Zuckerberg falls in love with Kenya’s ugali, tilapia


Zuckerberg [L] Kenya ICT minister [R] enjoy posho in a local restaurant

 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi Thursday, excited fans when he visited the popular Mama Oliech’s restaurant in Hurlingham.

The billionaire connected to Kenya from Nigeria in his first ever Sub-Saharan Africa visit to meet entrepreneurs and learn about mobile money.

Zuckerberg who was accompanied by Joseph Mucheru, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Information and Communications, ordered for a plate of ugali [Kiswahili for posho] and tilapia [a fish].

The billionaire took down the whole plate of ugali and tilapia as he discussed internet and how to connect Kenya.

“I had lunch in Nairobi with Joseph Mucheru, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Information and Communications. We ate at MAMA Oliech Restaurant. — a local place everyone recommended,” he said.

He added: “One of my favourite parts of traveling to a new country is trying the food. I enjoyed ugali and a whole fried tilapia for the first time and loved them both!”.

Through a post on his Facebook page, Mr Zuckerberg said he wants to “learn more about mobile money, where Kenya is the world leader.”


Zuckerberg enjoys his posho

The social media billionaire’s first stop was at the iHub, Nairobi’s innovation hub for technology, an open-space centre for technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers.

“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,” he posted on his Facebook page.

He added: “It’s inspiring to see how engineers here are using mobile money to build businesses and help their community.”


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