have an agenda not bcos you love Naija. I wish, Nigerians can freely talk to their leaders like that.

    • Marlvina

      August 31, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      LOL at least now he knows there no other Jollof Rice like that of Nigeria. Every other na counterfeit!!

    • As we dey

      September 1, 2016 at 12:09 am

      So nice. Very down to earth man. Nigerians can learn a thing or two from him.

    • Seriously

      September 1, 2016 at 1:04 am

      @Malvina
      Sorry, that will only be valid if he has tasted Ghana jollof…lol
      If he wants to enjoy nigerian dish is pounded yam and egusi soup, nobody cooks that combination like Nigerians. Nigerian soups are the best.

    • bb

      August 31, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      she also need to stop with the peace sign…can’t deal with that.

    • pat

      September 1, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      im not one to call a mess when I see it…but damn dj cuppy or na cup,,,weti u di do lagos?? so now weh Mark come u waka come lagos! chai..nobi u be write for huff post say e don move back to London> I beg let these nollywood ppl who when it is hard, chop garri enjoy this opportunity.

      now u guys can hate me for calling her out

  2. beauty

    August 31, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Yemi Alade, why dress so horribly??? See the simplicity in this great man called Mark, so inspiring

  3. King Bae

    August 31, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    He stated he visited Nollywood, please where is nollywood?

    • Marlvina

      August 31, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      The actors/actresses make up Nollywood.

    • ATL's finest

      September 1, 2016 at 3:19 am

      @ King Bae ???? be nice. Obalende or Ojumota ( hope i spelt it correctly) won’t be bad for Nollywood . See all THESE celebs so happy like Lil kids in a Candy store. But if some of there own Citizen wanna take a pix with them, they will show off mtchew. @ DJ cuppy stop that peace sign and let it GO. Kudos Mark & enjoy Eko.

  4. mo

    August 31, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    as usual, everyone apart from Mark overdressed….

    • bb

      August 31, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Kunle Afoh is not overdressed tho….also was up with Toolz wig or weave?

  5. Aso Oke

    August 31, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Hahaha this Cuppy I thought she didn’t like naija, heard Zuckerberg was in town, she quickly took the next plane for photo-op abi?? Pesin wey get more money than your papa (55times more), has been a better ambassador of Nigeria to the world than your daddy’s wealth will ever buy in a life time.

  6. Anon

    August 31, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    The Q and A session was interesting. Pretty Uche Pedro (BN) and her eloquent self.

  7. AndreTAyodeji

    August 31, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Coming thru…..#Simplicity

  8. Ariere

    August 31, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    People re so myopic and see things on face value. Mark Zuckerberg may look Humble and unassuming in appearance, but he is nothing as such in his thinking and ambition.

    If the Internet were to be a country, Mark would be its Dictator. He is lord and Ruler over almost 2 Billion people( growing number of people who have social media acct on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram combined?

    This man has unfiltered access to Everyone, Everything , Every information u have ever shared and posted, every secret group or whatever ur involved in. He knows it all. He knows you more than you know urself. He knows your Credit card Info’s, your Medical Reports.

    If only You know what IG and FB apps do inside your Smartphone’s CPU even when you re not actively using it…well, stealing all ur information, that’s what they do!

    He will almost always be powerful cus Information is the new Currency and power of Today’s world. That’s his trade: Information. Giving all the information he gathers from u all to interest groups like Advertisers, Govt etc to control you to their biddings Etc.

    Be Afraid, Be very afraid of this Unassuming ‘Humble’ Young Billionaire.

    • Anon

      August 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Do you store your credit card info and medical reports on his platforms and in your smartphone? Re-information mining, he’s not different from Tim Cook/Apple, Biz Stone/Jack/Twitter, Elon Musk/PayPal, Larry Page/Google or even your bank and the supermarkets that you have loyalty cards with. It’s a big brother society and there’s no hiding. We are all under the spotlight one way or the other. Stay clean.

    • Bola

      September 1, 2016 at 12:29 am

      Ariere, well said. India were smart and they rejected his offer. Nigeria however, only to get unnecessarily excited, overhype things and people, take dumb selfies for the gram and do things without thinking critically. No Mark, we’re not interested. Sucks we don’t have wise leaders to see beyond the picture.

