Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook has said that Nigerian software developers have the opportunity of emerging the next phase of internet billionaires, based on the software entrepreneurship model being developed in the country even as he praised Nigeria for leading Africa’s Facebook users with 18 million people.
At his first developer conference in Africa held in Lagos, Zuckerberg while speaking during a question and answer session with over 100 Nigerian software developers said he was in the country to listen and get ideas as well as help them build applications that would reach local and international audiences and become a force to be reckoned with in the global space.
He advised them to focus on creating value and solving problems for people rather than the gains they would make from their business ventures.
He, however, noted that to lead the way in the continent digital revolution, the country must focus increasing ICT infrastructure from public and private sides, promote affordability and develop locally-relevant solutions that gravitate people to use the Internet.
He said he and his team were working to provide more access to the Internet through ‘Free Basic’, an initiative is already launched in 22 countries across the world, including Nigeria, where it is partnering with Airtel. “We are increasingly focused on connectivity and while people are embracing the Internet.
“Something is critical and that is the fact that we must create solutions that enhance life and drive businesses for the people,” he said, advising Nigerian tech entrepreneurs to stay-focused on learning and not to be afraid of failure. “You should not be afraid of failure.