In a time where most of the news articles you read or hear about Nigeria is on corruption,boko haram or a gloomy economic disposition ,and being here in the US I take so much time and passion to explain to anyone I meet about many great stuffs about Nigeria and how hard working ,industrious the Nigerian people are especially the young Nigerians.So it gladdens my heart to see how Mark Zuckerberg,the Founder of Facebook has recognized the ingenuity of young Nigerian developers.Yesterday in a Facebook post here is what Mark wrote and that has become a great inspiration to many young developers on Facebook who despite all the odds in the country are building their businesses.
Excerpts from Mark Zuckerberg’s post:
Today we’re partnering with Airtel Africa to launch Internet.org Free Basics in Nigeria.
There’s a lot of innovation across Africa right now, and Nigeria in particular is home to a lot of talented developers.
In 2009, Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi started a site called Jobberman in their dorm to help connect people looking for work with companies looking to hire. Now Jobberman is one of the top 100 websites in Nigeria, and it gets 5,000 applications every day.
Free Basics offers Nigerians, including 90 million people who are currently offline, the opportunity to access news, health information and services like Jobberman that were built by Nigerians and other developers across West Africa — all without having to pay for data.
Free Basics is now live in more than 40 countries, and half of those are in Africa. Over the next few months, we’ll be doing even more to connect developers with people who can use their apps — and partner with local companies to bring internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks.
In the meantime, I’m excited to see what Nigerians build next!
Thanks Mark for inspiring change around the world and your kind words about Nigerian Developers!