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.
    There was no fanfare amid tight security and some of those working at the Co-Creation Hub, called CcHUB, didn't even know Zuckberg was coming.
      He appeared nervous, a little startled even, as he launched into an impromptu speech about why he was there.