Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg landed in Kenya’s Nairobi city today after visiting Lagos in Nigeria.
He posted on his Facebook page his arrival and the purpose for his visit.
“Just landed in Nairobi! I’m here to meet with entrepreneurs and developers, and to learn about mobile money — where Kenya is the world leader,” he said on his Facebook page.
He said he was in the country to meet with entrepreneurs and developers, and to learn about mobile money — where Kenya is the world leader.
He started off by visiting iHub, a place where entrepreneurs can build and prototype their ideas.
He met two engineers Fausto and Mark who have designed a system to help people use mobile payments to buy small amounts of cooking gas.
Zuckerberg was later joined by ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru.
“I’m starting at a place called iHub, where entrepreneurs can build and prototype their ideas. Two of the engineers I met — Fausto and Mark — designed a system to help people use mobile payments to buy small amounts of cooking gas, which is a lot safer and better for the environment than charcoal or kerosene. It’s inspiring to see how engineers here are using mobile money to build businesses and help their community.”
Zuckerberg was in Nigeria for a couple of days before landing in Kenya.
Last year in October, Facebook began taking steps to beam free high-speed Internet to remote parts of Kenya in a move likely to scare local telecommunications firms.
Facebook and French-based satellite provider Eutelsat plan to accelerate data connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Kenya and Nigeria.
“I am excited to announce our first project to deliver [the] Internet from space as part of our internet.org programme to connect the world,”
Mr Zuckerberg said last year.
The satellite programme will rely on Facebook’s internet.org platform, which has sparked controversy for failing to reach its target audience worldwide.
The application allows users to access the web for free for a limited time, but some websites will be blocked.
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