Mark Zuckerberg's visit gives Nigerian startups much-needed boost

Story highlights

  • Zuckerberg causes a stir with surprise visit to Nigeria on Tuesday
  • Entrepreneurs say it will give country's startup industry a boost

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's visit to Nigeria, his first to sub-Saharan Africa, has put the country's tech businesses firmly in the world's spotlight.

Zuckerberg staged a surprise visit to the country's economic capital Lagos on Tuesday and his first stop was a local innovation center and tech hub in Yaba, an area on the mainland of Lagos known as Nigeria's Silicon Valley.