Facebook founder, Zuckerberg visits Kenya

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By Ruth Mutegi

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made an impromptu visit to Kenya on Thursday.

Zuckerberg visited iHub in Nairobi and also held talks with ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru.

Through a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said he wanted to learn more about mobile money, where Kenya is the world leader and  where entrepreneurs can build and prototype their ideas

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He said that he will be meeting developers and entrepreneurs and learning more about Kenya’s mobile money.

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Zuckerberg’s first stop in Nairobi was the Innovation Hub, popularly known as the iHub, where local developers, entrepreneurs, engineers and ICT stakeholders converge.

The Facebook founder said, “It’s inspiring to see how engineers here are using mobile money to build businesses and help their community”.

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Zuckerberg also met with ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru where they talked about internet access and the initiatives the government is putting in place to connect everyone in Kenya to the internet.

Facebook has been working on a project that aims at beaming free high speed internet in remote parts of Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus in Nigeria and Kenya.

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Zuckerberg has been investing in startups in Africa, through the ChanZuckerberg Initiative, which has recently invested in one of the biggest startups dubbed Andela.

Andela, which trains developers in Africa, has headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi.

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