Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook‘s trip to Lagos was epic.
You could literally feel the buzz in the room yesterday at the developers and entrepreneurs Q&A.
There was something about his excitement about what he described as Nigeria’s “Entrepreneurial Energy” that was contagious.
It was special…
Some of the key points Zuck highlighted
yes, we just called him Zuck…we are now close like that :) are listed below.
Not that we needed a Silicon Valley Billionaire to remind us but it’s always very encouraging to hear positive things about Nigeria and Nigerians. For us, it’s a reminder that despite all the challenges, we should keep striving.
It was great to hear that he recognised the
- Entrepreneurial Energy
- Resilience of Nigerian entrepreneurs and developers.
He talked about a young lady named Blessing who is a graduate of the Andela programme (The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invested in the startup this year). Blessing applied and didn’t get into the Andela programme (The programme is highly selective and has an admission rate famously even lower than Harvard’s).
Though she was not admitted, she showed up anyway and she kept on showing up until they gave her a chance. She ended up doing exceptionally well and now her career in software engineering is thriving.
Before we dive into our BellaNaija Moment (YAY), let us mention one of the quotes which stood out. –
“The best way to predict the future is to change it.“
BellaNaija Founder, Uche Pedro was at the event. Watch!