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MainOne Links Zuckerberg’s Visit To Technology Vibrancy

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook; MainOne
Posted: Sep 7, 2016 at 1:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

An Information Technology (IT) Firm, MainOne, says the visit of Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg to Nigeria is a validation of the energy and vibrancy of the country’s technology industry.

The Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Ms Funke Opeke, in a statement, said that the technology industry was vibrant in spite of the infrastructure challenges.

Opeke said that there were enormous potential within Nigeria’s technology ecosystem that was currently untapped and under-utilised.

According to her, the country faces current challenges from the dwindling oil revenue, which has precipitated a difficult socioeconomic climate.

She said: “These challenges provide an opportunity to channel the energy of the country’s large youth population toward solving the country’s problems, using technology. The visit of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder is a validation of the energy and vibrancy of Nigeria’s tech industry, despite the infrastructure challenges.”

The MainOne boss stated that several Nigerian-grown technology companies such as ccHub, Andela, PagaTech, BudgIT,, Konga, Wakanow, MainOne among others had attained global recognition.

According to her, such companies were the country’s success stories and there remained immense opportunities for technological growth and job creation in Nigeria.

Opeke pointed out that she was confident in the growing start-up technology scene across Africa, added that there was still the need for increased support for the ecosystem.

She added: “We feel privileged to have been a vital part of deepening the start-up and innovation ecosystem in Nigeria. This is especially with our investment in fibre-optic infrastructure to support the Yaba Innovation Headquarters (IHQ) project, in partnership with ccHub, Technovision and Lagos State Government, which Zuckerberg has described as an impressive initiative.

”Zuckerberg’s visit to Lagos spotlights Nigeria as an emerging tech hub and places the country on a higher pedestal in the global tech world. This will only encourage more investors to pay attention to what is going on here.

“The visit also validates the Co-Creation Hub project and the vision by Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe, six years ago, to establish an innovation centre for start-up tech-oriented businesses. It also validates their efforts in create an enabling environment for these companies,” she stressed.

The MainOne boss said that just a few weeks ago, the CcHub also hosted Senator Markey of the U.S. Senate and several congresswomen on a tour to promote the need for improved Internet connectivity.

She added that the tour by the U.S officials was also for economic development in Nigeria.

She said: “We are so proud of these Nigerians who are putting our country on the Digital map.”

She said that MainOne was committed to supporting the start-up ecosystem to ensure the socio-economic development of Africa through the creation of sustainable businesses and enterprises.

According to Opeke, the company already supports innovation through partnerships with Co-Creation Hub, Andela,, Delta State Innovation Hub, and Hackerspace in Ghana.

The MainOne boss said that the company also backed initiatives to develop technology penetration.

She said: “This we have done by sponsorship of Demo Africa, the national software competition organised by the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria’s TENT programmes, among others.”