Mark Zuckerberg has landed in Nairobi to meet Kenya’s entrepreneurs and developers. The Internet entrepreneur announced his arrival on his Facebook page and says he hopes “to learn about mobile money — where Kenya is the world leader”.
The 32-year-old tech billionaire said his first visit is iHub, a place “where entrepreneurs can build and prototype their ideas”.
Zuckerberg has already hit the ground running, and says he has already met with two Kenyan engineers, Fausto and Mark. The engineers designed a system to help people use mobile payments to buy small amounts of cooking gas, which is 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 wrote.
I had lunch in Nairobi with Joseph Mucheru, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Information and Communications. We talked about internet access and his ambitious plans for connecting everyone in Kenya.
We ate at MAMA Oliech Restaurant. — a local place everyone recommended. One of my favorite 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!