    • Comment

      September 1, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Bola what offer? Please expantiate….

    • NG

      September 1, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Wish i or my fellow Naijas can have such capacity…ow!

  9. De Duchess

    August 31, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    See how the pompous Kunle Afolayan’s forehead is blinking with humility.

    I love that all the celebrities that met him are not those that can over do.

  10. De Duchess

    August 31, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Uche Pedro was at the Q and A?

    Don’t have MB for the long video.

    Please who else was there? What did they ask? Haba BN

  11. Ms jazz

    August 31, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Africa to the world!? Love the photo with Rita and Mark, cute!

  12. Peaches77

    August 31, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Excellent Q&A session. Enjoyed every bit of it.

  13. Halima

    August 31, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    The man is fine though

    • yaz

      August 31, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Success makes a man handsome not effizy

  14. Ayo Jay

    August 31, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    see cuppy and her mouth, American Zuckerberg is more of a Nigerian Ambassador than you and he his way richer than your daddy by yuuuge margin and he is not using daddy’s money to pay for it. Oh you forgot about security when it came to photo op and famzing abi?

  15. Ethio

    August 31, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    ??fine? which man?

    • Someonecute

      August 31, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Lol. Ethio please I can’t laff..

  16. blessing

    August 31, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Why pout in such a picture?

  17. Chekwube

    August 31, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    With the kind of money he has, indeed he handsome not just fine.

  18. juzzay

    August 31, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Trust naija celebrities them don storm there before you know it »»»» opportunity come but once and they are using it as they get *wink*

  19. yaz

    August 31, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Wait? You mmean to tell me Toke was sidelined from thi Zuckerberg-gate?

  20. Chuchu

    September 1, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Wonder*…. Ugly man, very aesthetically challenged human eyesore

  21. Tosin

    September 1, 2016 at 9:03 am

    “Snail is good, I can testify” 😀 😀 these guys are feminists!!!
    Speaking of which, where are the chics? Where are the girls? Why is this a sausage-fest? Ban make-up and selfies.

  22. Nwachukwu Ogechukwu

    September 1, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Our celebrities should learn from this man,wearing 2million naira cloth,23million naira wrist watch,30million naira loboutin shoe,etc doesn’t show you are rich.it only shows that you have empty head.cos that money can go a long way creating impact in our country,even for ur village sef

  23. Tosin

    September 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

    The quick review / Should you watch/download the full hour-long chat? Yeah. Two reasons: the companies/services/products and the guy.

    He’s an impressive kid and his communication is impressive (cultural sensitivity, appropriateness, empathy, humour, all that) , especially impressive because you have to believe that it’s learned, not that natural, i.e. the guy who built facebook is naturally a technical person, far more abstract.
    If he could get his “personal development” up to this level, then so can any geek (who wishes to, it shouldn’t be compulsory in my opinion) and of course so can any non-geek. He has good posture, is fit and polite – his mother would be proud.

    He’s said that Lagos matters. Now that oyinbo – oyinbo with money for that matter – has said it, I know you will try to start to believe it. Twenty-something million people, the capital of BLACKLANDIA, crazy town but hey, there’s a lot unique and special about the energy. And blessed. Lagos people are crazy. Island…yuck…crazy.

    • Nv

      September 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Am not sure I understand this comment.
      Agree with you though, on his learned(and improved) communication.

    • Lizzie

      September 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

      I absolutely agree with you. His ‘cultural sensitivity and appropriateness’ were indeed amazing. I was telling my sister this after watching the live recording. He knew just when to pause on the jollof matter. No need alienating Ghanaians or others for that matter who are equally his customers just to go with the moment’s hype.

  24. Prince

    September 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Mark that’s a multi billionaire in dollars dressed simple, these ones that bank can convert their money to coin want to come show off except for one of two.
    Kunle Afolayan, well done jare, you look great. Yemi looking as if she’s going for BET award with her yeye hair. Rita looks simple too kinda.
    Mark, please taste some abula (amala with gbegiri and ewedu) with ponmo and orishirishi

  25. Mz_Danielz

    September 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Dressing simply should be a choice fa, the fact that Mark dressed simply shouldn’t be used as a yardstick. It’s only a challenge if people owe or ignore basic neccessities to be ostentatious. There are different people and wealth only make us more of whatever we are

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